eggsinbasket.jpg Here’s about a week’s worth of eggs collected from the urban homestead’s resident chickens and ducks.   We have two of these nifty wire egg baskets (now offered on the Peddler’s Wagon) to collect the eggs in – one is hanging up in the chicken coop and the other in the kitchen.    Leaving the “natural coating” on the eggs helps preserve the eggs; we only wash the eggs when ready to use them (or give a dozen or so to friends).

Egg shells are porous and the hen makes up for this by adding a natural coating; but the government has mandated that eggs be washed and sanitized before being sold, which washes away the natural, protective coating.  Unless really, really soiled by manure, it’s best not to wash the eggs until you are ready to use them.

Excerpts from the expert:  Carla Emery writes about preserving and washing eggs.

Order the amazing homesteading bible now available on the Peddler’s Wagon.  This is our ultimate favorite book here on the urban homestead.  If there’s one book that you need the Encyclopedia of Country Living is jammed packed full of practical wisdom and information to assist you in living a more self sufficient life.

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  1. Amy says:

    This is so funny! I was reading my copy of Carla Emery’s book again and wondered if you had ever read it 🙂

  2. Anais says:

    Hello Amy

    Yes, Carla’s book is a must have for all urban homesteaders.

    I got my first copy oh, over 8 years ago and everytime you open the book there’s always something new that you learn.

    It’s a shame she passed away, but her memory and lifetime work lives on in the pages of her book.

    Thanks for the comment.

    See you along the path,
    Urban Homesteaders

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