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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  GWN on 5/28/2012, 4:48 pm

rowena
after i make stock, i put the bones in the pressure cooker until they turn to mush, then i use them for bone meal for the garden or to make dog biscuits for my pets.

That is SOO interesting.....great use of everything
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  rowena___. on 5/28/2012, 5:29 pm

thank you, GWN. my kitchen goal this year is zero waste--nothing unused. it sounds like a lot of work but really it has very manageable.
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  GWN on 5/28/2012, 6:41 pm

my kitchen goal this year is zero waste--nothing unused. it sounds like a lot of work but really it has very manageable.

My Goal as well, but I have a ways to go though.
How long does it take for bones to turn to mush in pressure cooker?
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  happycamper on 5/28/2012, 8:37 pm

I usually do three of the things that have been posted with egg shells.

1. Throw them into the compost 2. Crush them and place them around tomato plants for a slug deterent and 3. I put them in the blender with water and pour them in the garden during the winter where a calcium loving vegetable is going to be planted to give them time to decompose (egg shells take time to breakdown).
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  rowena___. on 5/29/2012, 10:36 am

it takes about an hour for chicken bones, and about 4 hours for beef bones, thus i only do beef bones in the winter (no AC in the kitchen). one day i hope to have an outdoor kitchen in which to do my canning and so forth.

happycamper, how cold are your winters? even here in nashville it gets cold enough that my composters completely stall in january.
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Post  happycamper on 5/29/2012, 8:08 pm

"happycamper, how cold are your winters? even here in nashville it gets cold enough that my composters completely stall in january."

Rowena, I live in the Pacific NW and I am a zone 8 for my area. We don't get long periods of solid freezing temps (maybe 7-10 days a year as a guess), we rarely see snow or ice and our coldest month is February. It rains here 10 months a year. I have 5 rotating compost piles/composters and since I have 8 chickens (high nitrogen poop and bedding) and compost all kitchen waste, I usually have 3 piles cooking while two are resting.
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  rowena___. on 5/29/2012, 9:09 pm

oh, chickens! nashville just passed an ordinance allowing chickens in the urban services district but my husband, who grew up on a farm, does NOT want any chickens. Smile so i'm biding my time, and our friends are plying him with fresh chicken eggs from their coops. Twisted Evil
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  GWN on 5/29/2012, 11:23 pm

but my husband, who grew up on a farm, does NOT want any chickens.
Rowena perhaps if you promised him NOT to get a rooster.......Smile
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  walshevak on 5/30/2012, 6:16 am

@rowena___. wrote:it takes about an hour for chicken bones, and about 4 hours for beef bones, thus i only do beef bones in the winter (no AC in the kitchen). one day i hope to have an outdoor kitchen in which to do my canning and so forth.

happycamper, how cold are your winters? even here in nashville it gets cold enough that my composters completely stall in january.

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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  rowena___. on 5/30/2012, 10:21 am

HOME!

GWN, roosters aren't allowed anyway within the USD, so that argument doesn't work. what WOULD work is if i promised him that he'd never, ever have to see or hear or clean up or cull a chicken, ever. LOL
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  JonFrum on 6/3/2012, 10:56 pm

Egg shells are not a solution for blossom end rot. Blossom end rot occurs when the plant is in a high transpiration condition. That's like sweating for us. Water is drawn up from the roots, and then evaporates from the leaves through tiny holes. When too much water is drawn through the leaves from the rest of the plant, calcium goes with it. Thus, the fruit don't get the necessary calcium and BER occurs. So BER is not a lack of calcium in the soil, it's the mis-allocation of calcium within the plant.

I do run eggshells through the blender, and then either add them to the compost pile or just sprinkle them in the gardens. But dolomite lime also provides plenty of calcium as well. With my acidic soil, it's a good idea to add lime for many crops, and it supplies both calcium and magnesium as well.
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Post  camprn on 6/3/2012, 11:04 pm

Thanks for the info Jon, and to the forum.

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Post  Kelejan on 6/4/2012, 12:27 pm

Welcome JonFrum, and thanks for your knowledegeable posting.
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egg shells for garden calcium

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 3/30/2013, 11:39 pm

Our local paper suggests: After cracking a couple of eggs, rinse out the eggshells and microwave them on a paper towel or microwave-safe plate for about 3 minutes. This will not only sterilize the shells, but will make them very dry and easy to pulverize. (Think I'd use a rolling pin instead of my hands, though.) The powdered shells make great fertilizer for roses, rhododendrons, hydranges and, of course, tomatoes.

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Post  Lillyz on 3/31/2013, 4:44 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Our local paper suggests: After cracking a couple of eggs, rinse out the eggshells and microwave them on a paper towel or microwave-safe plate for about 3 minutes. This will not only sterilize the shells, but will make them very dry and easy to pulverize. (Think I'd use a rolling pin instead of my hands, though.) The powdered shells make great fertilizer for roses, rhododendrons, hydranges and, of course, tomatoes.

this might be a dumb question, but why do you sterilize the egg shells?
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  llama momma on 3/31/2013, 5:05 pm

Here is a good way to pulverize eggshells - put the shells in a used cereal bag liner from a cereal box and a rolling pin. The bag is tough enough to handle the rolling pin and shells, then use a twist tie to close it up or pour it into a plastic storage container.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 3/31/2013, 5:15 pm

Lillyz, My guess is to dry the shells thoroughly, and in the microwave process, becomes sterilized and less likely to eventually give off less-than-nice odors if you plan on collecting shells for, say, collecting over winter for spring supplements. Just guessing, since I didn't write the little paragraph I found in the newspaper, but I do like the quick way of thoroughly drying the shells. Nonna

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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  RoOsTeR on 3/31/2013, 6:16 pm

We use an old electric coffee grinder to grind our egg shells. Most of our egg shells get thrown out right back to chickens to enjoy. The rest get ground up and added to compost.

Here is another idea for egg shells:
http://nourishedmagazine.com.au/blog/articles/how-to-make-calcium-using-egg-shells

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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  CindiLou on 4/1/2013, 12:55 am

I just rinse mine off and toss in the bin for the composter.
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  audrey.jeanne on 4/2/2013, 9:59 pm

I microwave my eggshells to kill any e-coli or other bad bacteria in case my compost piles don't heat up adequately. Just a precautionary measure I picked up from reading somewhere.

One of those quick steps that might not be necessary but aren't a big deal to do.
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Post  camprn on 4/3/2013, 5:55 am

I just pitch the shells into the compost container. They get crushed and decompose in the compost heap all on their own. Very Happy

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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  bnoles on 4/3/2013, 7:50 am

@camprn wrote:I just pitch the shells into the compost container. They get crushed and decompose in the compost heap all on their own. Very Happy

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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  yolos on 4/3/2013, 10:14 am

I crush mine by hand and put in a big cup. When the cup is full I put them in a tuff ziplock bag, take them outside, put the bag on the concrete driveway, and gently pound the heck out of them with a rubber mallet until they are very fine. I then put them in the freezer (just to get them out of the way of my grandson who wants to put them in the compost pile NOW) and wait till time to plant tomatoes. Then I put them in the bottom of the holes when I plant the tomatoes. But recently I think I read that they take so long to break down that the tomatoes will not benefit from them in the year they are planted.
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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/3/2013, 10:39 am

Peeled a bunch of hard-boiled eggs yesterday; most peeled well, but some retained a bit of egg white stuck to them. So, I microwaved the whole batch for 5 minutes. Amazing, how dry they came out and how easily they smashed up. Yolos, It appears to be true that egg shells take quite a while to break down, but those are mostly large shells found undecomposed in the compost. Smashed almost to a powder, though, I should think they'd break down pretty fast. My theory, anyway.

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Grind Egg Shells for Calcium?

Post  countrynaturals on 6/11/2016, 11:36 pm

We have free range chickens. If I dried their egg shells, then put them through our coffee grinder, could I work them into my garden soil to add calcium? Is this worth doing? Are there any veggies that would NOT want the extra calcium? Would it be of immediate use to the plants or have to break down first?  geek
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