Frank’s Fantastical Smoothie is about to get more fantastic because tonight I made made use of all our extra eggshells.
I’ve been meaning to bake this delicious recipe for butternut cupcakes for about a week, and I finally got to it!
The recipe calls for six eggs, which means I had plenty of shells left over for nourishing eggshell water.
You only want to use eggs that are from pastured local hens fed NON-GMO feed, so that you know where they’re coming from. These egg shells will then be rich in calcium and minerals—the perfect do-it-yourself supplement.
Nourishing Eggshell Water
Step 1: Rinse any remaining egg white out of the shell, but leave the membrane intact.
Step 2: Put the shells in a pot, and fill with water.
Step 3: Boil the eggshells for 5-10 minutes.
Step 4: Drain the water into a bowl or jar, and save it to add to things that you eat. The eggshell water is tasteless, so you can add it to anything. Like smoothies or any water you drink during the day.
It’s important to note that too much shouldn’t be consumed at once, as our bodies absorb calcium in small doses.
DIY Calcium Supplement
Step 1: Boil your eggshells.
Step 2: Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Step 3: Bake at 200˚F for 30-40 minutes, or until eggshells are very dry.
Step 4: Using a Vitamix or food processor, blend into a very fine powder.
Step 5: Store in an airtight container and add a teaspoon of the powder to just about anything!
Other ways to use your egg shells include:
- – Boil them along with your chicken stock.
- – Grind them and add some to your coffee grounds, which also cuts the acid in the coffee.
- – Crush them and throw them in your compost.
- – Follow this recipe to make bathtub scrub.
- – Feed them back to your chickens.
Whatever you decide to do, I love that using the egg shells means one less thing we waste and one more thing going towards our lifelong journey in good health. :)
I read once that our bodies aren’t actually equipped to absorb the calcium directly from the eggshell. Ever heard this?