Goff Greengate Farm Egg Shells
Egg shells: When you eat and enjoy farm fresh, pastured eggs as much as we do, you realize quickly that all those egg shells can really pile up! But don’t worry. They aren’t just another thing to throw in the trash. Those eggs shells are chock FULL of good nutrients to use around your place!
1. Egg shells crushed and placed around the base of your garden plants and flowers can really deter slugs!
2. Houseplants needing a boost? Just soak eggs shells in water to use on those little green beauties. Keep them handy by always having a jar ready to go…
3. Got chickens? Feed crushed shells to them. They love them and need the calcium to produce more high quality eggs shells of their own!
4. Did you know you can use that thin little membrane inside the shell as a first-aid bandage? The protein really promotes healing and as it dries, it will draw out impurities like infections, etc.
5. Dull blender blades? Just toss some shells with some water into your blender and blend away to a razor finish.
6. Compost much? Add them to your pile and the calcium from the shells will beef up your compost for next spring.
7. No compost pile? Just crush them and put them directly in your garden’s soil.
8. Now this is a new one even to me… are you a coffee drinker? Well, I guess you can put your shells in your grinds and brew your coffee right through them to add calcium to your diet. Hmmmm. Like I said, I’ve not done this one myself, so there are no guarantees of your coffee’s taste from this blogger…
9. Ever suffered with your tomatoes through a gardening season of blossom-end rot? It’s no fun… and perfectly preventable. It’s caused by not enough calcium in the tomato plant. Try putting some shells in with your tomatoes when you plant your garden this year. And then wait and see how beautiful those plants get!
10. While we’re talking gardens… you might want to use those rinsed-out little egg shell cups to start some seedlings this year.
11. Garbage disposal getting a little gunky? Toss some egg shells down to do some scrubbing for you.
12. Well, um. Eat them. No, really, you can. I mean, many people will pop a calcium supplement in pill form with who-knows-what in the ingredient list. You can crush and even make a powder out of your own high-quality Goff Greengate Farm egg shells!
13. Kids love sidewalk chalk, but you don’t have to buy it at the store anymore… not if you have egg shells on hand. Finely grind 5-8 egg shells and mix in 1 tsp of HOT water along with 1 tsp of flour and color with food coloring or natural colors as desired. Pack into toilet paper rolls or cut down paper towel rolls and let dry and firm up. A fun project for the kids too!
14. Continuing on the kid fun theme… arts and crafts can take on a whole new meaning when you use crushed shell to add texture to your pieces of fine art!
15. We’ve been making a lot of chicken broths and stocks lately out here. We always add the usual onion, celery, carrot, and garlic, but you can also add those eggs shells (strain out later) to increase the calcium content of your Goff Greengate Farm poultry broth and stocks!
16. And because they have soooooooo many uses, remember to keep them… even freeze them, so they’re always ready and on-hand to help you with your next task around your place this year!
*Always be cautious when feeding or reusing eggs shells around your home and animals. Be sure they’re clean and from a local farm implementing healthy and sustainable practices. Those large-scale factory egg shells are not only lesser in nutritional value, but they also carry and harbor nasty little bacteria and other harmful substances.