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A half gallon glass mason jar filled with eggs and a lime mixture

Water Glassing Eggs

Water glassing is a traditional, safe way of preserving eggs for long-term storage without the need for refrigeration! The process has been used since the early 1800’s and involves mixing pickling lime in water and submerging the eggs in the mixture. 
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 15 -130 (depending on your container size)
Calories 72 kcal


  • 1 Clean container any size from 1 quart to 5 gallons
  • 1 Slotted ladle
  • 1 Kitchen scale


  • 1 oz Picking lime  per 1 quart of water
  • fresh, clean, unwashed eggs DO NOT use store-bought eggs
  • water well, filtered or distillled


  • Mix 1 oz of pickling lime per 1 quart of water in your container.
  • Gently add the eggs to the water glassing solution, leaving 2" of liquid above your eggs. Be careful not to break one, otherwise the whole batch will be spoiled.
  • Cover and place your water glassed eggs in storage (cool location out of direct sunlight). They don't need refrigerated!
  • Store for 1 year (some say up to 2 years)!
  • When you want to use them, wear a dishwashing glove or use a slotted ladle to pull them out one at a time. Gently!
  • Rinse the eggs well so there's no lime residue. Then, use them just as you would a fresh egg in the summer.


Serving: 1eggCalories: 72kcalProtein: 6gFat: 5g
Keyword eggs, preserve eggs, water glassing
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