how to preserve eggs without refrigeration

Preserving Eggs in Lime Water Recipe

It’s Springtime here, and that means our hens are laying eggs….lots and lots of eggs.  How can we preserve eggs without refrigeration? Let me explain with “Preserving Eggs in Lime Water Recipe”!

Back in the day, before refrigeration, there were several different methods to preserve eggs. 

Some work better than others!

One way to preserve eggs is pickling, but to be honest, my family isn’t crazy about pickled things, so I don’t use this method.

Another way to preserve eggs is by freezing.  

Freezing eggs is just a matter of scrambling the eggs and putting them into labeled zip-lock bags.

Put the zip-lock bags on a cookie sheet in the freezer, so that they freeze nice and flat!

The amount of eggs per zip-lock bag is up to you.

How many eggs do you usually need when you bake?  How many are you baking for?  It might make more sense to only include 2-4 eggs per bag for smaller families.

However, if you’re raising a big brood (like we did), then maybe scramble a dozen at a time and store that way.

But today, we’re going to be talking about “water-glassing” or “liming” your farm-fresh eggs.

Only use unwashed, farm-fresh eggs for this method of egg preservation!

It is very important that they eggs be fresh and that they retain their “bloom”.

If you aren’t aware, the “bloom” on a farm-fresh eggs is essentially a film that all eggs are hatched with, and that “bloom” protects the eggs from bactieria and spoiling.

Unwashed, farm-fresh eggs can sit on the counter for a few months, without any refrigeration!

But what if you want or need your eggs to stay fresh for 8-12 months?

Then, you are going to want to try “water-glassing” or “liming” your eggs!


You will need:

  • Clean (free of poo and mud) farm fresh eggs that are unwashed (store eggs won’t work)
  • Very clean 5 gallon bucket with lid
  • 8 oz. pickling lime
  • Filtered or distilled water (Don’t Skimp on This!)

5 gallon bucket and pickling lime

The pickling lime is pretty easy to find, anywhere that carries canning supplies should have it.

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Eggs in a wire basket with 5 gallon bucket next to it

Again, you’re going to need farm fresh eggs, not store bought ones. 

Scrub your 5 gallon bucket and lid with hot, soapy water!  Clean, clean, clean!!

If you have some eggs with a little dirt or poo on them, use a DRY scrubby of some kind to scrub it off.  Don’t wash them!

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5 gallon bucket with water

Fill your very clean bucket with 8 quarts of distilled, RO or filtered water.

dropping eggs in 5 gallon bucket of pickling lime

Add 8 oz. of the pickling lime and stir.  Avoid inhaling!

Then, slowly place your “clean” eggs in the solution. 

I used one dry hand to grab the eggs and then placed them in the other wet hand to lower into the solution.   

Date your bucket and keep your bucket covered!

I’m not sure how many eggs you can get in the bucket, but I’d say quite a few! 

As fast as our eggs are coming in, I might fill 2-3 buckets.

Where Should I Place the Bucket?

If you have a cool place in your home, like a basement or lower level, I would put my egg bucket there. 

Avoid light as much as possible.  I happen to have a lower level laundry room that is always a bit on the cool side.

Again, the reports say that this method will keep the eggs good for at least 8 months and up to 2 years. 

Your storage area does not have to be cold, just make sure the room keeps a steady and consistent temperature.

When you decide you’re ready to use these eggs, you’ll want to rinse them thoroughly with water before use!

We don’t want to consume the lime!

I would further do the water glass test, just to be sure. 

Simply put the egg in a glass of water, it should sink to the bottom if it’s good.

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After 4+ months, here’s a picture of the eggs I pulled out from the very bottom of my bucket (the first ones I put in), and the picture of what they looked like when I cracked open.  The yolk and the white were firm and looked great!


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Comments (4)

  • Victoria Reply

    Did your eggs end up lasting? Did they taste ok?

    May 24, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    • Kelly Reply

      Hi Victoria! It’s been just a month since I wrote the post, so I will let you know come fall how they turned out! I’m very excited and expecting good results! Thanks for commenting!

      May 25, 2018 at 1:29 am
  • Misty Reply

    Hi I was just wandering if after pickling them don’t hey have a different taste?

    October 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm
    • Kelly Reply

      Hi Misty! Great question, but no, they do not taste any different. This isn’t pickling, even though we are using pickling lime. I rinse my eggs off real well when taking them out of the lime water before I use them. Thanks for asking!

      October 13, 2018 at 2:16 am

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