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1964James
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05/28/2014 07:37AM
Many recipes call for eggs and I was wondering what everyone uses as a substitute? I do not want to bring in eggs for past the first morning. Are the eggs mainly a thickening agent?
 
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billconner
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05/28/2014 05:18PM
Many threads here on eggs. Many bring fresh eggs. I do - for a week or more. No problems. Mostly for fried or scrambled - not baking or cooking. Nothing like fresh bacon and eggs in the wilderness.

There are threads that imply that ova easy (???) is a pretty good powdered egg product. Hard to do over easy. :)
 
OldFingers57
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05/28/2014 06:04PM
quote billconner: "Many threads here on eggs. Many bring fresh eggs. I do - for a week or more. No problems. Mostly for fried or scrambled - not baking or cooking. Nothing like fresh bacon and eggs in the wilderness.


There are threads that imply that ova easy (???) is a pretty good powdered egg product. Hard to do over easy. :)"


If he is just using eggs in a recipe as opposed to the eggs being the main item. Then Ova Easy is good for it. I wouldn't eat them just plain.
 
SunnyDay
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05/28/2014 09:42PM
For baking with eggs we use "Just Whites" and add to the dry ingredients when packing up. It's 100% dried egg whites and found in my little grocery store in the baking aisle. I'll also use it when I run out of eggs and need some for a recipe at home. 2 teaspoons equals 1 egg white along with 2 Tablespoons of water. I usually use 4 teaspoons to equal 1 egg and add a little more water when mixing. Works fine for us.
 
jeroldharter
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05/28/2014 11:31PM
For short trips, just bring eggs - they keep.
For longer trips, there is one answer: Ova Easy
 
1964James
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05/29/2014 07:55AM
Thanks all. Will give these a try.
 
ynneb9
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05/29/2014 09:44AM
I have never brought in any type of eggs. If I were to bring in a few eggs for the first morning (day 2 morning)....what do I need to do with the eggs or can I just keep them in the shade and they will be fine???
 
billconner
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05/29/2014 07:01PM
I among others here carry fresh eggs for a week or more. Someone will say that isn't safe.
 
billconner
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05/29/2014 07:01PM
I among others here carry fresh eggs for a week or more. Someone will say that isn't safe.
 
sdebol
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05/30/2014 12:21PM
Another fan of OvaEasy egg crystals. We scramble them with real bacon bits mixed in. Fantastic!
 
CrookedPaddler1
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05/30/2014 12:25PM
I take farm fresh eggs and after they are gone, there are no eggs on the menu. After that is is granola, oatmeal, pancakes, etc for breakfast.

As far as backing goes, I have just dropped the egg out of any recipe and increased the amount of water just a bit to make up for the lack of egg. As long as you eat whatever was backed within the first couple of hours, won't be any issue with it crumbling. After that the egg would help to hold things together.
 
chadobmn
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06/08/2014 12:58PM
We freeze a carton of egg beaters and bring that in a small cooler. Works well.
 
unclewhoo
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07/08/2014 03:16PM
The Ova Easy powered eggs....when you add water does it thicken up? We use eggs to help batter our fish with seasoning. The thickness of the egg really helps keep the seasoning stick on the fish.
 
jeroldharter
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07/08/2014 03:40PM
Yes, you could use it for dredging fish. You might try some at home first to see what you think but it works fine.

 
07/09/2014 03:26AM
Like Chadobmn I freeze a couple of eggbeaters and put them in my BWJ insulated food pack [that way they act like ice] when they begin to thaw out it's scrambled eggs with rehydrated salsa on soft shells for breakfast.One box makes 5 wraps. Try the southwest style with fried summer sausage, onions and rehydrated peppers. Nice thing is only one pan and a spatula to wash. FRED
 
sirlips
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07/14/2014 03:09PM
Who here will say that fresh eggs wont keep? Thats just silly.

I wouldnt put washed eggs from the store out on a rock for 5 days before I eat them, but they will stay just fine for a week. Keep them in the cardboard container they come in, duct tape them under the canoe seat. no worries about them breaking. Each tripper can have an entire carton for the trip. when their eggs are gone, then they are gone. I think an 18 pack of eggs per person is plenty for a week long trip.

you can use them for a ton of other things that require only light powders, and other light ingredients... eggs, hashbrown bake, cake, cookies, fish batter, omlettes, salads, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritoes, skillet mashes (eggs, meat, veggies, each made to order), and so on...

The egg was made for BWCA trips. "Egg beater" type items are made for backpack/hiking trips.
 
jeroldharter
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07/14/2014 03:36PM
18 eggs per week seems mean spirited. I need at least 3 dozen to use my 5 pounds of lard and 20 lbs of flour. Just kidding around, but lugging around 3 dozen eggs per canoe seems like a lot compared to a few packs of Ova Easy. Much cheaper though, and there is the rub. Fresh eggs do keep and taste great.. The cardboard packs can be decent kindling too.
 
billconner
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07/14/2014 04:39PM


My favorite - somewhere on Crooked Lake one year.

(While I agree with sirlips on this issue generally, I'm sure my cardiologist does not think 18 eggs a week is good planning.)
 
AndySG
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10/05/2014 10:47AM

Tried the Ova Easy Crystals on my August WCPP trip. Mixed in some cheese and seasonings and had some awesome scrambled eggs. The crystals are very close to fresh eggs. Pricey? Yes, but light weight and no worries about spoilage or breakage.
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