How to Store Eggs Not in the Fridge: 5 Reliable Options

In peacetime or wartime, the skill of food storage without a fridge will definitely come in handy – no one is immune to power cuts or equipment breakdown.

How to preserve fresh eggs longer – 5 methods

In order to ensure that the eggs you buy do not go bad, use one of the following methods for storage. They were used by our grandmothers in the days when the refrigerator was not in every house.

Important: Regardless of the method chosen, there is no need to pre-wash the eggs.

Salt solution

Take a saucepan, and add table salt at a ratio of 1 tbsp per 500 ml of water. Put the eggs and put it on the stove. Boil and remove from the fire. It is best to keep the pot with the eggs in a cool place and place a weight on the lid, to prevent air from getting in.


For this option, you’ll need a box or basket with sawdust, ash, dry clean sand, or wood shavings in the bottom. Lay the eggs with the sharp ends down so that they do not touch each other. You can make several rows and cover them with shavings. Put the egg crate in a well-ventilated room.

Salicylic Acid

Eggs treated with this solution are stored for a long time, even if you do not have the opportunity to provide them with a cool temperature. Make the solution as follows:

  • Use 2 tsp of salicylic acid for every 500 ml of solution;
  • stir, dip the eggs into the solution;
  • wait half an hour;
  • Dry on a towel.

It is not necessary to wipe the eggs, it is better to wait until they dry themselves. Then lay them out in rows in a box or crate.


You need to find lard, vegetable oil, paraffin, or vaseline and smear chicken eggs with something of these. Wrap each egg on paper and put it in a basket or box. Eggs prepared in this way should be stored in a cool place.

Sugar syrup

Take sugar in proportion of 1:2 with hot water, and boil the resulting mixture. Each egg should be dipped in the solution for 5 minutes and then wiped with a paper towel. After the eggs have dried and a sugar film has formed on them, you can put them in a basket with sawdust, bran, grain, or sand.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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