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I really, really, really like boiled eggs. It is a staple in my diet. I have low blood sugar, and when it gets too low, (skipping a meal), a quick fix of protein sets me right again, so I have the whites of the boiled eggs and give the yolk to my doggies as a little treat. There is always at least a dozen boiled eggs in my fridge at any one time. I would love to be able to put up some boiled eggs for TEOTWAWKI, but I have two problems with recipes I have come across so far--either the eggs are pickled, or they are in a vinegar-based hot sauce. I dislike pickles and don't tolerate anything beyond a mild hot sauce, and can't imagine eating hot sauce on boiled eggs, even though I do like it on scrambled eggs and omelettes. Does anyone have a canning recipe for boiled eggs that does not require vinegar/pickle brine/hot sauce?
I believe its not commonly done because of safety concerns. I know we preppers LOVE to throw USDA canning guidelines out the window whenever the need suits us - but there some things I think we just really need to be careful about and avoid it. That being said, pickling adds a layer of protection with the acidity of the vinegar - but the vinegar doesn't penetrate into the yolk, hence the problem. Some people say pickled eggs are fine to can as long as there are to scratches or cracks in the eggs so its perfectly smooth, so it doesn't expose the inside of the eggs to any bacteria. This is why there are all kinds of recipes involving pickled eggs.
For pressure canning hard boiled eggs - I have heard that you process them like you would process meat - 75-90min @ 10-15 lbs of pressure depending on your elevation with water leaving plenty of head space - have heard of people dry packing them too. I have never tried it but heard they turn out rather hard and rubber like. I have also heard that some times they burn - and once you burn eggs in your pressure canner you never get the smell out and getting the burn egg out of your jars is darn near impossible. I have also heard that eggs also make the jars in the canner prone to exploding especially if you didn't completely cook the egg to begin with. Just stuff I have heard???
If you do it be careful and if the finished product doesn't look right or smell right - throw it out. Good Luck!
If you would like, you can preserve fresh eggs for up to 9 months maybe longer by coating them in mineral oil and storing them in a cool dark place.
You can also scramble your eggs - then dehydrate them.
You can also buy the freeze dried powdered eggs.
Here is a cool link about preserving eggs: http://www.oldandsold.com/articles11/mi ... s-13.shtml
Yes, I am totally cool with the freeze-dried eggs, or dehydrated eggs, they just don't make a freeze-dried hard boiled egg, and that is the recipe I am fond of! lol
Nine months is an improvement...I think I may have to seriously start getting a brood of chickens. My son and I researched it today, and as long as we aren't a nuisance, we can get a few where we live.
Get yourself 3-4 hens, no rooster (they are usually the before mentioned 'nuisance') they will lay enough eggs to keep your family constantly in eggs. Maybe could try a brahma (sp?) rooster. I have heard they are very quiet, they are descended from jungle chickens in SA so had to be quiet to survive in the jungle.
Chickens are great! I hope you do. I love mine. There are so many benefits they bring to a home. They are little composters what comes out of their pen can go in your garden, they provide insect control (they LOVE to eat ticks), they love table scraps so nothing goes to waste, they have done studies that have shown watching chickens is like watching fish in the "stress reduction" benefits it gives you. They are cheap to keep, and OH YEAH did I mention the eggs and meat? They provide those as well.
why not just keep chickens? if I could I would..
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Would the same numbers apply to ducks? My son thinks ducks would be better than chickens for eggs, but I don't know enough about ducks (or chickens) to make a decision.
Things about ducks:
1) They can be more vicious than chickens -- and do more damage.
2) Since they want to be near water, they often lay their eggs in the muddy water where you don't see them. Then they can pull them out later when they're almost rotten.
3) They are larger eggs. The smallest duck egg is about as big as the biggest chicken egg.
4) They have a much stronger smell. That smell of boiled egg you get from store...that is as strong as you get from fried duck eggs. Boiled duck eggs are even stronger.
I prefer chicken eggs. But if you can get duck eggs, they're ok.
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But.....ducks are fairly quiet. Making them easy to keep in town. Also making them ideal to keep in a situation where maybe you don't want every starving person in your neighborhood listening to a rooster.
Personally we went with chickens, but I can see where duck might be handy. My friend has them and she gets twice what I get for a dozen eggs.
There is also quail. Small - not necessarily easy keepers, but quiet, tasty and because their eggs are some what of a novelty they sell for alot more than chicken eggs, if you can find people who want to buy them. I have a hard enough time finding people who aren't are afraid of Farm Fresh chicken eggs!
Ducks are really nasty and smell pretty bad. When I was a kid, we had 200 of them. I never missed them.
Check around for recipes for eggs "pickled" with beet juice. Generally is an Amish type dish and may be the ticket for you. I have had them canned and they are not the strong vinegar base most of the egg recipes are.
I think it's perfectly fine to pickle eggs as long as you keep them refrigerated and toss them after a few weeks. It's not something I would use in medium to long term storage or sitting around at room temperature for extended periods of time. If any of the yolks are exposed, there is an increased risk of botulism due to the pH of the yolk. Some people might be willing to take the risk. I'm not one of them.
I have heard of people dehydrating and powdering eggs. Personally it's not something I would do either because I am a bit of an egg snob and would rather eat beans than some dry, rubbery discolored eggs. If it was all we had, I 'd eat it. But it wouldn't be my first choice.
I eat duck eggs as quick as chicken eggs. All good. Ducks are good pets. Mine are not mean, but they take less crap from rowdy little dogs. I don't think they do as well in small pens like chicken tolerate.
Yes they are messy & eat a lot. Mine are free range & have better night vision to stay safer at night. Some ducks will give nearly as many eggs as many chickens.
Oh, and they can't fly over the fence like a chicken.
If space is a problem, raise bantam chickens or bantam ducks. I've raised many many different breeds. Two bantam eggs = one normal sized large egg. Bantam chickens can get by on less food and take up less space. They can be trained from a young age and even kept in small pens in the house. No rooster means no crowing but even hens put up a lot of noise on occasion. (They like to make a racket after laying an egg). Anyone that's raised chickens knows this).
Call ducks are clean, quiet, and lay a normal sized egg. I raised them in the yard with my very young children around them. No problems at all. One call duck hen once laid 24 eggs before she decided to brood. Half of them hatched! Being bantam sized, she couldn't cover all 24 eggs at once.
I would rather eat fresh eggs from any kind of hen than canned or dried.
I have pickled them and kept them in jars in the frig for two weeks in the summer time. They are refreshing sliced into salads this way.
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