This Survival Trick Keeps Eggs From Spoiling

When it comes to survival food, it seems like everyone’s got a breakfast recipe involving eggs. And not only that – if you go on YouTube you can find tons of videos featuring people cooking eggs for survival. They’re cooking them inside hollow bell peppers, hollow tomatoes, hollow potatoes…there’s even a video showing how you can cook an egg in a papaya, as well as in a coconut. Heck, there’s even one showing you how to cook eggs on top of a shovel.

My point is that we as humans have an obsession with eggs. People all over the world use them in their cooking and baking. They’re so extremely versatile – you can fry them, scramble them, poach them, add them to baking, and hard-boil them (just to name a few). There’s so much you can do with an egg that it’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t enjoy them.

But it’s not just their popularity or their versatility that makes them an incredible survival food. It’s also the nutritional benefits that come along with them. For example, eggs are a protein powerhouse, containing over 7 grams of top-quality protein. Despite being filling, eggs also are low in calories (only about 75 calories for each) low in fat (5 g), and are chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and iron.

But that’s not all. Eggs also contain the life-saving nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. These actively help prevent vision loss and blindness in older adults. This alone makes them extremely worthwhile to keep handy for an emergency.

Despite all these amazing attributes, there’s one factor that prevents people from adding eggs to their survival food stockpile. And that’s that, in the refrigerator, they tend to go bad after a couple weeks.

And what’s the point of stocking food that’s going to expire soon?

Well, before you stop reading this article and give up hope, I have one more trick up my sleeve that’s going to (hopefully) convince you to keep those eggs around for a SHTF situation.

This Survival Trick Keeps Eggs From Spoiling

It may seem tricky to make eggs last a long time (without dehydrating them). However, the process is surprisingly simple – and the results are well-worth the effort.

To accomplish this task, you really only need two main ingredients: fresh eggs and mineral oil.

Don’t know where to get mineral oil? It’s not where you think. Rather than going down the baking aisle at the local supermarket, you’ll want to visit the pharmacy in the first-aid section (or wherever stomach remedies are sold).

Here’s the process for stockpiling:

Check The Egg’s Freshness

You can do this by dropping the egg into a container of water. If the egg sinks, it’s still fresh. If it floats, then the egg is no longer fresh. Make sure to run this test before applying the oil.

Use The Oil

Dry off the eggs with a towel, and put on a pair of gloves. Now pour a small amount of mineral oil into your hands, and rub it all over the egg. Repeat this process until each egg has an even covering of mineral oil.

Check Them Weekly

Leave the eggs on the counter, and check on them once every seven days. When you check on them, make sure the coating is still even all over.

If you decide to use one of them for cooking/baking, you can drop it in the water for the freshness test. However, you can take some comfort in knowing these will likely last for months!

6 Responses
  • Dan
    December 5, 2017

    Great idea. Does this work with store eggs or only farm eggs?

  • Ed
    December 5, 2017

    I grew up on the dregs of a farm and never heard this. Of course, when we wanted fresh eggs we just went to the hen house.

  • Edmon Nelson
    December 5, 2017

    This sounds really great , Question I have is about keeping then in travel , Could you put each in small container with oil rotating around them , I cook one each morning for myself and two for my wife with other things . In the 70’s I spent 6.5 years as an Instructor in the Mountain Phase of Ranger School in my army days ,I was drafted in may 71 . My wife taught 1 st grade in Enterprise Al for 32 years . She cooks lunch and supper except wed night we are at Church for supper . Praise The Lord . I hope to start trying this tomorrow .NESafg.com ./

  • Sam W.
    December 5, 2017

    Another trick is DON’T wash them. You remove protective film the hen put there, and don’t refrigerate them. I don’t know which process unwashed or oiled works longest.

    • Richard
      December 6, 2017

      In the United States they have already been washed. That’s why we have to refrigerate them. The coating has already been removed. In some other countries, like Mexico, They don’t refrigerate eggs because they have never been washed.

  • Adrienne
    December 6, 2017

    I use fresh clean eggs. Rub them all over with olive , grape-seed, or coconut oil. Will keep for 6-8 months. If you want to hard boil them, you must first poke a small hole in the shell so the egg does not explode in the water. I save eggs from July- September to use until the hens lay well again. Been doing this for years.

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