Last year I followed instructions I found on another blog to preserve eggs without freezing or dehydrating. The eggs were coated in bees wax then stored in sea salt, with no egg touching another. I stored them down in my basement pantry – a nice cool, dark place.
Today, a couple weeks past the year mark, I got them out. The first thing I noticed was a reddish splotch through one side of the jar’s glass that had me concerned for an egg having gotten cracked in the packing process. Upon opening the jar, I didn’t notice any foul odors, so I removed the first egg.
The wax wasn’t going to come off easily under hot running water, though I didn’t really try rubbing it off much. I got a mug of cool water and placed the egg in to see if it was going to float. It turned up on its point but didn’t float. I figured this meant it might still be acceptable for baking, but probably wouldn’t taste very fresh.
I then cracked it open into a small dish that I used to scramble a single egg and microwave for one minute to make my egg sandwiches.
I thought the yolk sort of spread out more, but it didn’t completely break. Obviously, the proteins were degrading and the structures were not as strong as fresh eggs. I wasn’t sure but I thought it smelled “off”. I added a bit of milk and a pinch of salt then set it in the microwave to cook.
Throughout the minute of cook time, the egg sputtered and popped more than usual for this method of cooking. The egg came out looking rather flat and dry. Upon tasting, it was definitely a bad egg, one that I spat out immediately, and would certainly NOT try using for cooking.
Not knowing if this was because of the one cracked egg lower in the jar, I simply threw the rest of the eggs out. I don’t think I will try it again, as it took quite a bit of sea salt to cover the eggs, and I couldn’t fit that many (nine) into my largest (half gallon) mason jar. I will keep up with freezing some, and start to dehydrate more to turn into powdered eggs.
If you’ve tried this method with any success, I’d be interested to hear what you may have done differently than what I described above.