One of the best and most versatile survival foods is not one that usually comes to mind right away. It’s eggs.
Eggs in powdered form can have a reliable shelf life of about 10 years. Which is great for your survival stash.
Or, if you’re fortunate enough to own chickens following a disaster, you can have fresh eggs for a long time.
Either way, you should make sure you enjoy eggs for as long as possible. Why? Because they provide plenty of what you need now and what you’ll require during a crisis.
Eggs are nutritious
The single best thing about eggs is their nutrition. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Not to mention omega-3 and omega-6 fats and protein.
I prefer large eggs, but even medium eggs will give you much of what your body needs. You’ll get 60 to 65 calories and 5 to 6 grams of protein with a medium egg.
You will also receive Vitamins A, B6, B12, D, and E. Plus thiamin, riboflavin and folate (B vitamins), and pantothenic acid.
The yolk will give you about 20 percent of your daily allowance of selenium. As well as amino acids and choline. Plus smaller amounts of iron, phosphorus, potassium and copper. And manganese, calcium, sodium, zinc and iron.
Multiple ways to prepare them
Now, some folks skip the yellow part of the egg due to its high cholesterol. But you also lose many nutrients that way.
Depending on your health condition, perhaps you can eat the yellow and cut back on cholesterol intake elsewhere.
When a survival situation lasts more than a couple of weeks, people get very tired (and sometimes physically sick) from eating the same thing over and over again.
But that’s not a problem with eggs because they can be prepared many different ways.
You can eat them hard-boiled, soft-boiled, scrambled, over easy, over medium, over hard, poached, baked, in an omelet and more.
Improving other foods
In addition, you can use eggs to improve the taste of a variety of other foods. They will help thicken, bind, emulsify and leaven different foods.
Eggs are used to hold meatloaf together, and to thicken custards. They also help with the binding in biscuits and cakes.
This incredible food is also used in the making of pies, mayonnaise, macaroni, casseroles, cookies, pasta, salad dressing and French toast.
And, eggs can stay good for three weeks. Yeah, they might taste better that first week, but you’ll be just fine eating them for about 21 days.
Eggs are versatile
One of the great things about eggs is how versatile they are. In fact, some folks have named something like 100 uses for the egg.
Among them are…
- The shells make for good fertilizer, due to their calcium content. Add them to your compost pile.
- The membrane can act as a bandage for a wound. And it will speed up the healing process.
- Placing eggshells around your garden can keep certain pests away from plants, including slugs and snails that don’t like those jagged pieces.
- In a cashless crisis, eggs will make for a great bartering item. A vast majority of people won’t have them, but will want them.
To sum up, don’t overlook eggs when you’re stockpiling survival food. You’re going to need everything they offer up when the stuff hits the fan.