Dried Eggs, 10-25-22

The eggs in this basket are not blown out and I’ve had them for years. If you just leave them at room temperature they will definitely get rotten and stink up the whole house. BUT if you have a frig in the garage for example, you can put fresh eggs in the crisper drawer and leave them for 2-3 months – under refrigeration of course. The insides of the egg dry up and sometimes will even rattle a bit. At that point they’re safe to display in your home. I’ve used this basket of eggs at Easter for many many years even though some of the shell colors have lost their beautiful shades of green, blue, pink, tan and ivory. It’s probably time to start saving eggs for a new batch.

And there’s your lesson about dried eggs.

The block I mistakenly posted first is the next one I’m going to present to you but we’ve got lots to do before we get to that block. Connie will be doing the presenting of the quilt along and I will also follow along and sew with you. I’m hoping everyone will know how to send me pictures of their fabric choices.

Take your photo and send it to maryehazel2020@gmail.com. Then I can post to the blog and it will be so much fun to see what others have chosen.

Someone said we’ll be making 5 blocks per week for 4 weeks – I don’t sew that way, do you? I’m guessing Connie has broken it down to like units – I’m seeing her tomorrow so I’ll know more soon.

Off to my sewing machine!

PS – Do you remember the black and white polka dot chicken I named Dot? You also remember she disappeared like many others? A few days ago I found her under a ledge of overhanging hay sitting on a huge nest of eggs. Mind you these eggs are not likely fertilized with one lonely rooster in the coop but she thinks they are. I’m just thrilled she’s still alive!

37 thoughts on “Dried Eggs, 10-25-22

  1. Rosalie

    So glad you found Dot safe and sound. I had the same thing happen at Christmas time a few years ago. Always a wonderful surprise to find the girls alive and so productive. I used all the eggs I found as it was winter.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rosalie – I saw the picture of that gorgeous nest of brown eggs! Yes, such a sweet surprise

  2. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio.

    Hurray for Dot and her eggs. Who knows, maybe they are fertilized? I did not know that about drying eggs. Very interesting. I am so far behind, I am not doing the quilt along this time, but I’ll enjoy watching😃 The come orbs of your eggs are so pretty. Another beautiful day here—76*. Rain tomorrow.
    Off to bed. Zzzzz

  3. Kris in WI

    Oh happy day! When I asked about the goats and geese a few days ago, I didn’t want to bring up any sad feelings, so didn’t ask about the chickens. So glad pretty Dot is still with you. I can’t commit to joining the Sew Along, but I will admit to checking out my stash to see what might work…maybe enough blocks for a table runner or topper? Hmmm.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kris – just lay your fabrics out and follow along! Sometimes I think that’s the most fun anyway – picking it out!

  4. Diana in Des Moines

    I buy eggs from one of my quilting friends. Up till this last batch of chickens, there were blue, green, brown, and pink eggs. I loved to sort my eggs by color and keep like colors together. No, I’m not OCD. lol. Well, maybe…….

    I would love to participate in the sew along, just so many other things pulling me away. I babysit my grands, Elliott 3 and Leah 1 1/2 every day. Active in my church and have many fundraisers coming up, plus I take care of my 88 year old mom, who broke her hip in June. She’s much better, but still kinda whiny and needy. Thank God my husband is helpful and self sufficient. As I told you earlier this year, he has a spinal cord injury and also gets sores on his feet and ankles. Currently we are dealing with the tail end of a sore from this spring. Not open anymore, just dead skin.

    God bless you, Mary, as you entertain us every day, even when you are having a bad day. I can relate to you on so many levels and look forward to your posts.

    Oh, sending money tomorrow for a pattern, and a little gift is in there just for you.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – I agree you don’t have time to sew along with us! Your mom and your grandchildren need you right now – you can always make the cover quilt besides just watching as we progress. Are you a church musician or another church job? And what other fundraisers are you involved in? I’m just interested. Hope your husband’s foot heals fast – at least faster than Rick’s. This is endless!!! If you had told me 18 months ago that this would be our life in the coming months, I would not have believed it!

      1. Betty Klosterman

        My neighbor broke her foot June 6, she doesn’t know how. They operated and put it in a cast. It wasn’t healing and operated again in August. She has graduated to a boot, but at her October 24 checkup, it isn’t healing and she has to go to middle of December for another checkup……….. I think old and healing doesn’t always go together well? Plus, she can’t drive!!!!! This is a lady that was ALWAYS on the go! And now she’s an expert with the scooter.
        Take care. Betty in Rapid City

  5. Carmen Montmarquet

    I always wondered on how to dry eggs, I have a friend who has chickens so will ask her for some pretty ones and try it! Thanks for sharing that info! So glad you found Dot!

  6. Bonnie McKee

    Hurray! So happy to hear Dot is alive and well. Mary, please let us know if any of those eggs hatch.

  7. Kim from TN

    I’m so glad that you found Dot, what wonderful news! I did not know that about eggs. How clever to just let them dry out and be preserved. I look forward to the quilt along.

  8. Jean Elliott

    Years ago when you mention ed drying eggs I took some eggs I had purchased from you ..the green and blue ones. I put them in an egg box and put them on the top shelf in my kitchen cabinet and left them there …probably for a year. In any case they did dry perfectly like you said they would and they never had any odor at all. I eventually sold them in an old wooden egg crate. I think I need to make more.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jean – I even remember sorting the eggs so you got all blue, green and brown! Good to know that they can be in an undisturbed cupboard as well as the frig. I wouldn’t have known that.

  9. Teresa in Port Coquitlam, BC

    Thank you for sharing how to dry eggs. I had no idea. Glad you found Dot.

  10. JudyE

    I would love to do the quilt along but, just recovering from hip surgery . I will follow along so, maybe I can make one on my own later on. I am excited to see the color combinations that others will be using to make this quilt. I love putting fabric colors together to create that real special quilt for someone to enjoy for many years.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy E – you can just follow along and watch the process while you recuperate- I’ve already gotten several fabric photos – I love seeing what everyone chooses to use!

  11. Carrolyn V

    What a different life you live and have lived from mine! A totally different knowledge base! My world has always been foreign languages, immigrants, different cultures, world travel…….we have such a diverse world experience! So wonderful to learn about yours!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carrolyn – so here’s the thing – I WANT to know about yours! Maybe you should write a blog! Smile!

  12. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    It is wonderful news hearing you found Dot!
    We had much needed rain all day. It was definitely a soup day.
    Thanks for the dried egg lesson. 🥰

  13. Pat Smith

    I’m so glad to hear the good news about Dot! She’s a very industrious chicken to have disappeared for so long to do what she sees as her job. I’ve had a quilt on the design wall for 6 months waiting to be finished. It started out a house quilt like the one I saw displayed at Connie’s in one of your pictures. But, then I thought it needed some trees, so I started those. Now I need to get it together so it can be quilted.We live a helter skelter life in many places because of our RV and getting the time to concentrate on a quilt is difficult. I plan to follow along to see everyone else’s progress and the beautiful quilts that result.

  14. Kathy Hanson

    So glad to hear that Dot is back safe and sound! Sure wish she could tell you about her adventure and let you tell us!! What a story it would be! Looking forward to the sew along, starting to pick out colors, will look forward to hearing Connie give us some ideas! We have another great grandson born on Monday morning, will get to see him in person for Thanksgiving.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – congratulations! Where does he live? Is he coming to your house ? Our trips to Mayo are stressful and I am so sorry we can’t stop at your house! It looks like we’re in for many more monthly appointments thru the winter months. Hugs to Penny!

  15. Teresa

    I’d love to see a current pic of Dot. I’m so happy she is ok! Maybe you could add an egg or two of hers to your collection. Have a great day. I love reading your posts.

  16. Joy in NW Iowa

    Hi Mary! I’m so happy your chicken is ablative. I’m so sad about one of our Tom cats. He is a Siamese kitty and so pretty. Someone much have hit him on the road and he is partially lame. Problem is, he is wild so what do I do next?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – Good Morning! I would catch him in a live trap and get him to the vet. The vet will give him a sedative shot through the trap and then he’ll be able to treat him. And you wonder how I know this?

  17. MaureenHP

    Thanks for the info on the dried eggs, Mary. I had no idea you could let them dry out in the frig! A bowl of colored eggs really looks interesting.

  18. Joyce from NY

    Thank you for the dried eggs lesson, never knew you could do that, learn so much from you & your blog. Still warm & breezy here this morning, leaves are blowing off the trees. Rain expected tonight !!

  19. Jeanine from Iowa

    We received over an inch of rain on Monday. That is the most we have had all summer in one rain. In spite of the dry year, our corn did better than we anticipated. We call it our corn, but it is actually our renters corn as my husband has retired from farming for several years. Anyway, we were so thankful for the rain, and it came as a slow steady rain so soaked in to the ground. Yesterday was a busy day. I had Bible study in the morning with ladies at our church, and then I sewed with the ladies at the church for 2 hours in the afternoon. We are making Christmas lap quilts for the people in one of our nursing homes that are in wheel chairs. What fun we have had doing that. We want to give them to them right after Thanksgiving.

    A few years ago, three of our hens disappeared. I figured something got them. Low and behold, two of them showed up the next morning, and a day later the other one showed up. We were amazed that nothing got them during the night. I do miss my chickens. Happy to hear Dot is ok.

  20. Beamer's Mom

    Even if I don’t have time to participate in the quilt along this time, I’m going to read and learn about color selection. That’s the hardest part for me. I’m learning, but fear I’ll never get to you and Connie’s level.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      B’s Mom – keep in mind we’ve been doing this for 50 years, most of those at a “professional”, make our living from it, level. Haha!!! We’re old! Hugs to Beamer – how’s he doing?

  21. Donna Giddens

    Didn’t know about the drying egg thing. Thought had to be blown out. Amazing to me.

  22. Jan Smith

    Your eggs are so pretty & didn’t know about the preservation. I used to get eggs from my friend who raised chickens. She said the eggs were so good because they were happy chickens. Another thing she told me is that if fresh eggs are left at room temperature they will keep for weeks. Once they are refrigerated the shelf life is maybe two weeks. They did seem to keep longer on the countertop.
    So happy to know that you found Dot! Will she stay on guard for long?

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