April is the first full month of spring, with all the good things sun and warmth can bring. What this translates to (in terms of your stockpile) can be summed up in one word—EGGS.
Eggs are everywhere. We color them for Easter, cook them with cheese and rich sauces for brunch, and use them to bake all kinds of yummy delicacies.
Best of all, eggs are CHEAP this month! If you’re going to buy eggs, buy them now! In this post, learn how to stockpile your eggs savings and put those eggs to creative use!
Storing your egg stockpile
For many years, I didn't think you could store eggs. I’ve since been proven wrong, and now I know that when stored properly, a stockpile of fresh eggs can last you up to 12 full months!
Here is what you need to know about storing your egg stockpile:
- Store your eggs near the back where temperatures are colder.
- This great KCL post has all the details: How to Freeze Eggs
- Leftover raw egg whites or yolks should be placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Why stockpile eggs?
Maybe you don't do a lot of baking…or your kids don't like the taste of eggs. Perhaps you don't have much freezer space. So why stockpile eggs at all? Here are some creative reasons to rethink stockpiling eggs!
1. Unclog your sink.
I don't know about you, but I tend to gravitate towards buying older, “vintage” homes….which may look cute, but they often have sluggish plumbing. So I need to be super careful not to let stray leftovers slip down the drain. Eggs help me daily with this chore.
- What to do: Crush up eggshells and place them in your sink and tub drain strainers. The eggshells will keep small bits from passing through the strainers and totally stop larger bits from going down the drain.
2. Create child-safe, edible paint for decorating cakes.
If you love to decorate cookies, cupcakes and cakes, but you’re leery of additives in commercial food coloring, what you need is eggs (specifically, the whites!).
- What to do: Separate out the whites from the yolks. Whisk the whites with one tablespoon of water. Add natural food coloring of your choice (great options include a few drops of beet juice, blueberry juice, carrot juice, raspberry juice, cranberry juice, grape juice or spinach juice). Add a bit of sweetener, and decorate away!
3. Keep your pet cat or dog out of "no-no" areas.
If you've ever walked across crushed eggshells with bare feet, you probably remember it felt sharp! If you have a pet who just won't take the hint to stay away from the breakables or off the "pet treats" shelf, crushed eggshells may accomplish what nothing else will.
- What to do: Sprinkle crushed eggshells across the entryway to the area that is off-limits. The eggshells will feel sharp and uncomfortable to your pet's foot pads, encouraging them to turn around and walk away.
- Another great source: Thrifty Uses for Your Leftover Eggshells
4. Try some tasty new dishes!
If you have yolks left over why not pop them into some tasty festive spring dishes to enjoy with your family and guests!
- What to do: Egg yolks can be used in puddings, lemon curd, ice cream, eggnog, salads or even chocolate chip cookies (add one whole egg and one extra yolk to your regular recipe for a richer, better-tasting cookie!).
5. Store, plant, pack and protect stuff.
Don't toss those styrofoam egg cartons, either! You probably already know how useful they are to store small items like earrings, buttons, beads, golf balls and scrapbooking supplies. But you can also use those egg cartons to store delicate holiday ornaments and other fragile items safely….and you can use egg cartons in place of bubble wrap or newspaper to protect items you want to pack and ship!
- What to do: Before using them for anything, be sure to wash those egg cartons very well with warm water and soap!
- For a creative option: DIY Eggshell Seed Starters
6. Create party candles.
This can be a great craft for older and younger kids, respectively, or you can prepare them in advance for your next party!
- What to do: First, gently wash your empty eggshells and let them air dry. Then you can then fill the empty shells with wax and a wick (for sweet, cheap party candles).
Still craving more creative uses for eggs?
If you are, then you’ll love this great KCL post that offers 10 more easy and fab ways to put your cheap April eggs to money-saving use!
Resource: 10 Weird, Money-Saving Ways to Use Eggs