Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Back to Basics - Egg Preservation

Safe handling of eggs and egg products includes refrigeration, as we are all familiar with. When I collect eggs each day, they are washed and stored in the refrigerator right away. But, did you know there are other ways to preserve eggs? Read on!
The pictures here were obtained from Wilkepedia. I have not tried to preserve eggs in any other fashion except my fridge, so...this was of interest to me! The photo above is a Pickled egg! They are made by first boiling, then putting the eggs in vinegar, salt, beet juice, and spices. It would look pretty for the holidays! Pickled eggs made in this fashion, following a specific recipe will last up to a year without refrigeration!...I don't know if I would be that brave to try it, however!
A "Century Egg" can be seen above. After looking it over, I bet you would BELIEVE it, wouldn't you?! These eggs must be coated in clay, wood ash, salt, lime, and rice straw for several weeks or months, depending on which method is used. The egg yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulfur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with a comparatively mild, distinct flavor. Yummmmmm! - - NOT!

If anyone tries this, send your recipe and pictures, and include the address of the hospital you are staying in - I'll send you a 'get well soon' Corgi Greeting Card!!

Bone-Appetite!

6 comments:

BlueRidge Boomer said...

My hubby makes pickled eggs all the time....then cans them in jars!!
People ask for them all the time....go figure!!

Enjoy...LindaMay

^..^Corgidogmama said...

My sis in law totally loves pickled eggs. Not me~

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Well, they say you learn something new everyday. And you just taught it to me!
Brenda

Angela said...

There is no way that I would try to eat either of those eggs! Yuck!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I know that the Chinese folks used to preserve duck eggs, especially, with the mud-brick method...

I have seen pickled eggs floating around in giant pickle jars for months on end, at gas stations...no one has been reported to have expired from eating them...yet...my mother made pickled eggs but they were in the fridge. We are pretty picky about our foods now, but people used to be more knowledgable about just how long you could keep something...

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