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New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:47 am
by Coconut Andy
I know that the problem with these plastic egg carriers that are popular among camping outfitters is that they are too small and cannot fit most regular sized supermarket eggs. My solution was, why not use the carton the eggs came in and armor the outside of it. I thought to myself, what is hard enough to shield yet malleable enough to conform to the outside of the carton. Answer: JB Weld, or some other form of epoxy. If the chemical reaction doesn't harm the carton and adheres to the outside, it should turn into a good hard shell that is custom tailored to the size of the eggs. I'm very early in the R&D, but I thought it would be nice to bounce the idea off a few of yall and see if anyone has tried this or wants to give it a shot. Post your progress if you make any.

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:29 am
by sudden
You could also try a couple of those plastic easter eggs that hold candy. They should handle any size egg but would need a little bit of stuffing to keep the egg from rolling around inside.

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:51 am
by realityguy
You could pop part of the cardboard holder that holds eggs into a plastic cottage cheese,yogurt container or "eating" container(ziploc container,whatever)..for also mixing,eating the eggs(dual purpose).Any breakage or spillage renders them as still usable when you get to your destination of cooking because it is sealed.
If you are going to make something..make sure it is spillproof..or throw the container in a ziploc bag before putting it in your pack.
I figure I can throw 3-4 eggs in a container and pack them with paper towels or other disposable(burnable)packing material I can use when I cook them.I can also vacuum pack each egg into it's own small bag...ala foodsaver.if it breaks,no loss..unless I wanted it hard boiled..then it gets poached instead..in the bag. :lol:

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:45 pm
by Coconut Andy
sudden wrote:You could also try a couple of those plastic easter eggs that hold candy. They should handle any size egg but would need a little bit of stuffing to keep the egg from rolling around inside.
Thats a good idea. I was more thinking about carrying a half a dozen to a dozen eggs at a time, but on a short trip where only a few eggs are needed, that would be perfect.

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:54 pm
by Coconut Andy
realityguy wrote:You could pop part of the cardboard holder that holds eggs into a plastic cottage cheese,yogurt container or "eating" container(ziploc container,whatever)..for also mixing,eating the eggs(dual purpose).Any breakage or spillage renders them as still usable when you get to your destination of cooking because it is sealed.
If you are going to make something..make sure it is spillproof..or throw the container in a ziploc bag before putting it in your pack.
I figure I can throw 3-4 eggs in a container and pack them with paper towels or other disposable(burnable)packing material I can use when I cook them.I can also vacuum pack each egg into it's own small bag...ala foodsaver.if it breaks,no loss..unless I wanted it hard boiled..then it gets poached instead..in the bag. :lol:
I'm all in favor of the spillproof design. This application would definitely need to be in its own sealed bag in order to be safe with your other gear. My main concern was protecting the eggs so there wouldn't be a spill, but now my concern has shifted to weight. JB Weld adds several ounces to an already heavy food. I guess that is the tradeoff for people who choose to hike with fresh eggs though. Worth every ounce in my book.

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:52 pm
by realityguy
Maybe some ziplocs(or vacpac) around the eggs(each) and the padding outside of that would be the best idea..breakage would still be okay except for pulling some shell pieces out of the whites and yolks if needed.The padding wouldn't soak up the eggs that way.Make the vacpac slightly large and cut a corner off to allow the air in for hardboiling if they are intact..or maybe cut the entire top off the "eggbag" and a small wire hook that holds the top up and over the lip of a pot..if you wanna cook them in the bag..sorry..just doin' more thinkin'.. :roll:
Of course there's always omelettes,scrambled or over-easy..depending on how they get there...AS LONG AS THEY GET THERE!

:lol:

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:20 pm
by cadyak
I like your idea Andy. I am going to try something like that. Maybe spray foam?

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:28 pm
by Ridgerunner
I think it would be easier to just buy smaller eggs :lol: for the plastic containers that also come in half doz. size and I think I have seen a 4 ct. size. ;)

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:11 pm
by zelph
Find a store that sells eggs in the paper cartons. They are much stronger than the foam cartons. Buy the extra large brown eggs. They are the strongest. Goose eggs are the champions of eggs, get those and try them. Much better tasting than chicken eggs. I like eggs :D

Trans port eggs in a tube/tubes 3 eggs per tube. 3 eggs required for 1 meal. Protein is good for us, I like eggs. Use sturdy mailing tubes. Eggs are fragile when their sides are pressed. Try breaking an egg lengthwise(top to bottom) in the palm of your hands. It's very, very hard to do. Most folks can't do it.

Re: New idea for safely transporting eggs on the trail

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:55 pm
by realityguy
We have friends that have chickens and their eggshells are harder than store bought ones..must be their feed..