As the topic denotes, eggs can be converted and stored in powder form. They are dehydrated eggs and are similar to powdered milk in texture. They were introduced during the 20th century and have become quite popular among people due to various reasons. The best thing about them is that, not only can they be used for cooking and baking, but also for making dishes that are usually prepared with fresh eggs, like omelets and scrambled eggs.
Moreover, apart from whole egg powders, one can also find whites, yolks and mixed eggs in the powdered form and can use them according to one's needs. However, not many people have all the information on this, and hence, this article is an attempt to bring together all the important details.
The nutrition facts are different for each type. For instance, the nutrition value of a whole egg will not be the same as that of only yolk or whites. However, there are certain health benefits that are common to all of these types. Let us look at the health benefits as well as advantages of opting for the powdered variety, over the fresh ones.
- It has been found that the nutritional value of egg powder is much higher than their normal form. Moreover, they contain 13 folates and essential vitamins which are necessary for good health. This is one of the most important reasons because of which people opt for them over normal eggs.
- Another advantage of using them is, shelf life. While fresh ones have to be consumed within 3 - 4 days of their purchase, the shelf life of powders can extend till ten years, if they are stored properly. Also, there is no need to store them in the refrigerator. All you need to do is to store them in an air tight container and place them in a dark corner of the shelf where they will not be affected by moisture or oxygen.
- Apart from the shelf life, another reason because of which people prefer them over normal eggs is because, the former is cheaper than the later. For instance, the cost of a one pound powder is much less than the same amount of their normal form.
- They are easy to use as compared to the normal ones. In case you are using them for baking, you can directly add them to the other ingredients without adding any water. On the other hand, if one wants to use them to make an omelet or scrambled eggs, the powder can be re-hydrated by adding milk or water to them. Moreover, the process of using them is much less messier than the normal ones.
Making Egg Powder
Most people wonder if they should buy them or make them on their own. They are readily available in stores where you buy items required for baking. However, rather than buying, it is possible to make them at home. For making the powder, break the eggs in a bowl and beat until fluffy. Heat a saucepan and cook them till they are completely done. Take them out of the pan and keep them over a paper towel until the extra grease is completely drained.
Once this is done, break the cooked eggs into little pieces and place them on a baking pan or sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and dry them for ten hours at the temperature of 135 °F. After the said time, take them out of the oven and blend them in the food processor till they turn to very fine powder. You can store them in an air tight container or in a heavy plastic bag.
I hope you find this article helpful as well as informative. One of the most important advantage of using them is that, they help in saving time. In other words, people do not have to wait for the eggs to come to room temperature after taking them out from the refrigerator to use them for cooking. Once you start using them, you will surely find them to be a convenient substitute for fresh eggs.