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A Complete Guide On Buying, Storing & Making Powdered Eggs For An Emergency
Because eggs are an overlooked staple you should include in your emergency food supply.
Not the fresh kind…the powdered kind.
It’s a long-shelf life protein that will keep your family healthy in an emergency.
But not all brands are created equal.
So today, I’ll give you a run-down of our favorites, how to store them for a long shelf life, and how to make your own:
TOPICS IN THIS GUIDE… ↓(click to jump)
- Best Powdered Egg Brands
- What Are Powdered Eggs Anyway?
- Reasons Why YOU Should Stock Up
- How Long Do Powdered Eggs Last?
- How To Store Egg Powder
- Health Benefits Of Egg Powder
- How To Make Powdered Eggs
My Patriot Supply (MPS) is one of the original emergency preparedness outfitters.
Their Ready Hour brand features some of their best staples.
Among those is their Whole Egg Powder.
They sell the product in 2 lb #10 cans, with around 73 eggs in each can.
It boasts a respectable shelf life of 10 years sealed and 1 year after opening.
This generous timeline allows most families time to finish the eggs after unsealing them.
MPS also offers a significant discount for bulk quantities of at least 6 cans per order.
Well-known in the survivalist community, Augson Farms has a reputation for quality.
Their powdered eggs are a favorite among food connoisseurs for their authentic taste and realistic texture.
- Certified gluten-free
- Versatile uses, from breakfast to baking
- Perfect for long-term food storage, emergency preparedness, and survival food
- Refrigeration is necessary only when eggs have been prepared
- Large institutional can with lid
- Shelf life up to 10 years*
As reviewers often say, these are NOT the old USDA food surplus eggs from back in the day.
They offer in various sizes, from #10 cans to 4 gallons (11 lb) pails.
And even a special order where you can get even larger buckets.
↓ Dried EGG Review – Preppers Pantry Supplies
Here's a take on dehydrated eggs that's different than the standard spray-dried eggs.
They are freeze-dried instead.
Freeze drying has a few unique benefits.
It includes better preservation of the nutrients in the eggs.
It also drastically improves taste and texture.
Ready Wise's eggs also have an industry-best shelf life of 25 years.
In addition, they sell these eggs in 7lb buckets with 144 total servings.
They divide the eggs within the bucket into 24 serving pouches.
This size reduction helps retain freshness and extends the product's shelf life.
Another freeze-dried contender is Valley Food Storage's Whole Eggs.
They claim their powder still tastes farm-fresh after the process.
This freshness is due to how the company goes out of its way to source fresh ingredients.
They also avoid any artificial preservatives or additives.
They sell these in various sizes to fit different needs.
For example, you can buy them in single mylar bags, with 15 servings per bag.
You can also buy bulk buckets that contain 10 or 20 bags each.
Legacy's Whole Eggs are ideal for smaller amounts with the same shelf-life guarantee.
- Freeze Dried, High-Quality Ingredients
- Resealable Bag
- Food will last up to 1 month after breaking the seal
- The bag Stands Easily on a Shelf
- Up to 10-15 year shelf Life
- A great addition to your food storage or Perfect for Daily Use
- Simple to Prepare - Add Water to Rehydrate
They come in sealed 1.6 lb pouches with 48 servings each.
And they protect their 15-year shelf life with double-sealed mylar and oxygen absorbers.
You can store the pouches for emergencies or bring them along on hiking trips.
Here we have Ova Easy's freeze-dried eggs.
These are prevalent among long-term food storage chefs.
They're a different sort of freeze-dried egg.
It resembles crystalized sugar more than powder.
This ups the tastiness and helps them behave more like fresh eggs.
They have a comparable shelf life to other brands at 11-15 years.
The one major downside of Ova Easy is the cost.
They tend to be a good deal more expensive than others.
Though occasional sales frequently knock down the price.
Still, these are not budget options.
"This really does taste like fresh eggs. I do not use eggs very often. This is so much more economical for me as I am single, and I waste most of a dozen eggs before they go bad. The expiration date is about two years, and they need no refrigeration."
This egg powder is excellent for people who want humanely raised powdered eggs.
Their product is entirely sourced from UEP-certified farmers who have pledged to raise their chickens humanely.
They also offer bulk sizes that are perfect for building out long-term storage.
They range from 11 oz (around 24 eggs) to 45 lbs (about 1569 eggs).
If you have a severe nut or gluten allergy, Judee's is a great pick.
Their production facilities are all 100% nut and gluten-free.
One reviewer's comment:
"I’ve always hated eggs, but I actually like these. The fact that they can be made drier (read: less slimy) than fresh eggs is great. I use them to make scrambled eggs and omelets."
American Family Supply is another mainstay that produces products specifically for long-term storage.
They're a great deal at 94 servings per #10 can (at a reasonable price point).
Their product is also high-quality and long-lasting, with a shelf life of over 10 years.
They offer a sizable discount when you buy in bulk.
An honest reviewer's comment:
"Okay, so it doesn't taste amazing, but it doesn't taste bad. The consistency is kind of strange, but I've made french toast with it and an omelet, and it was edible. I think this is a good product for special emergencies or if you travel a lot."
They’re fully dehydrated eggs.
They are made with a production method called spray drying.
Spray drying is the same technique used to make powdered milk.
The eggs are preheated and then sprayed into a chamber with hot air.
This process separates the moisture and leaves a powder.
At this point, operators remove the eggs from the drying chamber.
Humans have been creating powdered eggs for over a century.
Campers consume them, and soldiers have eaten them via MREs since around 1910.
The spray drying method was adopted in the 1930s in London.
It made them easier to produce.
It also made a more durable, transportable, and affordable product.
They became popular in the UK during WWII rationing.
They were soon in use around the world.
And are now mainly produced for human consumption.
They are also used in animal feed, pet food, pharmaceutical, medical, makeup, and personal care products.
They come in three general varieties:
- whole eggs
- egg yolks
- egg whites
There are also dried scrambled eggs, which often have added ingredients.Click here to instantly download this Complete Checklist PDF. No purchase necessary.
It’s a great addition to your food stores for many reasons.
1. A Reliable Source of a Staple
Eggs are necessary for many different types of cooking.
However, circumstances can disrupt the supply chain that brings eggs to your table.
Even if you have backyard chickens, circumstances may prevent you from keeping them.
Or they may slow or stop regular production.
That’s why they’re always a wise protein alternative.
They ensure you can access egg protein if fresh eggs become hard to come by.
2. Durable and Easy to Store
They’re highly durable, so they travel well.
This makes them much better than regular (fragile) eggs for camping meals.
In addition, they require refrigeration and only need water to reconstitute.
They are also very space-efficient and easy to store.
One tablespoon approximates one fresh egg.
This means reduced weight per volume.
Or, said another way, you can fit far more egg protein into a much smaller storage space than fresh eggs.
One of the most incredible things about powdered eggs is their long shelf life.
If stored correctly, they can last for over a decade.
They are also easy to store and carry on the go.
Eggs are an excellent protein source, essential for a healthy diet.
They are also nutritionally rich and low in harmful fats and sugars.
We will expand on the nutritional merits later in this article.
They’re much cheaper than fresh eggs.
Buying a pound of powder is far less expensive than fresh eggs.
This fact makes egg protein powder an economical choice in ANY scenario.
6. Easy to Use
They’re versatile, and you can easily prepare them in many ways.
You can reconstitute then scramble or fry them, like fresh eggs.
You can also use them in baking recipes that call for eggs without adding liquid.
So you can use them in nearly any recipe instead of fresh eggs.
So casseroles, omelets, french toast, and meatloaf are back on the menu!
7. Reduction of Bacterial Risk
Fresh eggs nearly always come with some bacterial contamination risk.
Spray drying kills all bacteria eliminating the risk of contamination.
Egg powder can have a very long shelf life.
The length depends on the brand and how well you seal and store them.
It has an average shelf life of 5-10 years if properly stored.
Some processes allow them to last longer and be kept for up to 25 years.
However, once you open a container, it has a shorter life span.
Exactly how short depends on the brand.
Once open, some dried eggs last only a few weeks, while others last up to a year.Click here to instantly download this Complete Checklist PDF. No purchase necessary.
1. Store in a Cool, Dry Place
They’ll last the longest if stored somewhere cool.
The temperature of the ideal storage area is between 55-70 degrees F.
You should keep them dry and protected from exposure to humidity.
2. Don’t Expose to Oxygen
Avoid exposing them to oxygen whenever possible.
Oxidation can speed up the aging process and drastically reduce the shelf life of the eggs.
3. Use a Sifter When Packing
One common problem is that they tend to clump.
If packing in containers, quickly sift them with a strainer first.
This process will cut down on clumping.
4. Pick the Right Amount to Buy
They come in a variety of package sizes.
The range usually includes small pouches, #2.5 cans, #10 cans, and buckets.
The right amount for YOU depends on how many people you are feeding. AND their level of egg consumption.
A #2.5 can, for instance, is ideal for two people who don’t eat eggs daily.
A larger size, like #10, can hold around a gallon of egg powder.
This amount equates to roughly six dozen (70) fresh eggs.
Before purchasing, think about how long your family will go through THAT many eggs.
A lower consumption rate may leave you vulnerable to waste.
But many families can go through a gallon pretty fast.
Well before the egg’s oxidized expiration date (1 month – 1 year, depending on the brand).
Pack the powder in smaller, separate containers if you buy in large buckets.
This separation avoids wasting eggs because you can’t finish them quickly enough after you open them.
5. Choose Container Sizes Wisely (The Smaller, the Better)
The best food containers for you depend on your available space.
However, space permitting, it’s better to store in smaller containers than larger ones.
This container size reduction helps avoid unnecessary unsealing and oxidation.
6. Use Tightly Sealed Containers
In addition to erring on the side of smaller containers, you should ensure they are well-sealed.
Food-safe plastic (PETE) containers, FoodSaver containers, Mylar bags, and #10 cans work best.
You can also vacuum seal as an added measure.
7. Use Oxygen Absorbers
You can add oxygen absorbers to reduce oxygen exposure.
These absorbers will help keep the eggs fresh for longer.
This setup is a MUST if you open and reseal containers frequently.
Just like regular eggs, they’re nutritionally rich.
And relatively low in harmful fats and excess sugars.
Some of their nutritional highlights include:
Lots of Protein
Each tablespoon of powder contains 5.77 grams of protein.
The minimum daily protein requirement for adults is around 56 grams for men and 48 grams for women.
They’re an excellent way to meet your protein requirements.
And with relatively few calories and unhealthy fats.
Gluten can cause issues in people sensitive to it, such as:
- digestive problems
- and low energy
It’s horrible for people with Celiac Disease, which causes gluten intolerance.
Full Range of Amino Acids
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
They play many roles in the body and are a vital component of a healthy diet.
Eggs have nine of the essential amino acids the body needs.
They are especially rich in the following:
- Histidine – (essential for infants and people with kidney disease)
- Isoleucine – (helps wounds heal and supports the immune and endocrine systems)
- Leucine – (necessary for muscle health and repair)
- Lysine – (helps with growth and energy conversion)
- Methionine – (promotes liver health)
- Phenylalanine – (regulates brain chemistry)
- Threonine – (supports the nervous system, spine, and muscles)
- Tryptophan – (used for growth as well as production and maintenance of neurotransmitters, enzymes, muscles, and proteins)
- Valine – (increases energy levels and endurance and aids muscle recovery)
Rich in Calcium and Potassium
They’re a good source of calcium, which helps keep bones, teeth, and muscles strong.
They are also a good source of potassium.
We need potassium to maintain nerve, muscle, and heart health.
Other Vitamins and Minerals
In addition, eggs also contain several other essential vitamins and minerals, including:
- Folic Acid and Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – (needed for cell health)
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) – (keeps the nervous system, digestive system, and skin healthy)
- Vitamin B12 – (maintains nerves and blood cells)
- Iodine (essential for thyroid health)
- Selenium – (helps support a healthy immune system)
- Choline – (reduces inflammation and aids fetal development in pregnant women)
Now, you CAN make your own.
However, buying in bulk is usually more cost-effective.
That is unless you have backyard chickens and an abundance of eggs.
Never throw extra eggs away.
Instead, you should dry them (or freeze-dry them).
The two videos below show you step-by-step how to make some at home.
The first one uses a blender and a food dehydrator.
The second video uses an at-home freeze drier.
↓ How I Make Powdered Eggs
↓ Food Storage: Freeze Dried Raw Eggs
You should get powdered eggs if you want a well-rounded food stockpile.
They’re one of the best ways to keep a bulk amount of healthy protein during a real crisis.
You can save money by purchasing when you find the right deal.
By Lana Alder
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