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    Default Preserving eggs the old fashioned way

    Came across this and thought I'd share
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    That's really interesting, Jay. I've preserved eggs for up to a year in isinglass, which works very well, except the skin of the yolk becomes weak so when you crack the egg usually the yolk breaks, but fine for any egg dish not needing whole yolks.
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    I watched the next video on, then this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaQLqKhSxY0 which shows eggs after 8 months in slaked lime. The presenter is a bit gabby but the eggs look really good. May try this method sometime
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    Looks very interesting. would suggest that this was a bucket that sat in the corner and was re-used unlike our use once society. (I don't know, but there is no reason to replace unless an egg exploded in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    Looks very interesting. would suggest that this was a bucket that sat in the corner and was re-used unlike our use once society. (I don't know, but there is no reason to replace unless an egg exploded in it
    You leave it somewhere cool and keep adding fresh eggs every day till it's full, then put the lid on firmly and start to use the eggs when the hens stop laying as winter approaches. It's an excellent way of storing eggs when you are getting more than you can use in springtime, and something I always did when I kept banties, albeit with isinglass, not slaked lime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mothhawk View Post
    You leave it somewhere cool and keep adding fresh eggs every day till it's full, then put the lid on firmly and start to use the eggs when the hens stop laying as winter approaches. It's an excellent way of storing eggs when you are getting more than you can use in springtime, and something I always did when I kept banties, albeit with isinglass, not slaked lime.
    Appreciate that, but is it not like what some people would do with pickling vinegar. They each the onions and then reuse the vinegar the following year. i.e. you use all the eggs, keep the liquid safe and then refill?


    Watched the follow on video with lady beating eggs in batches of 6 then freezing them. Bit of a waste using zip lock bags if just binning them. would you not just open the bag, breach egg in two and put in a plastic tub...

    Then dish wash zip lock bag hung over a small tray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    Appreciate that, but is it not like what some people would do with pickling vinegar. They each the onions and then reuse the vinegar the following year. i.e. you use all the eggs, keep the liquid safe and then refill?
    No, you can't re-use the isinglass, and presumably you can't re-use the slaked lime. After 8 months would you want to?

    And I certainly would not re-use pickling vinegar like that either.
    A safe brine for pickling has a certain salt and vinegar percentage that ensures the vegetable – onions, cucumbers, green beans, beets, whatever – will be properly acidulated to prevent the growth of Clostridium botulinum and other nasties.

    When a vegetable is pickled, the vinegar and the salt draw water out of the cells of the vegetable and, through osmotic action, the salt and acid levels stabilize between the vinegar solution and the vegetable being pickled.

    In other words, the vegetables soak up some of the salt and vinegar, and the solution is diluted. This isn’t a problem when you first make pickles because tested solutions account for the dilution that occurs when the solution interacts with the vegetables.

    However, once the solution has been used to successfully pickle one batch of vegetables, it is no longer at the original salinity or acidity level that allowed it to safely bottle that first batch of pickles.

    If you attempt to preserve a second batch of pickles with reused vinegar solution, you could be setting yourself up for some really bad microbial growth you do not want.
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    The only way I reuse pickling vinegar is on my chips.
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