I have obtained some powdered whole eggs in anticipation of canoeing in May. The problem is that when just mixed with water--they are TERRIBLE. How can I make them so that they will be edible in the field? Thanks.
I would say that mixing in something with a lot of flavor - stronger cheeses, bacon, etc. - might somewhat mask that nasty taste that they have. Of course I myself have not been motivated to do that after my first trial at home... They just sit on the shelf.
Loc: Eastern MA, USA
"Yeah, what he said."
That, of course, is a guess. Snitch a powdered cheese from a cheap-o mac 'n cheese dinner for a possible lightweight stable cheese. Bacon bits, real or artificial, might help. Try some salsa at home. If it helps, get some Taco Bell packets, or dehydrate your favorite. Poultry seasoning? Might be worth a try. Ditto for dehydrated chives, dried tomatoes, etc. If you can't make them papatable at home, save them for baking. Few things taste much better on the trail if they start off awful at home.
For me, they have an unpleasant taste. Somewhat remniscent of fresh eggs, but something else in there that is not pleasing to my palate. I could certainly eat them, but most other things taste better to me for breakfast (cereals, etc.).
Loc: Portland, OR
If all else fails, incorporate them into baked goodies and bring those with you into the field. Since you may be canoeing instead of hiking, there would more leeway for heavier items, such as cookies, fruity bars, breads (and real honest-to-goodness eggs, too).
I've had to toss old powdered eggs that turned bad & had a nasty taste. Check the expiration date again.
Oh yeah, powdered eggs packaged in a FOIL pouch will last years longer than those packaged in mere plastic, which are good for only a year. Oxygen permeates the plastic & spoils the eggs. Same is true of any dehydrated or freeze dried food. Foil is the best container by far.
Edited by 300winmag (12/06/0612:12 PM)
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I tried a different kind of dried eggs, and they were just fine. I believe the first packet of dried eggs were not properly packaged by the manufacturer (no oxygen absorber in it). Thanks for all the suggestions.
Try trading them to a newbie hiker tired of their mashed potatoes or mac n cheese <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
Ya' think if they could'a figured out how to make powdered eggs taste good they would serve 'em on the Space Shuttle or up at the Space Station now would'nt ya? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!
My own experience is that powdered eggs are fine for use in baked dishes as a fresh egg substitute. However, to cook and eat them as eggs as a maindish I believe them to be unedible. Even a healthy dose of salsa cannot cover up the horrific taste. I believe the brand I used is Wakefields, perhaps there are others that are better.
Alan, I could'nt agree more, as I do likewise and try to cover them with salsa too <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> No way! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> If not even salsa can make something eadible, "Houston, we have a problem! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />"
Not in my pantry <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!
O.K. here goes. Rehydrate and brown some dehydrated hash browns. I add dehydrated onions,peppers and such along with salt and pepper. Add the eggs and cook. Top with salsa,tobasco or catsup. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
put powdered eggs in a 1 qt freezer bag add some powdered milk and water add dried onion & mushroom & butter buds let mixture sit for 10 minutes place bag in boiling water and cook till eggs just start to thicken remove bag from water and pour the partially cooked mixture onto a fresh cut pine plank continue cooking eggs over an open fire till done salt and pepper to taste when eggs are completely cooked, discard eggs in fire and eat the plank
LOL! I don't think that's what's meant by "feed the fire"!
In Boy Scouts we used to make a dish called "yuck". It's basically a scrambled omelet, consisting of eggs, some kind of diced meat, some kind of diced starch, and anything else that was left over from the previous night's dinner. Yuck could elicit responses that varied from "YUCK!" to "(gobble)(smack!)(chew)(snarf)Any more?". Some of the best looked like fried rice. The worst was made with spaghetti noodles and sauce. I think Denny's has something similar with its Country Scramble bowls.
There are some spices that will make powdered eggs more palatable. Onion powder, garlic powder, and tarragon are high on my list.