In a long term emergency without electricity, many food items in your refrigerators and freezers will have to be eaten, processed, or otherwise re-stored. There are many ways to preserve eggs without refrigeration. Some work better than others. Here's the run down on what works and for how long:
It has only been for the past fifty years that refrigerators have been a staple in kitchens across America. Prior to that, fresh foods were stored without refrigeration in a variety of different ways.Households had to store seasonal produce, meats and other homestead products like milk and cheese to tide them over through the winter.
Storing fresh eggs without refrigeration was a very important task as hens lay more when days are long and begin to shut down production in the winter. Because eggs were a staple not only as a breakfast item but also as an ingredient in many homestead staples, spreading them out throughout the year was a critical skill.
While it may seem like being able to store fresh eggs without refrigeration has no application in the modern kitchen, it can make a huge difference in emergency situations such as hurricanes and ice storms when power is out for extended lengths of time.
Angie Mohr is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and financial consultant. She has worked with thousands of clients over the years from mom and pop startups to rock bands and celebrity chefs. She is the author of the best-selling Numbers 101 for Small Business series of books and writes for Forbes, MSNBC, the Globe & Mail, Yahoo! Finance, Investopedia, and Motley Fool, among other financial publications. Her new book, Piggy Banks to Paychecks, helps parents teach their children how to be money smart. She splits her time between Canada and the United States and currently lives by the ocean with her husband and two children, who have finally learned that money doesn’t grow on trees.