Friday, November 30, 2012

Food Storage Friday #15: The What, How, When, & Why's to Honeyville Eggs

Eggs. When it comes to baking, they are as common and necessary as flour and sugar. Take a look in any cookbook or in any recipe card and you'll find it listed under the ingredients section. With eggs being so common in so many parts of baking, cooking, and, lets face it, eating, it's no wonder that many of the questions we get here at Honeyville are in regards to our eggs. Most common ones include "How do I substitute them in my baking?", "How much powder (or crystals) equal one egg?" and of course "Which one of your egg products is right for me?"

With the introduction of our all new Honeyville OvaEasy Eggs, we decided to take a closer look at the different egg products we offer here at Honeyville. In the process, we hope to give you a better idea of what our products have to offer for you and show you how to better use each of them in your own kitchen. With that said, let's take a look!

Honeyville Powdered Whole Eggs

What is it? Our Honeyville Powdered Whole Eggs are fresh chicken eggs, harvested in the United States, that have been dried and pasteurized for your safety.

How much do I use? 2 tablespoons of Powder, mixed with 4 tablespoons of water, reconstitutes one whole egg.

When should I use it? Honeyville Powdered Whole Eggs can be used as substitution in any recipe that calls for eggs. These eggs are perfect when used in any type of baking, but can also be used for scrambled eggs, omelets, and breakfast casseroles. Can you say versatile? When it comes to baking and cooking, this is the Swiss army knife of egg products! It can be used anywhere, anytime!

Why do I need them? We use eggs in almost everything we cook. Because of this, you probably find that the #1 item on your grocery list every week are eggs. Honeyville Powdered Whole Eggs come sealed in a #10 can and offer a shelf life of up to 3 years unopened. That's a lot longer than the typical carton of eggs you'll pick up at the local grocery store. Each can also contains the equivalent of 78 eggs. Plus, as we mentioned above, you can use this product in any recipe that calls for eggs.Why wouldn't you stock up?

The texture of the Powdered Whole Eggs

Honeyville OvaEasy Egg Crystals

What is it?: With our Honeyville OvaEasy Egg Crystals the moisture is slowly removed until the egg becomes a granulated texture. The difference between our Powdered Whole Eggs and Egg Crystals are similar to the differences between powdered and regular sugar. One is granulated, one is powder.

How much do I use?: 2 scoops (scoop included in pack) of Crystals mixed with 3 scoops of water reconstitutes one whole egg.

When should I use it?: When you think of typical breakfast meals, this is the item for you! Typical uses are scrambled eggs, omelets, breakfast casserole, quiche, and almost any recipe that involves an egg-focused meal. Our own Chef Tess even used them to create a delicious Breakfast Skillet Meal in a Jar Recipe.

Why do I need them?: As mentioned above, these are perfect in any recipe centered around eggs. Even better than that, they are super easy to use and cook up just as quick. You can use them to create a delicious breakfast at home, bring some to the office to cook up a quick break-time omelet, or take them camping for some delicious campfire scrambled eggs. And with a shelf life of 8 years (5 years longer than the Powdered Whole Eggs) sealed in a #10 can, they'll make a delicious addition to your food storage pantry. Plus, each container contains the equivilant of 96 eggs.

Scrambled OvaEasy Eggs

Honeyville Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs

What is it?: Our Honeyville Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs are cooked, scrambled eggs that are freeze dried, removing he moisture using a very low temperature and vacuum.

How much do I use?: Because these eggs are already cooked, it's really up to you! To re-hydrate, simply add 1/3 cup of boiling water to 1/2 cup of scrambled eggs. Stir once, cover and let stand for 5 to 7 minutes, then drain excess water. Just like that, you have delicious, hot scrambled eggs!

When should I use it?: The thing to remember with our Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs is that they are already cooked. Because of this, you want to use them as scrambled eggs with a meal or in recipes that call for already cooked eggs, such as certain breakfast casseroles, or my personal favorite, Breakfast Pockets. But they are at their best on a plate served with a piece of toast and a few slices of bacon.

Why do I need them?: This is the perfect item for campers and outdoorsmen. All you need is water and heat and you'll immediately have warm, delicious scrambled eggs. They are also great for those crazy mornings when the kids need a warm breakfast but you just don't have the time to cook it. Hot scrambled eggs in just 5 minutes? Sounds like Heaven to me!

The Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs, rehydrated and cooked.

Honeyville Powdered Egg Whites

What is it?: Our Honeyville Powdered Egg Whites are just the egg whites, and have been dried using a special technique and pasteurized in the United States.

How much do I use?: 2 teaspoons of Powder mixed with 2 tablespoons of hot water reconstitutes one egg (minus the yolk).

When should I use it?: Do you have a healthier egg recipe high in protein and low in cholesterol and fat? These are the eggs to use. They can be substituted in any recipe calling for egg whites and are perfect for those living on the healthier side.

Why do I need them?: It really is a health and preference choice. Our Powdered Egg Whites are the perfect sister to our Powdered Whole Eggs. Both have a shelf life of 3 years sealed in a #10 can. Both can be used in virtually any recipe calling for eggs. Each can contains the equivalent of 255 Egg Whites. The real question you need to ask yourself is this: Do I yolk, or do I not?

The texture of the Powdered Egg Whites

So which egg product is the perfect choice for you? That really is up to your baking, cooking, and eating preferences. But one thing we know for sure, you'll love any of the Honeyville egg products you choose!


Anonymous said...

Could you tell me what the shelf life is of the different eggs AFTER the cans are open? Also it says the whole eggs and egg whites are pasteurized, are the OvaEasy Egg Crystals also pasteurized? Are they safe to eat when mixed in cookie dough, cake batter, etc. before cooking it. Thank you.

Cookin' Cousins said...

Typically the shelf life after opening the can is 3 to 6 months in a dry, cool place. The OvaEasy Egg Crystals are pasteurized as well. And the powder and crystals are safer than regular eggs to eat in uncooked dough, which is even more exciting! Thanks for the great question!

Anonymous said...

I'll be ordering the OvaEasy egg crystals this weekend. How are they different from the pouches? Is it just different labeling and packaging?
How well would powdered egg whites work in an angel food cake? Or a meringue?

Anonymous said...

Hi, are your new Ovaeasy egg crystals in the #10 can the same ones that you sell in the double #10 from the Ovaeasy company? Are they the same items? Also your blog says 8 years shelf life but your web site says 5 years. Could you let me know which one is correct. My family loves the Ovaeasy eggs and having a larger amount in the can is great for us with bigger families. Thank you.

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi everyone! Yes, the egg whites work great in meringue and should work just as well in angel food cake. The OvaEasy Egg Crystals are the same as the twin pack, but cost less and more come in the new can packaging. We also found out that the shelf life is 8 years instead of 5. We'll be changing it on the website soon. Thanks for the questions!

M Kozicki said...

Can i use one of your egg products as protein powder for smoothies or in oatmeal?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi M Kozicki! Both our Powdered Egg Whites and Powdered Whole Eggs work great in smoothies as well as oatmeal, and you don't have to worry about salmonella with these eggs!

Jessica said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your whole eggs. I buy them for my food storage, but use them exclusively in my baking (I use fresh eggs for breakfast/egg dishes). Everything always turns out fabulous. I feel like it is more cost effective to bake this way...and I mak from scratch a majority if the foods we eat. Thanks for making such an awesome product!

Anonymous said...

After opening #10 can of whole eggs, or any eggs, can I put some in canning jars and use my Food Saver to reseal the bulk of the unused part and thus they would continue to have a long shelf life?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Yup, if you seal them back up as soon as you open the can, they should give you the same shelf life as they did in the can.