This article will let you see the reason why you should never throw away the eggshells again! When you are preparing an omelette, you will probably have at least four eggshells left over! Several people usually throw these into the bin immediately, but indeed it is a real waste. Egg shells are super versatile! Are you aware that eggshells consist of 90% pure calcium? There is no other food that contains as much calcium as this. The human body needs a lot of calcium, as our bones and teeth, as well as our nerves and muscles, rely on it.
Finding an eggshell in your dinner is never fun, but are you aware that these annoying shells are actually very versatile? We wouldn’t recommend cooking with them actually, but there is a legion of other things you can use them for!
There is a lot of debate about if eggshells are really as healthy for us as has been claimed. However it may be, eggshells are supposed to be very healthy too. The National Institute of Health has done several researches on ground eggshells powder. Apparently, this powder can be absorbed by the human body very well and it has many positive results. Since eggshells contain heaps of calcium, it strengthens our bones and it produces healthy blood cells. Also, it will help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Half a teaspoon of ground eggshell contains 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium which is 90 percent of our daily need.
Removing burned-on food
Having a freak out over burned-on food at the bottom of your frying pan (or other pots and pans) will be a thing of the past when you know about this eggshell trick! Crumble some eggshells into the pan in question. Add some salt and hot water, scrub with a sponge and your pan will be clean as can be once more.
Sharpening the knives of your blender
Using a whetstone to sharpen the knives of your blender is pretty much impossible; you will never get a good angle. Fortunately, this problem is easily fixed. Put a few eggshells into the freezer for half an hour and then put them into your blender. You can now add some water and turn the blender on. Your knives will be as good as new!
Using it as fertilizer
Eggshells are full of lime, which has the potential of really benefiting your plants. Dry the shells and pulverize or ground them as small as possible. Keep this in a jar and take it out when you need it. You can also mix the pulverized shells with some potting soil and deposit it right there where your ground can do with some fertilizing.
Eggshells are healthy, at least according to the National Institute of Health. Does that mean we are about to blend our eggshells and eat the powder? Well, yes and no. We don’t recommend eating eggshells straight-up. But, by blending them in a food processor to a fine powder, you can easily spoon some extra calcium through your dishes. This is how you know it is safe to eat your eggshells:
· In case your eggs haven’t been cooked: cook the eggshells for ten minutes to kill the potential dangerous bacteria.
· Let the eggshells cool and grind them to a fine powder in a food processor, coffee milt or salt grinder.
· Keep the eggshells in an airtight container.
The easiest way to eat eggshells is to add half a teaspoon to a glass of water. However, this probably doesn’t taste very nice. That is why you could experiment adding a little to your smoothie or porridge.
Should incase eggshell water doesn’t sound appetizing to you, you might want to try adding some of the powder to your coffee. Also, in addition to the fact you will consume more calcium, it makes your coffee taste better. Ground eggshell will make the coffee less bitter and a lot smoother. Kindly ensure your eggshells are boiled to kill all bacteria. If you want to make sure that all bacteria are killed, put the eggshells on a baking sheet and bake them on 180 degrees for about ten minutes. Then put half a teaspoon in your coffee or sprinkle some in your filter if you are drinking filter coffee. It is amazing!
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