If I had to guess, I’d imagine that the most common farm-type animal among homesteaders would have to be a chicken. More and more they can be found in urban settings and it seems that everyone knows at least one person with chickens, and with chickens come….eggs! Before long, you’ll realize you have too many chickens, but don’t have the heart to put them in the freezer and you’ll quickly find yourself inundated with eggs. I know we’ve had 4.5 dozen eggs in our fridge a few times in the summer months when laying is heavy. Unfortunately, (I found this out as a kid) when you start getting lots of eggs, there’s a chance one of those eggs might sit in the fridge for too long and you’ll only figure out it’s old when you go to crack it open – which is certainly less than enjoyable. You could label your cartons – as I know many people do – but then you end up with a multiple cartons that aren’t full. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t room in my fridge for half-empty egg cartons.
The solution: Label Your Eggs! At Good View Quarter before each egg gets it’s bath in the sink, but before it goes in the carton, it has it’s laid-on-date scrawled on top. All of our eggs have a date on them. It helps conserve space, and it helps let us know which eggs are freshest, and which ones might be best hard boiled. We like to use pencil. I’m sure ink from a pen would work fine, but pencil seems the safest choice than then say, Sharpie.
5 thoughts on “Homestead Hack #1: Label Your Eggs!”
How ridiculously simple is this idea? How ridiculously simple am I to have never thought of doing this myself! I have an arcane system of rotating the eggs through cartons to try and use the oldest ones first, but I can never remember which end I started at, someone else uses eggs, it all turns to custard… Great tip 🙂
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Thanks. Took a few years but I finally figured it out. Still try to keep cycle through the cartons the same, but dates on the eggs makes it so much easier.
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