Did you know that dehydrated food could have a shelf life of over 30 years?
While it may seem unconventional, dehydrating your food is a great method to preserve its quality.
Since eggs need to be kept constantly refrigerated so they don’t spoil, they’re one of the best foods to remove all the moisture from. Thus, you’ll be able to have a filling, protein-packed meal while camping, hiking, or living off the grid.
Not sure how to go about accomplishing this? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know when figuring out how to dehydrate eggs.
What Type of Eggs Are You Using?
It’s possible to dehydrate either raw eggs or cooked eggs, so we’ll go over how to prepare for both.
If you’d like to dehydrate the yolk and whites apart from each other, now is the time to separate them.
Pour the raw eggs into a bowl or similar container and use a whisk or fork to beat the eggs until they reach a milky consistency. Alternatively, you can use a blender to liquefy them.
You have two options here to prepare for dehydration: scrambling and hard boiling.
If you’re hard-boiling, you’ll need to chop the eggs into small pieces after you’ve removed the shells.
If you’re scrambling the eggs, don’t add any other ingredients while cooking them. Products like cheese, milk, and fats will drastically reduce the amount of time it takes for them to spoil.
Afterward, chop them into small pieces as you would with hardboiled eggs.
Now, it’s time to dehydrate the eggs. Like with the cooking methods above, you have two choices here.
As the name suggests, a food dehydrator is the most practical option.
When using raw eggs, pour the liquid into the plastic dehydrator trays.
If you’ve decided to go the cooked-egg route, spread out the pieces evenly across the tray. Make sure the pieces don’t pile up on top of each other, as this will cause them to dehydrate slower.
This option only applies to people with ovens that can go as low as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Since many ovens have a minimum temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit, you may not get the results you want.
Assuming you do have the appropriate oven, however, place the eggs onto a nonstick baking sheet. If you’re using raw eggs, pour them so that it creates a thin, widespread layer.
Then, you’ll need to bake the eggs until they begin to brown and crisp. Since the temperature is so low, this can take up to 12 hours.
Thus, this method should only be used as a last result.
After your eggs have been properly dehydrated, it’s time to convert them into powder with a blender or food processor.
Afterward, you need to store them in an airtight container. Glass or plastic jars with tight lids are ideal options. Make sure the area where you keep the storage containers is dark and has a cool temperature.
But, What About The Taste?
Some people dislike the bland taste of dehydrated eggs after they cook them. But, you can use the same basic options you would with normal eggs to enhance the taste.
If you’re out on the road or up on the trails, salt, pepper, and hot sauce are ideal options for giving dehydrated eggs an extra kick.
Learning How to Dehydrate Eggs Can Seem Difficult
But it doesn’t have to be.
With the above tips, you’ll be able to know how to dehydrate eggs and make a tasty breakfast that you can take with you miles from any conventional kitchen.
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