Friday, May 13, 2011

Dehydrated Eggs

This is to document my experimenting with dehydrating eggs. In making sure we have enough food on hand to get us through an emergency - say a tornado not killing us but wiping out a lot, or flood, or whatever - I've been working on getting some food stored up.  This post is about working on having eggs on hand.

The conclusion of the experiment is that:
1. It's not complete - I still have to try these in a something like a cake recipe.
2. If I didn't have food, these would be better than going without.

I tried rescrambling the dehydrated eggs.  The taste was A-okay; nothing at all wrong with the taste. Texture was a big fail. Talk about grainy. I have not yet tried these in a recipe such as a cake calling for eggs. I will try to remember to post back about this after I have done it.

Shelf-life of commercial powdered eggs is supposed to be 15 years. So good for long-term storage, good for nutrition, and good for long-term survival if TSHTF. I used this method to try to circumvent the cost of buying commercial powdered eggs.

The process is that you mix eggs in a bowl, then you scramble them. You take the cooked, scrambled eggs and dry them in your dehydrator until they're nice and crispy. Then you powder them and store the resulting powder.  When you want to use them, you rehydrate at a ratio of 1 tblsp dried egg to 2 tblsp of water, or 1:2.

Egg powder in blender after removing
from dehydrator
8 scrambled eggs dehydrated

1 tablespoon egg powder to 2 tablespoons water.
This is immediately after  mixing.

This is after letting it sit for 2 hours to see if it mixed
any better. It didn't.

These are the scrambled eggs made from the dehydrated
scrambled eggs. This shows what was left in the bowl and
gives an indication of the graininess to which I referred.


Anonymous said...

I need to try this too. Never heard of such a thing, but you're right; if there was a disaster you'd have trouble finding anything better to have stocked than eggs, to eat and to cook with.

Thanks for the recipe!

Jola Gayle said...

You're welcome!