In the early days of our homesteading, off-grid, survivalist journey, we found Carla Emery's "Encyclopedia of Country Living". It was folksy, intriguing and immanently practical. It was from her book that we learned to butcher our first cow and properly cut up a chicken. We read of her ups and downs with rapt attention and took great joy in driving through the country she roamed in and wrote of.
When we moved to "Little Shouse on the Prairie" her book became our favored reading material, second only to the Bible. As we embraced our new off-grid life, we looked to Carla for advice and wisdom.
One of the most pressing challenges of life with no electricity was the lack of refrigeration. Having no root cellar, basement or otherwise cool place to store perishables, we resorted to a cooler and copious amounts of ice. A cooler is remarkably limited in capacity when using for day to day refrigeration and ice can become expensive when used as the only source of cooling. In an effort to preserve perishable food without the aid of refrigeration, I turned to my trusty companion, "The Encyclopedia of Country Living".
Eggs, being bulky and easily broken, became the subject of my research. Our hens were laying nicely and we had eggs in excess. My concern was that we were not eating them fast enough and they were requiring refrigeration. And to compound my concerns, I knew that the hens would stop laying with the darker days and then I would be without fresh eggs all winter and would have to resort to powdered eggs (which didn't make very nice omelets).
|I wrote directions on the top of my jar|
|Pouring the Water Glass over the eggs|
(you can mix the water and Water Glass before
adding it to the eggs)
|A lovely jar of preserved eggs|
Over the winter, the egg shells do become somewhat soft. In reality, I think that Water Glass is a great method of storing eggs "for fresh use" during the winter, out of your excess summer eggs. Much longer than eight months and I think all of the eggs would have "turned".
The FDA warns strongly against using Water Glass as an egg storage method. In fact, the later versions of Carla Emery's book don't mention Water Glass at all. You will have to decide for your family if it will work for you, but we found it a quite acceptable egg storage technique.