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Doomsday Preparation – Storing Eggs 9 Months

How to preserve eggs using mineral oilOn an episode of Doomsday Preppers one of the items that caught my attention was when Kellene Bishop was talking about being able to store eggs for as long as 9 to 12 months.



As a prepper you should always be on the lookout for tips on how to preserve food for the longest possible time.  One item that isn’t all the easiest to keep in your emergency supply is fresh eggs.  Even in a refrigerator they don’t last all that long.  With this tip you will be able to safely store eggs up to 9 months or more without compromising your safety.

It only seems logical that we should be able to do this as in most foreign countries you see eggs unrefrigerated all the time.  It’s only here in America and other countries do you see eggs refrigerated.  This is because when a chicken lays an egg there is a natural coating called the bloom that protects the egg.

As part of your emergency preparations you can basically mimic mother nature by using mineral oil to protect the eggs from oxygen which will eventually lead to rotting.

The best way to preserve eggs for a long period of time is to use mineral oil to protect the eggs.

Here is how to store your eggs for 9 to 12 months.

Take mineral oil and heat it up for about 10 seconds or so in a microwave.  Take all of the eggs out of the container.  You’ll want to do this because if you don’t once your hands are covered in mineral oil it will be hard to get them out.

Put on some food handling handling gloves or if need be medical gloves.  Coat each egg thoroughly.  Then put the egg back in the carton with the pointed side down.

Now you need to store the eggs in a temperature below around 68 degrees and you should be able to store eggs for a longer duration.  You will want to rotate the eggs every month or so.  You could set a reminder on a calendar or phone.  Just gently turn the case over so the top becomes the bottom and the bottom of the egg container is on the top.  This will help preserve the integrity of the yolk.

You won’t need to worry about knowing if the egg has gone bad, just use your nose, if it smells bad don’t eat it and get rid of it.

Thanks to Kellene Bishop sharing this great tip on Doomsday Preppers.  Tips like this will help us all be more prepared for emergency situations.

Another tip from Kellene Bishop is using cheese wax to preserve Cheese

Using this method to store cheese for a longer amount of time is fairly simple.  There are a lot of articles on preserving cheese but you may not know buy cheese wax. The previous link will help with that.

53 Comments/Reviews

  • Cathy Collins says:
    5 stars

    Great information on eggs and will share with those who don’t have internet access in my area

  • Penny says:

    That is simply amazing that you can store eggs at room temperature for up to 12 months. I have a very small refrigerator in my apartment and usually have a couple of dozen eggs in there. I will not be storing them refrigerated any more.

    Thanks, Penny

  • viola bowman says:
    5 stars

    can you do this with fresh eggs, just laid> does it matter if they have been refrigrated first? and if you use fresh eggs, do you prep them the same way?

  • mel says:

    Great idea for eggs since i raise chickens & get several eggs aday. But i would like to know where to find cheese wax? Thanks for the tips! !

  • Dirty Mic says:

    Most sources I’ve observed said to store in the refrigerator, but some say to keep tightly wrapped in plastic, and other individuals say loosely wrapped in wax paper so the cheese can “breate”? Does anyone know the very best way to store cheese? I am most fascinated in difficult cheeses, like cheddar.

  • Sydney Cipolla says:

    i once created the statue of david out of the cow cheese wax.

  • Awilda Batista says:

    Does any person know any guidelines/tips for storing numerous kinds of cheese? Plastic wrap, paper, foil? I dwell in Japan and they have a tendency to wrap every little thing tightly in plastic, I just wonder if that is poor for some of the cheeses. And variety would be great, I really like and consume them all!
    (Im not talking about Kraft grocery-store selection here, I imply genuine cheese)

  • Joia says:

    My physician instructed me to get mineral oil for delivery to use as a lubricant to massage me as little one is coming out to lessen the opportunity of tearing, any suggestions?

  • Axel De Jesus says:

    Hi, I’m wondering how I can preserve an egg, not to eat but to keep in a jar.
    No I didn’t go out and find the egg, it was a pretty one particular that I owned that by no means hatched, so I wished to keep it,
    I could probably get the fluids if someone would tell me when to do, but every person I ask does not know because they never listen to of preserving eggs.

    What do I want to maintain them, if I want to pickle them what do I use?

    Can somebody tell me step-by-step instructions?

  • RaBert says:

    Last minute homework help! I was absent when my professor taught us the material. I could really use someone proficient in this specific science field to help out with some of these blanks.

    ____ occurs in the _____ producing sperm with 23 chromosomes. Each human sperm cell has three parts–a head, a middle region, and a tail. The head contains the nucleus with the chromosomes. the acrosome at the tip of the head enables the sperm to fertilize the eggs. The middle region contains the ____ which produce energy. The tail, a long and slender flagellum, moves the sperm.

    The testes are housed in the scrotum. From the testes, sperm passes through the ______, which is a storage and maturation area, to the _______ where they are housed until delivery. The ______ at the base of the urethra secretes a fluid that has a stimulating effect on the sperm. During intercourse, they travel to the ___________, where the reproductive and urinary tracts join, emptying through the ________. An adult male produces ________ continuously, several hundred million each day of his life. Those that are not ejaculated from the body are ______ in a continual cycle of renewal.

  • Zanto says:

    My friend is 19 years old wants to have kids at some point in her life, but can’t right now. In about 5 years she won’t be able to physically have children, because of a medical condition, called endometriosis, that will more than likely force her to have her uterus removed, due to the pain. Does anyone know of some good sites to get information on storing her eggs, so that when she’s older she can have a child of her own. The things I need to know are: how much, where, ECT. Any information would be appreciated!

  • The Pessimist says:

    Would mineral oil get rid of this meal i just ate????……!!!

    I went over my caloric intake thnx. I WANT IT GONE!!
    haha……stop being such a girl?? right……

    ok them “let me just go be a BOYYY then”……

  • Amistad Perfecta says:

    I want to do the moon easter egg and have done the time travel will tell (shangri la) easter egg but have not done the call of the dead easter egg on co op but I did do it solo can I still do the moon easter egg? Will i have the golden rod in storage if I spawn as Richtofen?

  • Chocolate Flavour says:

    Do hard boiled eggs maintain their same nutrition (particularly protein) even when boiled and left in the refrigerator for about three hours? How long can you store them in the fridge after being boiled before they spoil/lose their nutritional properties? Thanks for any knowledge you can provide me.

  • Virgil says:

    I recently bought this shimmering body oil by Bare Bronze to add some color and a healthy glow to my skin (I don’t like to tan in the sun). The main ingredient is “Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum).” I know that mineral oil may clog the pores on the face, but will it do any harm if I put it on my body? And is it true that too much mineral oil lead to skin cancer?

  • Cassandra A says:

    1. The most successful weight control program involves
    A. eating a lowfat diet.
    B. exercising aerobically.
    C. combining aerobic exercise with a healthy diet.
    D. weight training.

    2. A person trying to lose weight should
    A. lose one to two pounds a week.
    B. reduce his or her intake of water.
    C. lift weights every day.
    D. lose 20 pounds a month.

    3. The main reason why you should reduce your intake of eggs is because egg yolks
    A. lack carbohydrates.
    B. are high in cholesterol.
    C. are high in protein.
    D. lack fiber.

    4. High-fat diets can cause atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by
    A. reduced protein availability to cells.
    B. decreased glycogen storage.
    C. thickening and hardening of the artery walls.
    D. softening of the artery walls.

    5. Which of the following is a disaccharide?
    A. Sucrose
    B. Glucose
    C. Fructose
    D. Galactose

    6. Vegetables and fruits are beneficial for good health because they contain
    A. single sugar units that don’t require the breakdown of glucose.
    B. important vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
    C. saturated fats.
    D. natural, not processed foods, and little added starch.

    7. A pregame meal should include foods that are
    A. high-fiber carbohydrates.
    B. easily digestible carbohydrates.
    C. high in fat.
    D. high in protein.

    8. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Fiber concentration is found only in the skins of fruits and vegetables.
    B. Eating soluble fiber is important for proper bowel functioning.
    C. Whole grains contribute to chronic constipation.
    D. Food processing is known to reduce the content of fiber.

    9. Sodium intake can be controlled by
    A. carefully reading labels of processed foods.
    B. choosing frozen dinners over fast foods.
    C. keeping a blood pressure level higher than 140 over less than 85.
    D. increasing your intake of water to balance the sodium in your bloodstream.

    10. Which type of exercise increases fat loss?
    A. High-intensity
    B. High-duration
    C. High-duration/low-intensity
    D. High-intensity/low-duration

    11. If you ran 3 miles and burned 420 calories, about how many miles would you have to walk to burn 420 calories?
    A. 3 miles
    B. 5 miles
    C. 7 miles
    D. 8 miles

    12. To lower your dietary cholesterol, you should reduce your intake of
    A. vegetable oils.
    B. animal products.
    C. protein.
    D. cereal.

    13. Which of the following statements about alcohol is true?
    A. Alcoholic beverages should be consumed to lower health risks such as heart attacks.
    B. Light beer contains fewer calories but more alcohol content than regular beer.
    C. Excessive alcohol consumption may pose serious health risks such as high blood pressure and may damage body organs and muscles.
    D. Moderate alcohol consumption is an effective warm-up technique in order to loosen and relax the muscles.

    14. Which one of the following eating tips would be appropriate for a diabetic?
    A. Vary mealtimes from day to day.
    B. Avoid drinking water at mealtime.
    C. Eat high-fiber vegetables and fruits.
    D. Avoid high-fiber vegetables and fruits.

    15. People who have trouble digesting milk should consider getting vitamin D and calcium from
    A. milk that has lactase added.
    B. well-cooked fruits and vegetables.
    C. soups with no milk added.
    D. fatty fish.

    16. Which of the following is true?
    A. It would take three to five hours to hydrate the body after a water loss of 3 percent.
    B. A critical time to replace bodily fluids is while exercising.
    C. Mild food ingestion during exercise increases water absorption from the stomach during exercise.
    D. Thirst is the best indicator of water requirement during competition.

    17. What effect does the aging process have on dietary guidelines?
    A. You’ll need additional calories to fuel the body.
    B. Prescription drugs often present side effects and therefore should always be taken with food.
    C. It causes nutrient deficiencies so you’ll need to rely more heavily on nutrient supplements.
    D. If you take diuretics, they can deplete potassium levels, so you may have to eat more foods containing this nutrient.

    18. The eating disorder characterized by compulsive overeating followed by self-induced vomiting and the use of laxatives or diuretics is
    A. malnutrition.
    B. cirrhosis.
    C. anorexia nervosa.
    D. bulimia.

    19. Saturated fats are found primarily in
    A. fruits and grains.
    B. animal products.
    C. vegetable oils.
    D. alcoholic beverages.

    20. The greatest water loss per day occurs
    A. through the skin (perspiration).
    B. through the lungs (ex

  • Courtney June Watson says:

    My friend is 19 years old wants to have kids at some point in her life, but can’t right now. In about 5 years she won’t be able to physically have children, because of a medical condition, called endometriosis, that will more than likely force her to have her uterus removed, due to the pain. Does anyone know of some good sites to get information on storing her eggs, so that when she’s older she can have a child of her own. The things I need to know are: how much, where, ECT. Any information would be appreciated!

  • Jay Rolled says:

    i have a 2 foot asian water monitor, i bought for his home tempery, blue prints for cage in works, a 30 gallon storage tub, put some flat broken peices or concrite and rocks in it below the light, and filled it with about 3 inches of water with a filter and power head to keep water moving, and a under tank heater to keep the water nice and warm, he loves it, but one question is, does he need like a definate dry spot cause the top flat rock he sprawls out on, its dry and kinda warm, its very steamy in his cage too, i put the lid on with a hole cut out in the middle, with metal mesh on it with the light on top, i drop about 13 minows in it and he spends hours hunting um, i also feed him crickets and i dip a minow in vitimines and feed him by hand, he seems to be doing very well, and advice or tips to make it better? also, today i noticed a little price of skin missing, hair line in thickness probley, a quarter of a inch long behind his leg, my guess from crawling around rocks, should i be concerenced about this and him having full acess to water and that healing up? my concernces are bateria and what not, the water is crystal clean. i would like to get him to eat something else besides crickets and fish. someone said hard boiled eggs. i tried and if it dosesnt wiggle he doesnt want it, maybe when he gets bigger? and ideas for a better cost effictive food? thanks for any imput you may have.

  • Adriana Vandoni says:

    Usually eggs are recommened to be consumed by 2 to 3 wks afrer packaged , while under good storage temp of less than 50 F and kept in its box not in inside door refrigerator. I have consumed eggs kept in refrigerator 2 to 3 months. The white part becomes watery, but taste is intact. So really is it important or wise to throw an egg eventhoug we know it is good.

  • Smuts B Gone says:

    i was told by a vet that adding a few dops of mineral oil to kitten food will help assist with its bowels. do i just use regular or is there a specific type? is organic better or does it really not make a difference?

  • Pedro Martinez says:

    My friend is 19 years old wants to have kids at some point in her life, but can’t right now. In about 5 years she won’t be able to physically have children, because of a medical condition, called endometriosis, that will more than likely force her to have her uterus removed, due to the pain. Does anyone know of some good sites to get information on storing her eggs, so that when she’s older she can have a child of her own. The things I need to know are: how much, where, ECT. Any information would be appreciated!

  • Daniela Tenjido says:

    Ok so i need some more guppies in my tank. my guppies are having babies but they always eat them. How do i preserve the eggs? Do i put them in a sepreate fish bowl or what? please please please help!!!!

  • Candi Queen BC-45 says:

    The wax that holds balls of cheese together are always red. Just wondering, is there a particular reason?

  • HI Kempinski says:

    1. The most successful weight control program involves
    A. eating a lowfat diet.
    B. exercising aerobically.
    C. combining aerobic exercise with a healthy diet.
    D. weight training.

    2. A person trying to lose weight should
    A. lose one to two pounds a week.
    B. reduce his or her intake of water.
    C. lift weights every day.
    D. lose 20 pounds a month.

    3. The main reason why you should reduce your intake of eggs is because egg yolks
    A. lack carbohydrates.
    B. are high in cholesterol.
    C. are high in protein.
    D. lack fiber.

    4. High-fat diets can cause atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by
    A. reduced protein availability to cells.
    B. decreased glycogen storage.
    C. thickening and hardening of the artery walls.
    D. softening of the artery walls.

    5. Which of the following is a disaccharide?
    A. Sucrose
    B. Glucose
    C. Fructose
    D. Galactose

    6. Vegetables and fruits are beneficial for good health because they contain
    A. single sugar units that don’t require the breakdown of glucose.
    B. important vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
    C. saturated fats.
    D. natural, not processed foods, and little added starch.

    7. A pregame meal should include foods that are
    A. high-fiber carbohydrates.
    B. easily digestible carbohydrates.
    C. high in fat.
    D. high in protein.

    8. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Fiber concentration is found only in the skins of fruits and vegetables.
    B. Eating soluble fiber is important for proper bowel functioning.
    C. Whole grains contribute to chronic constipation.
    D. Food processing is known to reduce the content of fiber.

    9. Sodium intake can be controlled by
    A. carefully reading labels of processed foods.
    B. choosing frozen dinners over fast foods.
    C. keeping a blood pressure level higher than 140 over less than 85.
    D. increasing your intake of water to balance the sodium in your bloodstream.

    10. Which type of exercise increases fat loss?
    A. High-intensity
    B. High-duration
    C. High-duration/low-intensity
    D. High-intensity/low-duration

    11. If you ran 3 miles and burned 420 calories, about how many miles would you have to walk to burn 420 calories?
    A. 3 miles
    B. 5 miles
    C. 7 miles
    D. 8 miles

    12. To lower your dietary cholesterol, you should reduce your intake of
    A. vegetable oils.
    B. animal products.
    C. protein.
    D. cereal.

    13. Which of the following statements about alcohol is true?
    A. Alcoholic beverages should be consumed to lower health risks such as heart attacks.
    B. Light beer contains fewer calories but more alcohol content than regular beer.
    C. Excessive alcohol consumption may pose serious health risks such as high blood pressure and may damage body organs and muscles.
    D. Moderate alcohol consumption is an effective warm-up technique in order to loosen and relax the muscles.

    14. Which one of the following eating tips would be appropriate for a diabetic?
    A. Vary mealtimes from day to day.
    B. Avoid drinking water at mealtime.
    C. Eat high-fiber vegetables and fruits.
    D. Avoid high-fiber vegetables and fruits.

    15. People who have trouble digesting milk should consider getting vitamin D and calcium from
    A. milk that has lactase added.
    B. well-cooked fruits and vegetables.
    C. soups with no milk added.
    D. fatty fish.

    16. Which of the following is true?
    A. It would take three to five hours to hydrate the body after a water loss of 3 percent.
    B. A critical time to replace bodily fluids is while exercising.
    C. Mild food ingestion during exercise increases water absorption from the stomach during exercise.
    D. Thirst is the best indicator of water requirement during competition.

    17. What effect does the aging process have on dietary guidelines?
    A. You’ll need additional calories to fuel the body.
    B. Prescription drugs often present side effects and therefore should always be taken with food.
    C. It causes nutrient deficiencies so you’ll need to rely more heavily on nutrient supplements.
    D. If you take diuretics, they can deplete potassium levels, so you may have to eat more foods containing this nutrient.

    18. The eating disorder characterized by compulsive overeating followed by self-induced vomiting and the use of laxatives or diuretics is
    A. malnutrition.
    B. cirrhosis.
    C. anorexia nervosa.
    D. bulimia.

    19. Saturated fats are found primarily in
    A. fruits and grains.
    B. animal products.
    C. vegetable oils.
    D. alcoholic beverages.

    20. The greatest water loss per day occurs
    A. through the skin (perspiration).
    B. through the lungs (ex

  • Ray D says:

    ive tried alotof stuff, bags, sealed containers tubaware i just cant keep cheese it always molds! what do you use to store your cheese and how long does it take for it to start molding?

  • marce cruz says:

    The eggs I have been buying don’t even taste like eggs so I want to get them fresh lately.

  • Sharron Kenny says:

    It starts to get moldy and a sweaty smell develops which makes the whole piece of cheese inedible. I have to throw it away. How can I store cheese longer and stop it from developing this smell?
    Thank you to everyone who took the time to send me answers to my question.

  • Jo Darden says:

    Can I store my brine shrimp eggs at room temperature in an empty fish food plastic sealed top container?

  • Fali Lpez says:

    i have got four chickens and get four eggs a day.as i have a small family i cannot use all the eggs and have even thrown some away.is it possible to freeze them or has someone got the recipe to pickle them?

  • Sparky says:

    I have a 7 year cat, Mya, and she is coughing/hacking a lot. I’m not sure if it is hairballs or asthma, so I am going to give her mineral oil to see if that helps clear it up.

    How long does it take for the mineral oil to take effect?

  • Jen says:

    I love her tips. Both the eggs and the cheese wax. Awesome.

  • Armando Alvarez says:

    I understand that it is not common to use regular cooking oil to preserve the wood fence. However, before there are chemicals,people use oil to shine/preserve the “antique” furniture. Is there any reason that is wrong to use mineral oil/cooking oil?

  • Olivia Newton says:

    My friends son came over ate that cheese and thought it would be cute to put that wax on my fricken patio. Now there are huge red wax stains on my wall. Im so mad. Please help

  • Breanna Summar says:

    I can’t find cheese wax anywhere and they both appear to be made of paraffin. Is gulf wax the same thing as cheese wax?

  • Where I Stand says:

    I have a 7 year cat, Mya, and she is coughing/hacking a lot. I’m not sure if it is hairballs or asthma, so I am going to give her mineral oil to see if that helps clear it up.

    How long does it take for the mineral oil to take effect?

  • Xbox360king says:

    My friend is 19 years old wants to have kids at some point in her life, but can’t right now. In about 5 years she won’t be able to physically have children, because of a medical condition, called endometriosis, that will more than likely force her to have her uterus removed, due to the pain. Does anyone know of some good sites to get information on storing her eggs, so that when she’s older she can have a child of her own. The things I need to know are: how much, where, ECT. Any information would be appreciated!

  • Nicole says:

    I have been told that the shell needs to be coated with a particular gel or solution but don’t know what that is specifically. Or if it is available in Australia.

  • Amber says:

    Idk y but I love eating the wax that comes with the small babybell cheeses and I swallow it also I also swallow a lot of gum will I just poop it out or what?

  • Moon Mermaid says:

    Just wondering! I think it’s wax (from what I’ve read while trying to search for the answer). If it isn’t edible, are we supposed to cut it off or what? Thanks.

  • sebastianbechyne says:

    I read recently about someone’s father or grand-father who invented or licence the red was seal on cheese. Any idea who the celeb is?

  • Puma Scorz says:

    Just wondering! I think it’s wax (from what I’ve read while trying to search for the answer). If it isn’t edible, are we supposed to cut it off or what? Thanks.

  • Ewokman says:

    We are doing an assay that is intended to detect the Presence of succinic dehydrogenase, an enzyme associated with mitochondria. We are using methylene blue as our electron acceptor. I think that the mineral oil may have something to do within inhibiting the electron transport chain (much like azide would) but I’m not sure how this would work out chemically. Or… I could be totally wrong and the mineral oil is just there to keep the assay “happy”.

  • DannyG says:

    Used to preserve eggs in the war.

  • TALENT says:

    Provide research-based documentation, please.

  • Stephanie Lusty says:

    I have a 7 year cat, Mya, and she is coughing/hacking a lot. I’m not sure if it is hairballs or asthma, so I am going to give her mineral oil to see if that helps clear it up.

    How long does it take for the mineral oil to take effect?

  • Rob Bing says:

    I am making a mole sauce, and instead of cooking it over chicken, i wanted to prepare one that i might be able to store in the fridge for a while so i am using a homemade chicken broth instead. I am confident that the broth will give it a nice flavor, but i was wondering if there would be any reason i wouldn’t be able to store this in the fridge for at least a week or 2, and also for future reference, how long could something like this be stored.

    Basic list of ingredients:
    a paste made from an assortment of dried peppers toasted and reconstituted with chicken broth, garlic, onion, various toasted seeds and nuts, raisins, slice of egg bread and a tortilla, a plantain, tomato and tomatillo, chocolate, various herbs and spices.

    Alsoooooo, a few recipes i have seen have called for slices of bread or tortillas. What is the purpose of this? Would it contribute to a lower fridge life? Would the plantain do the same? Any other tips from people who have prepared a mole who don’t want me to make any mistakes on my first one? Thanks, wish me luck!

  • Laura Morris says:

    The eggs I have been buying don’t even taste like eggs so I want to get them fresh lately.

  • Jay Rolled says:

    i once made the statue of david out of the cow cheese wax.

  • Maybel Moore says:

    Does anyone know any guidelines/tips for storing various types of cheese? Plastic wrap, paper, foil? I live in Japan and they tend to wrap everything tightly in plastic, I just wonder if that is bad for some of the cheeses. And kind would be great, I love and eat them all!
    (Im not talking about Kraft grocery-store variety here, I mean real cheese)

  • Saundra Jarvie says:

    How can I preserve colorful Easter eggs for one year?

  • Megan says:

    There’s some really random comments on here about cats, lizards, baby eggs…did these people read the article?! lol.

    Mother Earth News did an experiment on long tern egg storage. They found unwashed eggs (not store bought-store eggs are always washed) sealed in the fridge held up the best. They tested with vaseline as their oil and it was rated #5 out of 6 methods.

    Article here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1977-11-01/Fresh-Eggs.aspx

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