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Old 11-26-2015, 10:32 AM   #29
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Sometimes I get my eggs straight from the chicken, the rest of the time from the supermarket. I've noticed no difference in how they keep and how I feel after tucking into a breakfast of scrambled eggs. I don't know, maybe death is right around the corner?

I wouldn't recommend letting them sit in 100 degree heat for weeks and then eating them, but your basic room temperature and below seems like NBD.

(maybe this will become the next "but they do it in europe!!" great debate)
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Old 11-26-2015, 10:54 AM   #30
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There is a lot of disagreement on that, especially if you are using store bought eggs and/or those that have been previously refrigerated.

Here's a few links:


Here's why you have to refrigerate eggs in the U.S. but not in Europe - LA Times

Why Europeans Don't Refrigerate Eggs - Business Insider

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't : The Salt : NPR

Soooo, unless you get your eggs right out of the chicken........
As mentioned in the articles, it's not about the eggs, but all about how the eggs are processed before the consumer gets them.

I will still take the FDA's and sound medical advice over singular examples.
My Dad never wore a safety belt, but that didn't make that a good idea either.

And there is no debate, facts is facts this time.
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:25 PM   #32
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The Europeans have a lower speed limit for chickens and eggs!

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I admit, I didn't read the links, but I do agree, here in the US it's not as cut and dried. The problem, as I understand it, is that the consumers here in the US insist on blemish free food stuffs, so eggs meant for sale here are washed prior to packaging. It is the washing process that removes the natural protective film on the outside of the egg shells, thus making them permeable to air and water, and thus bacteria. Get farm fresh eggs (like I always use, but I live in a small town, rural area) and you can keep them at room temperature without problem. Generally an unwashed egg will let you know if it's gone bad as soon as you crack it.

Also, hard boil, even store bought eggs will last several days without problem, just keep them in a moderately cool area.
It doesn't have anything to do with how Americans like their eggs to look. In Europe they require that all laying chickens be vaccinated and in the US they don't. This mandates a different process to assure that the eggs are salmonella free when they go to market. It's in the links.
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Cowboys didnt take along anything but salt and pepper for their beef.
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Finally, a tip that matches the OP thread topic. I saw this post title and thought.. Oh Boy... This will be a fun thread... I was expecting that ppl would share their ideas about off the grid tricks and tips, and all I read until this post, was I walked 10 miles in the show to school... gibberish. Sorry, don't mean to sound negative or sound mean spirited, but this thread swerved clear off topic and into the ditch. LOL

OK, getting back on track... If you are boon docking or off grid camping and want a shower.. an actual shower, you can buy one of those Solar black water blatter showers, and hang it outside, in warmer whether of course, and shower using the sun to heat your water..

Viking Nature Solar Camping Shower Bag

If it's too cold for the outdoors, then heat water in a basin like was mentioned and take a sponge bath. Paper towels work great for this... plus you can save the paper towels to use later to start a campfire.

Oh, and if you're showing outdoors, you might want something like this to ward off those scary old bears that might be curious why a naked human would stand under a sprinkler..

Aerosol Air Horn

Also, if you can afford it, buy one of those catalytic heaters that run off propane to keep warm..

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater

Here are some starter tips and tricks that most already know. Anyone else have ideas for off the grid comfort and peace of mind...

And sorry if my post sounded negative or ranting... I just wanted to try and get this back on course...




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If you have ever dry camped in a tent during Winter in Minnesota
( Temps in the -20 below range) ,where your eggs came from is the least of your worries. Staying warm is your main concern.
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Cowboys didnt take along anything but salt and pepper for their beef.
*Mongolian* cowboys didn't even need that. Stick your slab of meat under your horse's saddle, and then ride all day. Boom, ready to cook.
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If you use the search function there are several recent and extensive threads on the question of sawdust, waste-in-a-bag and composting toilets.


There are any number of filtered water dispensing stations at most Wal-Marts and other major stores, at least on the west coast anyway. Wal-Mart sells several sizes of water jugs, including the 5 gallon size.


And for the off-grid, alternative lifestyle, in the lower 48, be sure to check out "Slab City" in CA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slab_City and here: Slab City is, umm, different. Very different.


If interested further be sure to Google '"Slab City" for a fuller picture.
We went out there a few years back and two nights was enough for us, but others have lived there for years.
Hi,
I am glad to know Walmart will sell water, (even if I have to go inside for it.)

Although I do not think Slab city is necessarily like the Fairbanks dry cabin community other than being off grid, from what I understand of it. As rudimentary as my understanding is the contradicting difference is Fairbanks dry cabin folks live with the land in a mutual way and the Slab city folks just live on it with no regard for its well being. Then again it could be due to the different environments. Also, anyone can go to Slab city versus the Interior is going to take a lot longer to get to.

Jen

edit: dry cabin link http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/ho...y-you-want-to/

Slab city link: http://content.time.com/time/nation/...105597,00.html
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*Mongolian* cowboys didn't even need that. Stick your slab of meat under your horse's saddle, and then ride all day. Boom, ready to cook.

Maybe Not.... A Clip from the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/06/di...rses.html?_r=0

"But as with many good tales, a little research suggests it's not true: "The Cambridge Medieval History" of 1924 says the story was started by early chroniclers who saw Mongol horsemen putting thin slices of raw meat beneath their saddles, but that the meat was meant to help heal the horses' sores rather than fill the men's stomachs. The book notes that the meat would have been impregnated with sweat and uneatable by the end of the day."

When Judith and I when to Europe and the USSR in 1970, our last meal before flying back, was at a pension outside Brussels where the special that night was Steak Tartare, raw egg on top and all. For all I know it's still sitting on the table.... Not for us after what we had eaten for the previous month in Soviet Restaurants. Fine cuisine wasn't their strong point.

About inflation and holding value....
An old Russian Ruble (RUR) cost $1.35 USD in 1970, with official exchange only. In 1998, the New Ruble (RUB ) replaced the RUR at an exchange rate of 1000 RUR to 1 RUB. Today 66 Ruble (RUB ) = 1 USD

Today it would take 66,000 old Rubles, that cost $1.35 each in 1970, to equal 1 USD or 10,000 old Rubles, that cost $13,500 in 1970 is now worth $.15 USD

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Back to the original topic....I saw a vintage trailer that had a tub built into it on one side of the dinette. You just lifted the cushions off and filled it with hot water and voila...bath time. It drained out through the floor and was really cool. No bailing.


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Back to the original topic....I saw a vintage trailer that had a tub built into it on one side of the dinette. You just lifted the cushions off and filled it with hot water and voila...bath time. It drained out through the floor and was really cool. No bailing.


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Well, so much for that idea in 2015.
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If you have ever dry camped in a tent during Winter in Minnesota
( Temps in the -20 below range) ,where your eggs came from is the least of your worries. Staying warm is your main concern.
So share how you stay warm, Steve. I've camped in my trailer in 0*F temps. What's your tip for staying warm?
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