PSA For The Many Benefits Of Eggs
We consume a lot of eggs. I should clarify... We personally consume a lot of egg whites. We compost the yolks, cartons and egg shells through a few different processes. After purchasing a nice 5 dozen eggs a week from Costco, we separate the whites from the yolks straight away. We set aside half for whatever we may want during the week and use half to make nice goat cheese, jalapeno and onion muffin frittatas cooked in our Cast Iron Muffin Pans (better than silicone)!
Plastic WrapWe put the plastic wrap in our recycle bin. Unfortunately, we haven't found any use for previously used shrink wrap... any ideas?
|Cardboard egg crate seed starters|
Cardboard egg cratesThese are awesome! We trim them down to start seedlings. We tear them up and put them in the compost bin for eventual decomposition. Whether straight to the compost bin or composting under the roots of a newly planted seedling, these end up in the same place. And these cardboard egg crates are very attractive to earthworms.
Our seedlings have always loved these seed starts. We put them in the 10 Plant Growing Trays (No Drain Holes) - 20" trays and water into the trays rather than on top of the seedlings.
|Compost your egg yolks|
Golden yellow egg yolksThe bad rap eggs get are mostly due to the lovely, cheerful, golden yellow egg yolks. Prevention posted a nice infograph on the nutritional values of the whole egg versus the egg yolks. The comparison is between a small whole egg and a large egg white.
For eggs, we're primarily interested in the protein value and stick with the egg whites when we cook. For the yolks, we throw them into the compost bin. Many gardeners believe that we cannot compost the egg yolks. However, for the hot-bin composting, it is okay, and here's why:
black soldier fly larvae in compost
As long as your bin is working between 40-60C [104-140F], and you add some shredded paper and bulking agent (as normal with food waste) the egg and yolk will be broken down and ‘invisible’ within a few days. ~ HotBin CompostingAnother reason why the golden egg yolks are great for the compost bin is for the black fly larvae. We never put them in there ourselves, they are just naturally attracted to our hot, not too stinky veggie and protein rich compost. This is great for us, they compost our waste products faster than earthworms, but not so much for the paper products or eggshells.
Grinding up the egg shellsUntil this last year, I had no clue what was going on with egg shells. We just threw them into the compost bin along with all the other compost-safe stuff. But, I ran into an article about making silver powder for facial cleansing and was impressed that grinding up eggshells yields decent calcium carbonate for no extra costs!
Another article discusses the benefits of consuming DIY egg shell calcium carbonate as a calcium supplement.
1 tsp. contains approximately 800-1,000 mg. of calcium. Consume by mixing in a small amount of water with a meal. Consume 3/4 to 1 tsp daily, divided in 3 servings with meals. Don’t consumer more than 1 tsp a day as it can irritate sensitive digestive trac[ts]. ~ Mamma NaturalAnd finally another solution provided by eggshells is banishing the dreaded blossom end rot seen on tomatoes, eggplants, squash and zucchini.
When you plant your tomatoes add a few crushed eggshells to the planting hole. This will add calcium to the soil - P. Allen SmithSo, we have a lot of great reasons for grinding up our egg shells. Since we have the 5 dozen egg shells, we process them all at once.
|5 dozen eggshells, after separating yolks and whites.|
|Egg shells, crushed for processing management|
|5 Dozen egg shells, partially ground|
|5 Dozen egg shells, completely ground up|
Now that we have this in hand, we'll be prepared like scouts to add calcium to our newly planted edibles, and even create some eggshell tincture to feed our plants for a quick calcium boost. What do you do with your egg waste? We'd love to know!