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Adventures with my dehydrator!
Recently my husband’s job (military) moved us to a VERY coastal area. The house we are renting now is fully run by electricity, no gas lines! While that sounds awesome to some, I can see a major flaw in this design…if we lose our electricity we lose the ability to cook and store our foods properly. Worse yet, the east coast gets hit by major storms and hurricanes so we’ve gotten serious about putting together an emergency kit...
My latest project for said emergency kit was to make dehydrated eggs. I can almost hear the “ewwww” sounds emanating through cyberspace. Yes, I was skeptical at first too so I started researching it. Apparently this item isn’t as weird as I initially thought. Just browsing through Amazon’s website I could see dozens of companies offering their own brand of dehydrated eggs. *Cue the light bulb* I could make my own!
Just a couple days ago my dear friend Katie went to a local home farm and picked up some fresh eggs, she brought some over (it was our pasta making day) and she left some of the eggs for me. I already had a couple dozen eggs in my refrigerator so I decided to go ahead and use these eggs for my dehydrating project.
I then reconstituted two tablespoons of the dehydrated eggs. Each tablespoon of egg requires TWO tablespoons of water, I mixed thoroughly and set it aside for 5 minutes to allow the powdered eggs to fully absorb the water. After the 5 minutes were up I then seasoned and cooked the reconstituted eggs as I normally would. I only intended for my husband and I to test it out, my daughters both had friends over and none of the kids knew of this experiment. Once they saw my cooking the eggs they asked if they could try some. I had my husband take a spoonful; I took another spoonful and let the 4 kids try out the eggs. Hubby and I both agreed it tasted like eggs, smelled like eggs and looked like eggs (though not quite as fluffy as I normally cook my eggs). We both agreed that this should become a part of our emergency kit!
I vacuum sealed the rest of the powdered eggs, labeled it and set it in our kit.
Are you wondering what the kids thought? Well…let’s just say they gobbled it up without realizing there was a difference. Oh yeah, we scored!
As for how long these will last, my research tells me they can last sealed as such for as long as 5 years, once opened they need to be consumed within a year. Please remember that these are still considered RAW eggs and need to be cooked prior to eating. Once you open your vacuum sealed package remember that proper food storage rules still apply.
My “eww” factor is gone, how about yours? J
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