Archive for February, 2012


Jessica Burton has been on a placement at the museum and wrote this blog on a 70 year old tin of eggs.

When it comes to eggs, nowadays we prefer them fresh, from chickens that have spent their lives running free in a grassy field on a jolly farmer’s farm. What you don’t imagine them to be is dried, whole eggs that have been powdered inside a tin. But what if that’s the only form there is? 

 World War II took rationing to a whole new level in Great Britain and with eggs being one of many foods being rationed, the appearance of reconstituted eggs made an appearance. The 70 year old tin of these eggs that I’m currently holding was supplied by the USA . Weighing 5oz and probably containing the equivalent of 12 eggs, your probably wondering what is difference between modern day powdered eggs and this?

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

 Well, if I’m honest I couldn’t tell you. I only like my eggs 3 ways; scrambled, fried (without a runny yolk thank you) and in some form of batter or cake mix. Any other way and I have no interest in having any, so it’s probably safe to say I would have had a grumbly tummy on egg night. Here is how they advise you, on how to prepare them:

 ‘One level tablespoon dried egg with two tablespoons water equals one egg. Put the dried egg into a clean bowl, add the water and mix until smooth. Work out lumps with a spoon against the side of the bowl. Whip slightly with a fork or whisk. Suitable for making scrambled eggs, omelets and for use in all cooked recipes which normally require fresh eggs. This egg must be used immediately after mixing.’

 It would be interesting to know how they do compare to real eggs. So if there is any of you who have been or are brave enough to try powdered eggs, not this 70 year old tin of them of course, then let us know how they compare to the real deal, by leaving a comment, it would be egg-solutely fascinating to know.


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