We eat a lot of eggs. Seriously, I can go through 6 dozen eggs a week. In searching for provisioning tips on the Women Who Sail facebook group, a few women mentioned that its good to keep powdered eggs on board, because eggs can be hard to find, or super expensive, so its good to have that to supplement with. I know that “fake” eggs (as my kids call them) work just fine in baking, as I’ve used meringue powder in a pinch, but I wasn’t sure how it was going to work for one of our staple dishes, ‘loaded’ scrambled eggs.
I used Ova Easy brand egg crystals. We made 6 ‘eggs’ worth using the egg powder, and in a separate pan I made scrambled eggs using six “real” eggs.
- Sautee onions, diced potatoes, peppers, spinach/whatever veggies/meats you want in your eggs.
- I usually add the eggs straight to the pan of sauteed veggies & meat, but this time I wanted them a little more separate so we could try out the eggs. I removed the veggies from the pan and poured in the powdered egg mixture. When it was about half way cooked, I added the veggies back tot he pan and continued cooking until the eggs were done. Then added a bit of shredded cheese.
- I repeated the same process with the “real” eggs from the store and the other half of the sauteed veggies.
TASTE TEST: Three out of four of the people who tried them guessed the “fake” eggs WRONG. They could tell that there was a slight difference, but couldn’t identify which were the ‘fake’ ones! All of them said they’d be perfectly acceptable to eat on a regular basis. WIN WIN!!!
I was surprised to see that it set up and cooked almost exactly how the fresh eggs cooked.
The fresh eggs were slightly fluffier, but nothing terribly noticeable.
I now have a staple that I can buy for the boat with confidence that we’ll actually use it. When we try baking with the powdered eggs, I’ll post a couple of recipes and review as well.
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