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Re: What do you do with egg shells

Post  GWN on 5/28/2012, 4:48 pm

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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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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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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

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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

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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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