When the days get longer, hens will naturally lay more eggs. If you have 12 hens, you could find yourself with nearly 6 dozen eggs each week. Unless you eat eggs for every single meal, that can add up. Storing them in the fridge is a good option for longer term, but what happens when you run out of space?
Did you know you could dehydrate eggs to make your own easy to store powdered eggs?
Powdered eggs are great for long term storage. Dehydrating scrambled eggs for backpacking, camping and even bug out bags helps to make quick and easy on the go meals! Today, I am going to show you how.
First off, why would I dehydrate eggs even though I have backyard chickens? Well, there are times when the girls aren’t laying as well, such as going through a molt or during the extreme heat of summer, or the shorter days of winter. Having some long term storage of eggs to bake with is a comforting feeling to have. Trust me.
For those who do NOT have backyard chickens, you can easily stock up on eggs when they are on sale, dehydrate and be able to use them anytime, saving you money. (win-win)
- Start with your eggs. This was 3 1/2 dozen total.
- Crack them open into a bowl, about 18 at at time.
- More than that and they will take a loooooong time to do the next step.
- Whisk them like crazy, to get them all mixed together.
- Scramble them over medium to medium low heat. I used cast iron so I wouldn’t have to add any additional oil. This took about 25 minutes to cook on low heat.
- Lay them out on a dehydrator sheet. (get the sheets from my affiliate partner) 3 dozen eggs took up 7 sheets, spread out as thin as possible.
- Dehydrate at 145 degrees for 18 hours.
- Place dry eggs in a food processor (or blender) and whirrrr for a minute or two.
- Store in a cool, dry place in a tightly covered container.
Dehydrated eggs shelf life is about a year, stored in a tightly closed container. As for how to cook dehydrated eggs, add 1 Tablespoon eggs to the dry ingredients in a recipe, and 1/4 cup additional water to the wet.
Have you ever tried to dehydrate eggs? Would you ever try them? What would you use powdered eggs for first? Be sure to pin this for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.