Want to stockpile eggs for emergencies? Eggs are surprisingly one of the trickiest items to store long-term. Unless you invest in a freeze dryer machine, you’ll need to buy powdered eggs.
- Best overall: Legacy freeze-dried egg powder. Buy | Read Review
- Most affordable option: Eggylicious egg powder. Buy | Read Review
- Best for long shelf life: Ready Wise. Buy | Read Review
What Are Powdered Eggs?
Powdered eggs are real eggs that have had all moisture removed from them. They are made by using either freeze-drying or spray drying.
Freeze-drying involves putting foods into a special chamber that freezes the food so water in it turns to ice. A pump then removes air from the chamber to create a vacuum, thus creating a low-pressure environment. The ice evaporates in this environment and special condensers remove the water vapor, leaving you with dry food.
Spray drying is a process that turns liquids into dry powder.
To spray dry eggs, they are first preheated and then put into the spray drying chamber. Very hot air (up to 300F) passes through the chamber. The hot air causes moisture to rapidly evaporate, leaving behind a powder. The powder separates from the air and is removed from the chamber.
Which is better: Freeze-dried or spray-dried eggs?
Both freeze-dried and spray-dried eggs are very similar. Most people won’t be able to notice much of a difference between the final products.
However, freeze-dried eggs usually are slightly better in terms of texture. Freeze-dried eggs also reconstitute better. The reason for this is because spray drying heats the eggs, thus changing the composition.
Spray drying is usually cheaper and easier to produce large batches. Because of this, most powdered eggs are made with spray drying and not freeze-drying.
Can I Make Powdered Eggs At Home?
If you have a home freeze-drying machine, you can make powdered eggs at home. These machines are expensive though and not widely available. Spray drying machines aren’t designed for home use. They are usually massive industrial machines that cost thousands of dollars to buy.
Is it possible to make egg powder in a dehydrator?
No, it is not possible to make powdered eggs with a food dehydrator. When you dry eggs on a home dehydrator, the proteins get very hard. They end up gross and rubbery when you try to rehydrate them and don’t even work for baking.
*Note there are plenty of videos online showing how to dehydrate eggs and then blend them into a powder. The eggs will get dry – they just lose all their desirable properties. You really need a spray dryer or freeze dryer if you want to make powdered eggs!
Also read: Foods you can’t dehydrate
Powdered Eggs vs. Fresh Eggs
When cooked, the taste of powdered and fresh eggs is exactly the same. The texture of powdered eggs is sometimes a bit different though, especially if you didn’t mix the powder with water well enough.
Nutritionally, both are great sources of protein and minerals. Powdered eggs do have fewer vitamins and certain other nutrients than fresh eggs though because those nutrients break down during production and storage.
So, yes, fresh eggs are better than powdered eggs in terms of texture and nutrition (though not by much). Fresh eggs are also usually cheaper than powdered eggs. However, powdered eggs are better in almost every other way.
Benefits of Powdered Eggs:
- Don’t break or crack
- Have a very long shelf life
- Easy to transport
- Take up less space in storage
*If you don’t want to buy powdered eggs, another option is to freeze eggs. There are also many egg alternatives you can use for baking.
Types of Powdered Eggs
There are three different types of powdered eggs:
- Whole eggs
- Egg whites
Note that scrambled egg powder is different than egg powder. It is usually made by freeze-drying cooked eggs. Because it is precooked, you can make it by just adding water (though it usually tastes rubbery if you don’t fry it up).
You cannot use scrambled egg powder in baked goods! It does make a good backpacking meal or instant emergency meal though.
Best Whole Egg Powders
Legacy Whole Egg Powder
The egg powder by Legacy is freeze-dried, so has a slightly better texture than spray-dried eggs. Freeze drying does mean these powdered eggs are a bit more expensive.
It is probably worth paying the higher price though because of the longer shelf life.
The smaller packaging is also more convenient than the bulk packages you find on other long-shelf life powdered eggs.
- 22oz pouches
- 10 to 15-year shelf life
Verdict: Top choice – Great balance of affordability and very long shelf life.
Augason Farms Powdered Eggs
This isn’t the cheapest egg powder available but is pretty close. The price per egg ends up being low enough that you can buy these in bulk.
The great thing about Augason powdered eggs is the packaging. The egg powder comes in 2lb 1oz cans with oxygen absorbers inside. This packaging means the eggs can last 10 years.
- 2lb 1oz cans
- 10-year shelf life
Verdict: Second choice – more affordable but slightly shorter shelf life and texture not as great.
Judees powdered eggs are very affordable and one of the cheapest you’ll find. The eggs come in various sized pouches, including cheaper bulk pouches.
The shelf life is pretty short though, which means these are better for everyday use instead of bulk stockpiling.
- Resealable pouch, various sizes
- 1 to 1.5-year shelf life
Verdict: Good option for everyday use but not great for bulk stockpiling.
ReadyWise Egg Powder
ReadyWise is an emergency preparedness food brand that sells bulk freeze-dried products. They make it incredibly convenient to get prepared because the food pouches come in bulk buckets.
These powdered eggs have a shelf life of 25 years. However, while ReadyWise does have some good deals, the price per egg ends up being very high.
- Mylar pouches in bulk bucket
- 25-year shelf life
Verdict: Choose if you want to get prepped for emergencies quickly, even if it costs you more
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Valley Food Storage Powdered Eggs
Valley Food Storage is another emergency food brand. Their powdered eggs are very similar to ReadyWise in terms of packaging and shelf life.
- Mylar pouches in bulk bucket
- 25-year shelf life
Verdict: Good for long-term preparedness.
Eggylicious Powdered Eggs
When it comes to price, Eggylicious were the cheapest powdered eggs I could find.
They come in 1lb plastic containers with a screw lid. This type of packaging isn’t air-tight, so it’s no surprise the shelf life is only about 12 months.
*The brand doesn’t say how the egg powder is made, but they are most likely spray dried.
- 1lb plastic container with screw lid
- 12-month shelf life
Verdict: Most affordable option, though not great for long-term storage.
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Cracked Up Bulk Egg Powder
Cracked Up is a bulk egg powder that ends up being really cheap per serving. It comes in large bags with 70 servings per bag.
The shelf life is 18 to 36 months, which is pretty good. However, the packaging isn’t great. If you don’t use the egg powder quickly after opening the bag, it can end up getting clumpy or going rancid.
- Spray dried*
- 32oz resealable pouches
- 18 to 36-month shelf life
Verdict: Great value if you use powdered eggs often
OvaEasy Powdered Eggs
OvaEasy is a really popular brand of powdered eggs. I’ve included it here but is my last pick. The reason is that it is pricier than almost all other brands. It’s too expensive for bulk buying or even regular use.
I also don’t like the packaging: the bag doesn’t contain oxygen absorbers and can’t be resealed. As for taste, people either really love it or hate it.
However, because OvaEasy is available in small packages, it is a good option if you’ve never tried egg powder before and want to sample some before buying in bulk.
- 2oz pouches
- 5-10 year shelf life
Verdict: Too expensive for regular use but good if you just want to try powdered eggs
What’s your favorite brand of powdered eggs? Let us know in the comments section below.
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How long do pickled / hard-boiled eggs keep in their brine in a normal refrigerator? does the list/concentration of ingredients matter?
They should be good for around 4 months if kept in the fridge. I’d say that the concentration does matter, but it’s pretty much impossible to know for certain unless you want to invest in some fancy lab equipment and test the acidity level, microbe level, etc of your pickled goods. 🙂 Just be really diligent about taking pickled foods out with clean forks or spoons. I’ve had some batches go bad on me because I was lazy about that.
Hello all…have enjoyed all the informative and helpful articles I started dehydrating eggs and yes it was a yucky mess to hard to powder but when I was younger I use to try my hand at egg souffle it was beaten egg whites and added yolk… I have been very successful using this method…with egg whites beaten till stiff and slowly add yolks it is a very stiff mix and I can pour out “pancakes” and dehydrate these on a flat suface… I can get 10 eggs on 8 flat trays and dry them in 4 hours…this is no lie.. I wish more people would try this method.
I still have to finger crush and sift and put into a coffee grinder but the results are fantastic but I am also very frugal and already have an abundance of eggs .Best of Wishes to everyone Stay Safe
Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to test that out. I’ve only had really bad results when dehydrating eggs. I have dehydrated baked goods with eggs in them though. Dehydrated pancakes are surprisingly yummy when rehydrated with hot milk.
Legacy states, “Food will last up to 1 month after breaking the seal”. I’m not sure I could use it up in a month. Would it be possible to pour some out and then add an OA and reseal since it is in a mylar bag for long-term storage?
Yes, you can definitely repackage into smaller quantities. When resealing Mylar bags, just make sure the seal area is clean. If even a tiny bit of food matter gets into the seal area, it might not seal well and you could have air leaking in. This is true whenever you pack food in Mylar though, regardless of whether you are reusing the bad.
Thank you for all of your articles. I appreciate your vast knowledge in storing foods long-term and how you take the time to comprehensively explain each topic. I especially appreciate that you are very concerned about food safety! As far as this article, I had a few questions about Judee’s or Egglicious dried whole eggs: Is it possible to safely repackage these products in a sealed mylar bag with O2 absorbers so as to extend the shelf life to 10-15 years? (Is the moisture content low enough in these products to use O2 absorbers?) Finally, will freezing the dried whole egg powder in a sealed mylar bag with O2 absorbers further extend the shelf life? If so, this seems to be the most affordable route in storing dried whole eggs long term.
Repackaging in Mylar with O2 absorbers will help extend the shelf life. But eggs are high-fat, and fats will go rancid even with O2 absorbers. The most important thing with fatty foods is to keep them in a cool temperature. So, storing them in the freezer would extend the shelf life “indefinitely” (basically, they will last forever in the freezer). There’s no need to use O2 absorbers when freezing food.
Personally though, I don’t recommend storing emergency food in the freezer. If the power goes out, all that food will go bad. Even if the power outage is just for a short people, the change in temperature could cause moisture pockets to form. So, if you are going to store it in the freezer, don’t use O2 absorbers. Just put them in a sealed Mylar bag without an O2 absorber.
Thank you again, Diane, for your time and helpful advice. I have purchased some whole egg powder in #10 cans from Augason Farms and Ready Hour, but before that, I purchased several packages of Judee’s whole egg powder–frankly, because it was far more affordable! I will plan on storing the Judee’s whole egg powder that I have already purchased in the freezer in a mylar bag to extend the shelf life as long as I can, and I will be sure to use it first in an emergency situation!