Water glassing is a method of preserving eggs that has been used for centuries to keep eggs fresh for a longer period of time. To prepare water glassed eggs, you will need the following ingredients:
– 1 ounce pickling lime
– 1 quart filtered water
– Clean unwashed eggs (Eggs that have no poop or mud, and the “bloom” still fully intact) You cannot used store bought eggs.
1. Measure out 1 ounce of pickling lime on your kitchen scale.
2. Add the pickling lime to a clean half gallon jar and fill it up halfway (one quart) with filtered water.
3. Whisk the lime into the water until it is fully incorporated.
4. Carefully add the eggs pointy side down to the jar.
5. Add an airtight lid to the jar to prevent oxygen from getting in, and to prevent the water from evaporating.
6. Store the water glassed eggs in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cellar.
7. Wait at least two weeks before using the eggs to allow the lime solution to penetrate the pores of the eggshell and create an alkaline environment that will keep the eggs fresh for up to 6-8 months. Some homesteaders have preserved for longer.
8. When you are ready to use the eggs, remove them from the lime solution and rinse them thoroughly in water to remove any residue.
9. Use the water glassed eggs in your favorite recipes, such as omelets, quiches, or baked goods.
Water glassing is a great way to preserve farm-fresh eggs and ensure that you have a supply of eggs on hand even during the off-season. Enjoy your freshly preserved eggs!