Jan 29, 2023

Water Glassing Farm Fresh Eggs or Not?


Fresh eggs from the nests I can't explain the taste difference between those and store-bought eggs.  You would have to taste them to know for yourself.  Once you do know and enjoy the freshly laid eggs you never want to go back to the store-bought eggs.  They spoil you and the baked goods made from them are out of this world!

Having fresh eggs locally or on your homestead can't be beaten.  I love my chickens and their eggs.  I've raised chickens for over twenty years!  I'm especially thankful to have them now that eggs are exorbitant in price. 

The topic of water-glassing eggs has been on my mind lately.  A way to preserve the surplus of eggs after you've shared them with others of course.

They are very plentiful in the warm long days of the Spring and Summer months.  When we have shorter days in the Fall and Winter months egg production slows down considerably. *if you don't provide extra lighting for your coop.*

In the past, actually, in the early 1900s, our ancestors preserved their foods in different ways of course. It has become popular to try some of the things they did to preserve food. 

Appalachia's Homestead with Patara

Waterglassing Eggs and Tips

Patara recommends using smaller containers and

storing for 8 - 12 months when using this process to store eggs

Appalachia's Homestead with Patara Update

Water Glass Eggs & the Truth About Them

8 months may be better???


RoseRed Homestead 

A trusted scientist, teacher, who presents proof and reasons behind all subjects.

What About Water Glassing Eggs?

A trusted site for canning, freeze drying, and many subjects for safety.  Pam of RoseRed Homestead is a scientist. How safe is this method for preserving farm fresh eggs? She explains everything about an egg. The USDA and Extension Services say No it is Not Safe to water glass eggs.  She can now imagine why it is not safe to water glass eggs. One thing about this it would not kill you because if an egg is bad you would smell it and toss it out. The thing that troubles her is if that egg has salmonella already in it will it sit and become worse for the storage time?  There is no information on that topic to be found. Dipping farm-fresh eggs in oil does make them last longer on the countertop and in the refrigerator last longer. Her personal choice is to freeze dry or scramble each egg a little and freeze it in the freezer.  Dehydrating providing your dehydrator has a temperature control keeping temp right at 140 degrees above 140 cooks them and you don't want that.


We've learned in later years that how Grandma canned her nonacidic foods in water baths now can be deadly.  We also may want to re-think doing other older ways to preserve food.  I sure don't know but we can each decide for ourselves just how much of a risk we are willing to take in doing so.

Whether you decide to do this or not NEVER Use Store-Bought Eggs which have been washed and the protective bloom has been removed. 

I do not recommend water glassing to preserve eggs. I can't I've yet to try it. I'll update you if I decide to water glass surplus eggs.  

I may look into freezing, and dehydrating eggs and I would love to own a freeze-dryer.

Please let me know how you preserve your extra egg goodies

Happy Sunday Chicken Day

Have a Great Week!


Backyard Poultry post

Freezing Eggs

Dehydrating Eggs

RoseRed Homestead  Dehydrating and Freeze Drying Eggs

Making Hardboiled Eggs From Egg Powder

Murray McMurray How to Preserve Eggs

There are many many more books, articles, and videos on the subject.  I'm trying to find ways to be more self-sufficient like my grandparents.  Well, never will I be that self-sufficient but trying in some ways.


  1. What a wonderful, careful, balanced article. I've been trying to research this and most articles on this either claim (without any evidence) that it is totally safe, or say it's unsafe and give reasons but don't give adequate citations. If you are not sure, then saying so is the best and most responsible action.

    1. Thank you.  What a wonderful compliment. I've yet to try any of these methods but hope to first try freezing when the abundance of eggs come in