How to preserve chicken eggs for up to 9 months

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Did you know that chicken eggs do not have to be refrigerated? It’s true. You can store chicken eggs on your counter or in egg cartons in your shelf or root cellar for about a month or longer depending on the room’s temperature without fear of them rotting. Refrigeration just preserves them longer. But another trick to combat a warmer area where eggs can be stored is to float the fresh eggs in water without allowing the water to get to room temperature.

Every winter the chickens slow down their egg laying for the winter months. For those of us that live off-grid and have chickens as one of our greatest source of healthy food (eggs), we would like to have fresh eggs to eat all year round. So here is a sure fire way to preserve fresh chicken eggs from about 9 months and possibly up to 2 years without them going bad. What you will need is some sort of container large enough to store the number of eggs you wish to keep.

For those of us that enjoy eggs a lot, it may be a good idea to get something like a 30-gallon barrel to be used as egg storage. You will also need some sort of natural preservative, something such as salt or finely chopped oats or even finely chopped charcoal mixed with finely chopped bran. Fill the container with the preservative and pack the eggs in there. You can store the eggs layer upon layer as long as you do not allow the eggs to touch each other or to touch the sides of the container, especially if it is wooden or metal.

When you are storing them it is a good idea to store them in a cool dry place such as a nice root cellar. And make sure to store the eggs small side down. You want to protect them from heat and from freezing as well. There are other forms of preserving that you can read about but some of them talk about using oils and plasters. I’ve read that the oils can go rancid on the eggs well after the egg is still fresh and plasters are something that is not normally on hand.

But living on a homestead, products such as bran, salt or oats should be readily available either in your emergency pantry (shelter) or grown with your own two hands. Thank you to Ourhalfacrehomestead for their insight into this other way it can be done.

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