Have you ever considered eating eggshells? No, you won’t get salmonella. Wash and dry your eggs. You can also sterilize them in a 100°C oven for half an hour. Turn the eggshells into fine powder, and store it in an airtight container.
When stored this way, eggshells last forever. This is a good trick to use, and it will help you get more calcium through your diet. Seems interesting, right? Give this a try.
We love eating eggs as they are abundant in protein, vitamins, minerals and other great stuff. Believe it or not, eggs are one of the most nutritious food on planet Earth. An average person eats about 150-200 eggs per year. We have a question for you. What happens with the eggshells?
If you just throw them in the trash, keep reading this article and learn how to use eggshells. Yes, these come really handy around the house.
Eggshells are 96% calcium carbonate crystals that are connected through proteins. They are commonly used as fertilizer due to their high calcium content. Eggshells are also part of animal feed for this reason. Need more ideas? Here’s how to use eggshells:
Adding eggshells to your compost is a nice way to boost the calcium content. Calcium may be a secondary nutrient for plants, but they will definitely like the added minerals, especially if your garden is full of tomatoes and peppers as they lack calcium.
2. Pest deterrent
Sprinkle crushed eggshells in your garden to stop slugs and snails from entering it. Their sensitive body won’t really cross the sharp shell.
3. Seed-starter pots
Eggshells are an incredible thing to use if you grow your plants from seeds. Remove the yolk and white by making a hole at the end of the egg. Add moist potting soil and your seeds. once the seedlings grow enough, transfer them into pots. Simple as that.
4. Bird feed
Mother birds need more calcium. Bake eggshells at 250°F / 120°C for 10 minutes so they can dry completely. You don’t want them brown! Crush the shells and place them outdoors. Combine the eggshells with birdseed, suet or mealworms. Every mama bird will be grateful!
5. Deer repellent
Are you lucky enough to have deer coming in your garden? Scatter your eggshells around and they will go away. Deer hate the scent of albumin and run away from pretty much everything that smells like raw eggs. Be careful, your eggy trick may attract rodents as they love eggs.
6. Aesthetic value
You never thought that eggshells will come handy, right? Well, clean and store enough eggshells to cover your garden. You read that right. Crush the eggshells and sprinkle them around your plants. Your plants will love the calcium, and your garden will look good. Oyster shells work great, too.