How to Preserve Eggs for Future Use

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For centuries people have struggled to find ways to preserve foods for long journey and to make them last longer. Refrigeration has been a major leap forward in this area, but foodstuffs will still go rotten, just over a longer period of time. Some foods, like eggs, can be preserved for longer although the cooking uses are limited.

Things You'll Need

  • Free range eggs
  • Pickling jar
  • Pickling vinegar
  • Stove
  • Pan
  • Sterilize the jar by putting it in a pan of boiling water for five minutes. You will need a large jar as the eggs take up a lot of space.

  • Put the eggs in a pan of boiling water and leave for seven minutes, turning half way through to ensure even cooking. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water so the egg whites do not seep through cracks in the shell.

  • Remove the pan form the heat, drain the hot water and run the pan under the cold tap to stop the eggs cooking.

  • Crack the egg shells using the back of a spoon and leave them to cool. Peel the entire egg shell off once they are cold.

  • Boil some vinegar in a pan. The amount of vinegar you need depends on the size of the jar, but it will be a lot less than thought as the eggs take up most of the space.

  • Add any flavorings you want to the boiling vinegar such as salt, pepper, chillies or herbs.

  • Leave the vinegar to cool. If you add hot liquid over the eggs they will start to cook again.

  • Carefully place the eggs in the jar, pour over the vinegar and seal the jar.

  • Store the jar in a cool, dark place for at least six weeks before consuming. The eggs will last in this state for a very long time.

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