Friday, May 2, 2014
Counting Our Eggs Before They Are...Frozen
It's hard for me to wrap my head around it so I can only imagine how difficult it might be for you living out there in blogville, but the fact of the matter is...we just lived through our winter of discontent and now is the time to get ready for the next one.
And next winter will be worse.
How do I know? Well, if we do sell our farm in November and pay off all our debt, we'll have about 2 nickels left to set up our new life. I will share exact amounts with you after the sale as I'll want to blog specifically about our survival on The Poor Farm, but for now I have no such specifics. We do know what our asking price for the farm is, and we know once debt is paid off there will be barely enough left to start a shell of a new house.
Don't cry for me Argentina (USA, Britain, France or Wales) as Keith and I have planned these changes. But, to survive next winter at the new place we have to get very busy HERE at the old place, growing and then preserving enough food to get us through the winter of 2015.
I'm starting with eggs.
Our own chickens have been laying many plus the two farmers I buy eggs from to stock in our farm store are overproducing as well. When the store eggs get close to their expiration date (which is the silliest state law thing of 30 days, farm eggs last way longer than that) we bring them into the farm house and start cracking.
I will do several dozen at a time. I crack each eggs into a small bowl just to make sure they are not little ones as I personally have never been a fan of scrambled chicks for breakfast , then throw them into my food processor. A quick spin of bright orange yolk and white's and I get a great collection of scrambled raw eggs. Then into a glad bag or clean cottage cheese container they go followed by an immediate trip to the freezer.
Eggs frozen this way will keep up to a year (or so I have read) and can be thawed in cold water for quick use in baking or cooking. I also do 6 eggs at a time for future omelets but most of my packages contain a full dozen. I plan to pull out a package of frozen scrambled eggs each Monday and then bake for the week.
If you have a different way of freezing raw eggs or preserving fresh eggs please let me know. This whole surviving on less than $15,000 a year (once we move) is a new goal and we have a steep learning curve in front of us.
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