DIY Dehydrated Eggs

Why DIY Dehydrated Eggs Is A Good Option

When looking for egg storage solutions, dehydrating eggs at home flies right past many people.  Eggs are one of the most nutritional and versatile foods around. From a remote homestead, to a backyard with a coop, they are easily accessible. Even without refrigeration they can last for weeks and still be edible. By refrigerating eggs that shelf life can be extended by several more weeks, maybe even a couple of months. For longer term storage some people freeze their eggs. By separating the whites and yolks, freezing them separately, eggs can last for up to 6 months. Still, for the long term Prepper that still isn’t an ideal situation. First off, freezing eggs is dependent on the electrical grid. If it goes down you loose refrigeration and the eggs that are dependent upon it. Secondly, 6 months just isn’t long enough. They are looking for solutions that will last for years and should try DIY Dehydrated Eggs.

Dehydrating eggs at home is an easy and viable solution for the Prepper looking for a that length of storage. Most people simply turn to a commercially available product such as those provided by Mountain House and Saratoga Farms. These freeze dried eggs have a shelf life of 30 years. They can be expensive though. For others, this is not an option because they do have their own flock which provide eggs for most of the year. Still, they are looking for a longer term solution as security against the loss of their flock and their egg laying capabilities. For people who can not afford freeze dried eggs or do have their own flocks and are looking to store their extra eggs, dehydrating eggs at home is a good solution.

There are two methods for dehydrating eggs at home.  One method calls for pan scrambling the eggs before dehydrating them.  The other calls for dehydrating beaten uncooked eggs.  After consideration, I rejected the first method.  The reason being that the only thing the first method yields when reconstituted is scrambled eggs.  They can not be used for baking which makes them much less versatile.  Read on to learn how to go about dehydrating eggs at home:

Dehydrating Eggs At Home – Step by Step

Dehydrating Eggs At Home You’ll  need the following:

  • Eggs
  • A Bowl
  • A Whisk
  • A Spatula
  • Dehydrator, with fruit leather trays (not shown)
  • Food Processor, blender or spice grinder (not shown)
  • Storage Container (not shown)
Step 1:  Break the eggs into the bowl.  Use the whisk to thoroughly beat the eggs.  The better you beat the eggs, the better the consistency of the final product.Step 2:  Pour the beaten eggs onto the dehydrator’s fruit leather trays.  In my NESCO Dehydrator, each tray will hold about 4 eggs.  You may have to experiment to see how much yours will hold.  Be sure to place the dehydrator where you are going to use it before filling the tray.  You do not want to move it with full trays or you’ll make a mess.  Additionally, make sure the dehydrator is level to keep your eggs from spilling.  Use the spatula to even out the eggs on the tray. Dehydrating Eggs At Home
 Dehydrating Eggs At Home Step 3:  Set the temperature to 135 degrees Fahrenheit, and dehydrate for 16 to 18 hours.  Once they are done they will form a thin crackled film on the trays.  The surface will also look oily but don’t let that alarm you as it is normal.Step 4:  Take the dehydrated eggs and place them in your food processor, blender, or spice grinder.  Use the pulse function to grind the eggs up into a fine power.  I used a food processor (shown left) to process mine and it did a good enough job but it seems like a spice grinder would be the ideal device for this process.  The color of the egg powder will be a deep yellow (seen below).
 Step 5:  Place the egg powder in an airtight container.  If you have any desiccant packages, you can drop them into the container as well to absorb the moisture.  These eggs should last for up to 5 years without refrigeration and even longer when if kept in the fridge or freezer. Dehydrating Eggs At Home
Dehydrating Eggs At Home

Using the dehydrated eggs

1 Tbsp of Dehydrated Eggs = 1 Egg
To reconstitute the eggs take 1 Tbsp of eggs and place it in a bowl.  Add 2 Tbsp of water to the bowl, and mix well.  Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes then whisk the eggs.  If you do not ensure the egg is thoroughly whisked, you will end up with a grainy texture in your cooked egg.  If done properly, there will be no difference in the cooked egg.  Seen left is a comparison of a dehydrated egg (on right) and a regular pan scrambled egg (on left).  Note: the color difference is just because I browned the dehydrated egg more than the regular egg.  On my first trial the DIY dehydrated eggs looked exactly like the regular egg. You can use the reconstituted egg for anything you would use a regularly whisked egg for, even baking.

DIY Dehydrated Eggs – A Word Of Caution

Remember when handling the reconstituted eggs that they are still raw eggs.  Salmonella is a real threat if they are not handled properly and food prep items are not thoroughly cleaned.  All safe food handling precautions should be followed both before and after DIY Dehydrated Eggs are reconstituted.

Survival Summit Limited Time Special

Survival SummitI just bought my Survival Summit download and if you want to get yours before the pricing goes up to $97 buy it before 6PM Central Time 1/30/2014.  I’ve only listened to 5 hours of the seminars so far but have already more than received my money’s worth.


Survival Summit Rocks!

Been checking out the online Survival Summit the past two days (missed Monday due to a family event) and it’s worth checking out.  Watched about 5 hours of the presentations so far and they were good enough that I took copious notes.  Presenters are well versed in their topics and I’ve had a chance to hear from a few writers I’ve followed for a number of years.  Best of all the price is right!  

That first day I missed the permiculture guy I’ve started following lately and a few others I wanted to see so I’ll probably end up buying the DVD but you can watch each day’s presentations free just by registering.  Check it out!

Survival Summit

60 Bandana Uses Infographic

Sixty Bandana Uses Infographic

Andrew’s Note:  When I was a kid I always carried a bandana…maybe it’s time to start again.  Looks like these guys who built the 60 Bandana Uses Infographic aren’t around on the internet anymore so there’s no link back to the source website.  

How To Build A Campfire Infographic

How To Build a CampfireAndrew’s Note:  A few years ago I took a group of kids out to the woods, broke them down into several groups and challenged them to build a campfire.  I had a prize waiting for the first group to successfully start their campfire…it was a very long wait.  Knowing how to build a campfire was skill nearly every child learned when I was a kid…not so anymore.  This is a critically important skill that’s key to protecting yourself from the elements in cold weather…pass it on. 


Mayfield on Preparedness – Today’s Quote

Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.

Max Mayfield, Director National Hurricane Center

Risk Management for Preparedness

This article will provide a brief introduction to Risk Management for Preparedness, but it’s techniques can be applied to every aspect of your life.

We each do Risk Management every day of our lives, often without even being consciously aware of the process.  Some examples of day-to-day Risk Management are:

  • Deciding if it’s safe to pull out into traffic
  • Deciding if your child can go over to a new friend’s house
  • Deciding if it’s safe to walk through an empty parking lot
  • Deciding if you need to get help before you lift that piece of equipment
  • Even deciding if it’s safe to tell your spouse about the bet you lost in the office football pool

The above are some examples of informal Risk Management.  Risk Management can also be performed as a deliberate process.  The deliberate process is better suited to riskier, more complex activities and operations and is a relatively easy process to learn if you take the time to practice it.  In this article I’m going to  discuss the U.S. Army’s way of doing Risk Management but simplify it a little and show you how this process can aid you in your preparedness planning and execution.

Note:  For those of you familiar with  the Army’s Composite Risk Management Process (CRM) I’ve modified the model to better support preparedness planning and survival situations.  Also, I’m going to stop short of discussing the CRM Matrix.  If there’s enough interest in this topic I’ll do a more advanced article explaining the use of that tool and perhaps tailoring a Risk Matrix specifically to help Prepography readers focus their preparedness efforts and keep safe in disasters, post collapse or survival situations.

As mentioned above the U.S. Army calls their program Composite Risk Management and applies the process to every operation and activity.  The Army describes Composite Risk Management as “a decision-making process used to mitigate risks associated with all hazards that have the potential to injure or kill personnel, damage or destroy equipment, or otherwise impact mission effectiveness.”

As a prepper you can use this same tool, apply this same process to your preparedness efforts.  This process can help the prepper with decisions as simple as deciding what type of backup heating to install in your home or to a decision as big and complex as deciding how long of a time period you need to prepare your family for. (more…)

Dakota Fire Pit Infographic

Here’s something that doesn’t weigh a thing to add to your Get Home Bag or Bug Out Bag… a little knowledge about how to build a Dakota Fire Pit.  While a fireless camp is the least likely to be observed there may be times when a fire is absolutely necessary…water purification by boiling (when you have no other methods available)  or to avoid hypothermia are two possibilities that come to mind.  Such situations call for a Dakota Fire Pit also known as the Dakota Fire Hole… the next most clandestine camp to a fireless camp.

Dakota Fire Hole Infographic

Dakota fire hole (Figure VI-15). Use the Dakota fire hole for high winds or evasion situations

Essentially the Dakota Fire Pit is a fire pit with a separate tunnel built to supply airflow directly to the fuel.  By keeping the fire below ground you reduce the light signature of the fire significantly and are able to get by with a much smaller fire than you would need above ground to accomplish the same cooking tasks.

Here are some additional hints to make your Dakota Fire Hole easier to build and less likely to be seen: (more…)

Shadow Globalization – Bazaars of Violence

Andrew’s Note: Today we return to our crystal ball…or at least the closest thing that the Department of Defense (DOD) has to it…namely the Joint Operating Environment (JOE) 2010. The JOE is the DOD’s keystone document used to project the world in which it will operate up to 25 years into the future.  As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s a sobering read for the prepper and likely to turn the non-prepper into one.  The following is excerpted from PART IV: THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE JOINT FORCE, War in the 21st Century.  Links have been inserted by me to provide additional reading for context.  Read on to learn what the Department of Defense thinks about Shadow Globalization: “Bazaars of Violence”:

Shadow Globalization: “Bazaars of Violence”

The globalization of trade, finance, and human travel across international boundaries in the commercial world has an analogous dark side as well.  Criminal and terrorist networks are intermingling to construct their own “shadow globalization,” building micro markets, and trade and financial networks that will enable them to coordinate nefarious activities on a global scale. The ubiquity and ease of access to these markets outside of legal structures attract shadow financing from a much larger pool, irrespective of geography.  In these markets, rates of innovation in tactics, capabilities, and information sharing will accelerate and will enable virtual organizational structures that quickly coalesce, plan, attack, and dissolve.  As they grow, these markets will allow adversaries to generate attacks at a higher level of rapidity and sophistication beyond law enforcement’s capability to interdict. For example, we have seen Somali pirates hiring indigenous spotters to identify ships leaving foreign harbors as prime targets for hijackings. We should expect shadow globalization to encourage this outsourcing of criminality to interface increasingly with insurgencies, such that actors in local conflicts will impact on a global scale, with perhaps hundreds of groups and thousands of participants.

The line between insurgency and organized crime will likely continue to blur. This convergence can already be seen in the connections between the FARC and cocaine trafficking, MEND and stolen oil, and the Taliban and opium production. This convergence means that funding for violent conflicts will interplay and abet the growth of global gray and black markets. The current size of these markets is already $2-3 trillion and is growing faster than legal commercial trade; it has the potential to equal a third of global GDP by 2020.    (more…)

A Brief Introduction to EMP

Prepography reader BlueShark recently wrote me to ask what an EMP is.  What follows is a very brief introduction to EMP and here’s a hint…it’s not the name of the latest rap star to make it big.

Simply put an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is an immense charge of electricity created by a nuclear detonation exploding just above the earth’s atmosphere.  This electrical pulse will have an effect similar to a lightning strike on all electronics within a line of sight (LOS) that are not specifically shielded from EMP.  A single weapon high detonated high enough above the Earth would have LOS to most of the continental U.S. and two weapons launchable from container ships off our shores  (Atlantic & Pacific) could easily create an EMP big enough to cover the continental U.S. as well as sizable portions of Canada and Mexico.  Think of an EMP as a single event that could send the entire U.S. over a hundred years into our past…no electricity (except batteries), no electronics, no modern communications, possibly (almost) no motorized transportation.

Things to know about an EMP: (more…)

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