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How to Dehydrate Eggs for Long Term Storage

Article By: Suraiya Fardous - January 8, 2024 , Last updated on : January 9, 2024
How to Dehydrate Eggs for Long Term Storage

Introduction

Bought a lot of eggs together, but they got bad after a few days. And you are looking for ways to preserve them? Well, then, you are in the right place. If you want to preserve eggs for a long period of time-dehydrate them. Dehydrating eggs might sound a bit weird, but it is possible and pretty easy!

Dehydrated (powdered) eggs can be found in any local store or online store, but the prices are really high. So, to save you time and money today, we are here with a comprehensive guideline on how to dehydrate eggs for long term storage at your home. In this blog, we will show you how to dehydrate both raw and cooked eggs, and you can master the process by following our simple instructions. Different kitchen appliances like food dehydrators and ovens can be used. Use the one that suits your preferences the best. Dehydrating eggs works not only while cooking but also while baking. It is pretty useful, so if you want to know how to dehydrate eggs for long term storage, read on!

How to dehydrate eggs for long term storage in a dehydrator

Food dehydrator not only helps you to easily dehydrate the eggs but also dehydrates a large batch of eggs at once. It also maintains the flavors and could be used for multiple purposes in the future. So, let’s get started on how to dehydrate eggs in a dehydrator.

Here’s how to dehydrate eggs in a dehydrator:

Method 1: Dehydrating raw eggs

Dehydrating raw eggs

  • First of all, grab a bowl and the number of raw eggs you want to dehydrate. Crack the eggs one by one, and after cracking, whisk the eggs properly until no lumps are left.
  • For each four eggs, add one teaspoon of salt to help protect the eggs during the dehydration process.
  • Then, evenly and thinly spread the egg mixture onto a dehydrator tray that has been prepared.
  • If you have fruit leather sheets, use those to spread the eggs. If you don’t have fruit leather, parchment paper works just as fine.
  • Turn the dehydrator down to about 135°F (57°C) and let it run for about 6 to 8 hours, or until the eggs are crumbly and fully dry.
  • After dehydrating, take the dried egg sheet off the tray and let it cool.
  • Lastly, use a food processor or blender to break the dry egg sheet into little pieces or to powder it.

In order to increase the shelf life of the dehydrated eggs, store them in an airtight container, glass jar, or vacuum-sealed bag. Store in a cool, dry place for a longer shelf life. This will also help your dehydrated (powdered) eggs to preserve their freshness.

Method 2: Dehydrating cooked eggs

If you want a bit safer option and want to have a long shelf life for your dehydrated eggs, then you should choose to dehydrate cooked eggs.

  • Break the eggs and begin by scrambling or hard-boiling them until they are cooked through.
  • Break the eggs and begin by scrambling or hard-boiling them until they are cooked through.
  • Allow the eggs to cool fully before beginning the dehydration process.
  • The eggs should next be very carefully peeled and sliced into thin, even pieces.
  • Place the egg slices on the dehydrator trays, making sure they don’t touch.
  • Once the eggs are dehydrated and brittle, set the dehydrator to a low temperature of about 135°F (57°C) and let it run for about 5 to 6 hours.
  • After taking the egg slices out of the dehydrator, let them cool.
  • Lastly, to ensure that the dehydrated eggs stay fresh for a long time, store them in a cold, dry place in an airtight container or vacuum-sealed bag.

These dehydrated cooked eggs could be used for various purposes, starting from using them as a breakfast item to as just an additional spice mixture for your day-to-day cooking or even baking.

How to dehydrate eggs for long term storage in the oven

Dehydrating your eggs in an oven is easy and efficient, and if you don’t have a food dehydrator, then the oven is your best friend.

Here’s how to dehydrate eggs in an oven:

Method 1: Dehydrating raw eggs

  • Once the eggs are cracked into a bowl, gently beat them until thoroughly mixed.
  • Transfer the beaten eggs onto a baking sheet or oven tray that has been prepared.
  • Preheat the oven to 135–145°F (57–63°C); before beginning to dehydrate, make sure your oven is set to that low; otherwise, you risk burning your food. And then, leave the eggs to dry for 4–10 hours or until they are totally dehydrated. To guarantee even drying, make sure to stir from time to time.
  • Once the eggs have been dried out, grind them in a food processor or blender until a fine powder is created.

Make sure to store in a cool and dry place and use airtight containers. If stored properly then, dehydrated eggs could last years.

Method 2: Dehydrating cooked eggs

  • First of all, prepare your eggs by adding salt, pepper, or any other desired herbs and spices to season them. Dairy items, such as milk and cheese, should not be added as they may interfere with the dehydration process.
  • Let the cooked eggs come to room temperature. Once the eggs have cooled, break them up into smaller pieces or chop them into tiny pieces. This will help with drying and rehydration later.
  • Set the temperature of your oven to a low setting, usually between 130°F (54°C) and 160°F (71°C). It is advised to prop open the oven door when operating an oven to let moisture out.
  • Transfer the cooked eggs, either chopped or crumbled, to parchment paper-lined baking sheets or dehydrator trays. Ensure the parts are sufficiently apart to allow for enough airflow and equal drying.
  • Put the baking sheets or trays with the eggs into the oven that has been preheated.
  • The eggs should be properly dried out after 4 to 10 hours of dehydration at a low temperature. The thickness and moisture level of the eggs can affect how long they take to dry.
  • Take a chunk of the egg and let it cool to see if it’s sufficiently dehydrated. When it feels brittle and dry, with no more wetness or moisture, then it indicates that it is ready.
  • After the eggs are totally dry, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool.
  • Store properly to not spoil the egg, and the storing process can help with a longer shelf life.

Make sure before using eggs in recipes, rehydrate them by soaking them in equal parts of hot water and powdered egg (1 tablespoon each is enough) for 10 to 15 minutes, or more.

 

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How long do dehydrated eggs last?

Unlike fresh eggs, dehydrated eggs are non-perishable commodities. Therefore, if stored properly, it can last for 5-10 years. Before storing or dehydrating eggs, you must ensure that you can store dehydrated eggs in a cool, dry place. If not stored in an airtight container (oxygen-free environment) and in a cool place, the shelf life would be around 6-12 months.

Are dehydrated eggs safe to eat?

Eggs can be easily preserved for future use by dehydrating them using food dehydrator techniques or other ways like oven-drying. However, there are safety concerns, as sometimes dehydrated raw eggs could be harmful to eat. And for cooking dehydrated eggs, maintain proper precautions.

If you are incorporating dried eggs in your cooking, make sure to check the date it was first dehydrated; otherwise, it could be dangerous to eat.

Due to factors like salmonella contamination, using dehydrated raw eggs could be dangerous. Therefore, you should use cooked eggs for dehydration and better safety.

How to store dehydrated eggs

How to store dehydrated eggs

So, if you want a longer shelf life for your eggs and want to use those eggs for years as a backup, make sure to store them properly. If your options for such locations are limited, you can still have a year-round constant temperature environment in an underground cache or dry root cellar. If you can, add oxygen or moisture absorbers to help with oxidation. This will also help with a longer shelf life.

You could also make use of mylar bags. Compared to normal plastic bags, mylar bags help to block any light and also resist humidity. But keep in mind that mylar bags have a tendency to puncture; this might ruin the eggs.

If stored properly, dehydrated eggs could save you a lot of coins, as you won’t have to spend on eggs every other week or day.

Conclusion

In conclusion, in this article, we discussed how to dehydrate eggs for long term storage using different kitchen appliances. And we also mentioned how to store those eggs properly, be it cooked or raw. If you are looking for an easy, efficient, and simple way to dehydrate eggs, just follow our guide, and you are good to go.

Dehydrating eggs on your own could be really useful as they will be natural and help to maintain flavors, but store-bought dehydrated eggs could contain chemicals. So, if you have access to these kitchen appliances and want to save some coins, dehydrate your eggs.

Make sure to properly store your eggs; otherwise, their shelf life might be really low. So, grab your eggs and try dehydrating them for longer storage.

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