Friday, July 17, 2009

Are Your Hens "Layin' Like a House Afire"?

Or do you just dread going on vacation and having to leave a refrigerator full of $3 or $4/dozen organic eggs? Here's a handy tip for preserving them from Reader's Digest:

Medium eggs are just the right size to freeze in plastic ice cube trays with one egg in each cell, with no spillover. After they freeze, pop them out into a self-sealing plastic bag. Defrost as many as you need when the time comes.

Though the tip doesn't mention it, I would definitely use a freezer bag

A variation of this method is to whisk the eggs first, like you are going to scramble them, and then freeze as directed above. I'm going to try both ways and see if I can tell any difference. The variation seems like it would be the way to go if you have eggs that are larger than medium. It would also be a good option for taking eggs along in the RV.

"Layin' Like a House Afire" is a phrase I remember from an essay by E. B. White.


Emily G. said...

Wow, you get that much money for eggs down there? My mom's neighbours sell free-range eggs for 60 cents a dozen and my mom sells hers to city dwellers for a dollar. You only get a dollar if they are brown. Some loonies at our church tried to get a dollar seventy-five for theirs because they said they 'hand mixed their own organic feed' but no one would buy them!

Wendy Haught said...

Wow! It doesn't seem worth the trouble to sell them for that price. The price I gave is the grocery store price for USDA certified organic eggs in the Houston area. We were getting $1 a dozen for our yard eggs 8 years ago in Louisiana. Our customers came to the house and brought their own cartons. Emma recently started selling again and she is getting $3.

"At the farm" prices for raw milk are $10 for goat and $7 for cow, per gallon. I paid $5 for a small bottle of goat yogurt at the Urban Harvest farmer's market last week.

Interesting comparison between regions. Thanks.