Egg Prices are Going Up. Way Up.

Egg prices are going up.  An announcement was made at the beginning of January alerting consumers to a price hike in eggs as California starts requiring hens be raised in spaces big enough to move around in.  This means that states selling eggs to California must also meet these standards in order to continue selling eggs in the Golden State.

Anyone thinking  this new requirement meant that chickens would suddenly be living out their days in luxury digs with prices staying the same, needs to think again.  Because of the new standards, chicken farmers are sending their flocks to their Heavenly Rewards rather than building new, larger buildings to house the hens in.

Less chickens could mean less eggs, which would drive up prices.

powdered eggs
I was able to attend the Augason Farms scratch and dent sale last Friday.  I grabbed these beauties for $13.99 each.

I’m thinking it’s a good time to make sure my preps include some powered/dehydrated/freeze dried eggs.

How about you?

A great way to combat rising food prices is to purchase on sale and in bulk.  This allows you to ‘lock in’ the price of a food.   Purchasing enough to last a year will give you amble opportunity to begin looking for a good sale price before you run out and are left at the mercy of what ever the going price of an item is.

Here are some sources for eggs in long term storage form:

Augason Farms

Emergency Essentials

Thrive

Rainy Day Foods/Walton Feed    (You can also find Ova Easy Egg Crystals freeze dried eggs on this site.  More expensive, but better tasting I’m told.)
Eggs in a can not what you are dreaming of?   Then freezing eggs might be a good fit!

Tip:  How do you use powered/dehydrated eggs?  It’s easy.  In any recipe calling for eggs use 1 T. dry egg powder + 2 T. water for a medium egg or 2 T. dry egg powder + 1/4 c. water for a large egg.

Remember, most companies all source their powered eggs from the exact same place.  So even if one company’s directions tell you to use 2 or 3 tablespoons of powered eggs for the replacement of 1 fresh egg, all you really need is ONE Tablespoon of dry egg powder. 

Have egg prices gone up where you live?  Do you store eggs?   Do you use powered eggs in place of fresh ones?

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