A lot of the Egg Substitutes out there are good for baking, but what about when you have the urge to stick them between your toes, or feel the need to egg someone’s house? The egg substitutes just aren’t the same. So if you want to make sure you are never without eggs, don’t worry, you can preserve eggs with mineral oil!
Preserve Eggs with Mineral Oil:
- You will need:
- Eggs – You want clean eggs, and the fresher the better!
- Mineral Oil – Usually found in the drugstore next to Pepto Bismal.
- Gloves – You want to be careful not to get this stuff on you! (mineral oil can cause Estrogen issues in women so be extra cautious).
- Oil Eggs
- Warm 1/8 cup oil in the microwave for about 10 seconds. (this much will be able to do about 2 dozen eggs)
- Dry eggs and carton.
- Put your gloves on!
- Rub a little oil in your hands and then grab an egg.
- Coat entire egg with oil doesn’t matter how thick or thin.
- Make sure not to leave any exposed areas, cover completely with the oil!
- Place Egg in Dry Carton
- Once the egg is all lathered in oil, make sure to place it in the egg carton small end down! Not sure why just do it!
- Short-Term Storage (up to 3 months): Store at regular temperature.
- Long-Term Storage (about 6-9 months): Store them in a cool, dark area – Ideally between 65-68 degrees & 75% humidity
- Extra-Long Storage (9-12 months): Store in Fridge
- Flip Weekly or Monthly!
- Once a Week, Month, or whenever you remember, make sure to flip the entire egg carton gently upside down to help maintain the egg yolk.
How do I know if the eggs go BAD?
- Use your nose! You will pass out!
- Play the Sink or Float game!
- Sink = GOOD
- Float = BAD
Besides the benefits I mentioned earlier, here are some other great reasons you should know how to preserve your own eggs:
- Emergencies – If you’re power goes out, you don’t have to worry about turning Vegan!
- Sales – When eggs go on sale you can score big!
- Space – Sometimes you just need some extra fridge space, and by kicking the eggs to the counter it will free some up!
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I live in the Bering Strait region of NW Alaska. Before refrigeration, the Inupiaq people of Little Diomede Island, whose steep-sided island is home to a massive seabird colony, would store the murre eggs, which they still collect, in barrels of seal oil. This technique of storing eggs in oil, as well as greens, birds, walrus, whale, and seal parts is just one of their tremendous cultural adaptations and innovations.
Wow! Thank you for sharing!
That is absolutely amazing, my thanks as well for sharing! There is so much we don’t know.
Fascinating. Thank you sincerely for sharing that.
The reason why you want to store the egg with the small end pointing down is because of the air sac in the round end of the egg! See, over time the air pocket will attempt to rise, and as the membranes on the interior of the egg slowly weaken over time, the air sac can move closer to the yolk. If bacteria is going to get into the egg anywhere, the most likely place is actually at the air sac, and then if the air sac gets too close to the yolk, it makes life just a little bit easier for the bacteria. So storing the egg pointy-side down means the air sac will naturally try to rise, but if it’s already at the top end of the egg, it can’t go anywhere! 😀
Very interesting! Thank you!
What is the reason for flipping the eggs regularly?
Thank you…that makes perfect sense.
wondering if other types of oil would work for this such as vegetable oil, olive oil, etc. Thanks for the help.
Vegetable/olive oils can go rancid and will get sticky after prolonged exposure. That’s why they are stored in airtight containers.
I use raw organic coconut oil … don’t have to worry about your hands ie don’t need gloves but even more important coconut oil is antiviral, antibacterial anti microbial ie it kills germs!
I have read pioneer stories where they store their eggs in a barrel of lard. It might be something to look into.
If you are using farm fresh eggs that have not been washed yet, then the Bloom is still intact. It’s the invisible membrane that covers the egg in case it should be fertilized to protect the chick. The bloom keeps air from entering the egg. If you store the egg unwashed, it can last up to 6 months. Mother earth news did a whole article on it with some comparison techniques and leaving the eggs unwashed lasted longer and retained the fresh taste. If you are trying to store eggs bought that have been washed, I wouldn’t use mineral oil. The washed shell is now porous (Bloom keeps it nonporous) and the mineral oil can leak into the egg and mineral oil can interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body.
use coconut oil it is antibacterial and antiviral etc ….
I would also suggest spraying them first with 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide or bathing them in a colloidal silver bath, and then allowing them to dry before putting them in oil. The reason is that eggs are a food that viruses love to replicate it. You have to stem any potential viral load first. The oil helps in this too by forming a barrier. If you think about it, what do they culture vaccine viruses in? Eggs! That’s why you want to reduce any viral load first before storing in oil to preserve. This is why mayonnaise goes bad so fast too – because the viral and bacterial load get too high, especially when the mayo (made with eggs) in sandwiches are left out of a cooler.
use coconut oil … it is antibacterial and antiviral
?? If the oil affects women , does it not eventually penetrate through the shell , and also at some point while using the eggs the oil will be on ur skin or you’ll digest it correct ? I’m a little confused with that part of the process . Ty
can you use any oil other than mineral oil?
A product called ‘Rutland Products Water Glass sealant and Adhesive’, acts the same way as mineral oil.
If you dont wash fresh eggs from your own chickens wont they last as long as the oiled eggs? After all chickens seal their eggs with a ‘bloom’ that protects the eggs from bacteria. Somehow farmers got the dumb idea to wash them before putting in grocery stores .