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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. 
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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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