keep your empty egg shells!!

Keep your egg shells=full of calcium - People don't know it but the egg shell is full of calcium and is very good to grind them up..let them dry out first, then add them to your food, salads, for cats and dogs or any animal and plants
Canada
February 16, 2009 2:09pm CST
We crack open egg shells and throw them out without giving it a second thought. But do you know that egg shells are full of calcium? What you do is le them dry, then put them in your coffee grinder. Then add the ground up egg shells to your salads, in your cats or dog food, in your plants.
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@sandymay48 (2031)
• Canada
16 Feb 09
I did know this. When i was younger, a salesman came to our house to demonstrate this new mixer and blender. He told us how egg shells were full of calcium and showed us how to make delicious healthy milkshakes, throwing in the entire egg!!...At first I thought it would be gross but after tasting a chocolate milkshake made with eggshells and all, it was delicious. It became my excuse to my mom as to why I needed a chocolate milkshake..."but mom, I think my calcium is low today!!!"
• Canada
16 Feb 09
hahahha..that is really cute for an excuse!!! Did she bite! Or rather swallow that excuse hehehe. Yes, when I think of the millions of egg shells thrown away that would be great for many uses.
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
hahahha..real funny..a real yolk hehehe. Good thing you are not an egg..cause you end up in my coffee grinder hahahaha..
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
Just dont forget to add the coffee beans, and later a little hot water, cream and sugar and I will be just fine!!..hahaha
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• Netherlands
17 Feb 09
Thanks for the tip, I have never heard of this but I just may give it a try. I Never throw away my empty egg shells anyway as they are perfect for keeping the blades in your garbage disposal sharp! ;)
• Canada
17 Feb 09
Humm I didn't know that..how do the egg shells in anyway keep the blades sharp if they are grinded to a pulp lolllllllll.
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• Netherlands
18 Feb 09
Because they start out whole and sharp and while they are taking the time to grind to a pulp the sharp edges of the egg shells hit the blades thus working like a knife sharper...ice cubes will do the same thing. ;)
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• Canada
6 Mar 09
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
16 Feb 09
hello dancingredfeather ewww, i do not know about consuming the egg shell itself like that. they taste pretty nasty, don't they? lol and i sure wouldn't want any egg shells in my fresh tossed salads. gross. and i do not care if the egg shells would be run through the coffee grinder or not, i will pass on eating the egg shells like that. and i do not even know if my dog would eat them or not. she doesn't like fried eggs or raw eggs, but she will eat a scrambled egg with cheese on it thou. but the egg shells might be good outside for the plants. that would be the only use that i would have for an egg shell like that. take care and have a beautiful afternoon.
• Canada
16 Feb 09
You didn't read my dear..hahahah..I said to pass them in a coffee grinder or blender..this way they turn into a fine powder and doesn't taste anything, actually they take the taste of the salade. Of course your dog would eat it as its in powder form and put in the meat..wouldn't taste. My cats gobble up their meal and haven't turned up their nose to their cat salad. lol..
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
17 Feb 09
yes i read your post honey, i said that i didn't care if it was run through the grinder or not. lol i just do not know about eating egg shells, if i didn't know that i was eating them, then somebody told me, now that would be a different story.
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
well my dear..read hahaha what you buy and I think the egg shells are more appetizing than all the chemicals put to preserve and give taste to the food. hahahah. It becomes a powder and you can't even taste it as the powder takes the taste of the food. I rather someone tell me that its powdered egg shells than when one day I was eating at a friend from pakistan's place and just loved those round balls..until he told me they were FRIED GOATS EYES...whaaaaaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkkk hahah
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
Hah! Mother..I see you talking about your famous egg shells..lol.. Yah..my Mother always made sure we didn't throw out the egg shells and put the grounded egg shells into everything..even in our cereal hahaha. She always recycled everything and all went into the garden. She also watched what she bought. She doesn't believe in plastic containers as she said they don't dientigrate and are a harm to Nature. So she bought always glass jars and re-used them to store left overs etc. she bought not just any jar either. She loved to buy the ones that had a design or red tops..her fav. color. Paper was rolled up to make logs and burnt in the fire place and we kept some also for when we would go camping to start a fire. She was way ahead of her time in many areas..she even invented putting soap and softner together in the wash because she didn,t have time to run back and forth..unfortunately she talked to someone in the business and got her idea stolen. Same thing with a song. But she never holds a grudge and says..well, God knows and they will pay the price..lollll..and moved on. You want to know something you ask her..she probably knows it hahaha and if she doesn,t she will find out about it for you. The house was always filled with my friends..for me? Nope..my mom hahah..some even asked if they could move in hahaha.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
17 Feb 09
What about the bacterial problems from raw eggs? Plants are one thing. But I don't think eating them is advisable. I've also heard that you need to use them sparingly around plants as too much calcium can actually "burn" a plant sometimes.
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
first of all..you are not eating the yolk..therefore it isn't raw. secondly, it is pure natural calcium and won't burn the plants. It isn't man-maide chemicals. I have been doing this since forever and never have I ever had a burnt plant. You don't fill the pot with it..hahaha. and I never heard of egg shells that you powder and feed plants, animals and humans do any harm. Where did you get the idea that egg shells are raw? Only the yolk is. lol. My cats and I eat it and we have no health problems, I would be more worried eating a Big Mac, or hot dogs or pork or chicken or or or..so am not worried about egg shells..trust me..lol
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
17 Feb 09
No , the shells are not raw but the inside of the shell is wet from the raw egg. There are two sides to a shell, of course. The white is raw as well as the yolk. I'm not sure where I heard that about the calcium being too concentrated for some plants. I had always heard about the practice of grinding shells and feeding them to plants but I believe I heard a warning on a gardening show about not mixing it in enough with the soil. I think it may have been when people use it in their compost. I had a neighbor who was a fisherman. When he finished cleaning his fish, he would often bury the discarded parts around his maple trees. He said that it was good fertilizer. I have no idea if that was true or not! Have you heard of that before? He's the only guy I know who did it. His trees looked no worse for the wear! haha
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
My dear re=read my post.. I did say let them DRY OUT..put them in a jar and as it fills up I crush them until none can fit in anymore and I don't put the lid on it. You can bury anything in the ground and it is good compost. When animals in the forest die..it only goes back to where it came from..dust. Nothing is left but the bones. As for the fisherman he put the bones of the fish and the insides..the bones will last longer heheh but a very good source of calcium and of course the trees loved getting that nutrition. All the wild animals killed on the road are put in a compost pile and sold..so your compost u might buy may be mixed with all kinds of wild animals.. People don't think of that..but I watched it on t.v. Dirty Jobs.
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@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
17 Feb 09
Are the grinded shells good for all plants? I have no garden but I do have a lot of potted indoor plants and I'm wondering if they would benefit too.
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
ABSOLUTELY! Grt 4 indoor plants. When you break your eggs..put the shell in a jar and let it dry..I fill up the jar by crushing them down until I can't no more then later I grind them to powder. I feed my plants, my cats, myself. I mix in dry food for the cats outdoors and they come back for more..I notice that the food disappears even faster. I make cat salads and did one today and put in it and they gobbled up everything. I also put a teaspoon once a week in their water. If I cook soups I also put some in there. I will take a teaspoon and mix it in water and drink it.
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@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
17 Feb 09
Oh great! I will try using them on my pot plants then. Hope it does not make them grow too fast though as my apartment is small - don't want to get pushed out if they start taking over Thanks for this tip and I will definately not throw any more shells away from now on!
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
eheheh no they won't make them grow too fast..just put a tblspoon put in warm water and swish around ..then feed your plants with the water. I always mix 3 tblespoons when I repot or buy new plants ones I put some at the bottom of the pot and on the top I make holes in the earth and fill it with the egg shell powder then cover and water. Everytime I water my plants I do that and people always ask me how do I keep my plants so beautiful..I say..lots of love and nutrients. When I buy sardines I crush also the backbone into powder and put that in too. Once a week I also take a tablespoon of white vinegar and put it in my water feeder and feed it to the plants, it kills bacteria and keeps them from rotting. In my plants that are only in water and shells..once a month I put a capful of peroxide and boy are they beautiful. When I wash my whites, I put in a cup of peroxide..when the rinse cycle comes then I re rince to put my softner. I have beautiful white clothes and a disinfected washer..hehehe. I also put a cup of perxoide or epsom salts when I take a bath or do a foot bath. Back to egg shells..What I do when I break the eggs is pass my fingerin the egg shells and put it on my face..around my eyes and lips especially. Then I wait until its really dry and sponge off then I cream.. little inexpensive tips..lol
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@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Never heard of giving them to your pets but I have heard of putting them in your plants. I have actually done that before. Not that much is in my garden right now but I think or hope that its making my plants grow better b/c of the peelings and things I put in my garden.
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
Being a native, we know what to do and what we can feed our animals with and ourselves lol..I eat it too, less expensive than buying calcium and chemical free. I do put a little vinegar in the jar once they are dry with water to wash them out and then let them dry out..then I grind them to a powder. You would be surprised all that is put in our food that is used. lol My can't won't eat hotdogs and I don't either.
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• United States
17 Feb 09
that is so interesting i will have to give it a try, thanks!
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
You are welcome and so happy that this discussion was of great interest to all. I sure didn't expect it and I get more on the egg shells than on my discussion on God..lolllll.
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I did know about adding them to your plants....I do that and the plants love it. I also have a pitcher of water that I add them to for watering the plants. Thanks for the tips!
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
Your welcome and my pleasure that my tips are of help
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• United States
16 Feb 09
Interesting ideas. I have used them in the garden before along with coffee grounds but will give them a try in my house plants as well. Thanks much!!
• Canada
16 Feb 09
I'm sure there are many things we can do with egg shells..Your welcome
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
16 Feb 09
I have not added them to my salad but have added them to soil. It does work.
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• Canada
16 Feb 09
Yes sure does..
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• United States
16 Feb 09
interesting tip! i've never heard that before, but i'll have to give it a try! thanks!
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• Canada
16 Feb 09
Your very welcome. I never thought my idea about keeping the egg shells discussion would draw such interest. It's great to see that people are interested in recycling.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 09
That's a great idea. I always throw my eggshells for I thought it's a trash. Thank you very much for giving me this new idea for it will definitely give more nutrients to my plants and soil. have a nice day.
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• Canada
16 Feb 09
Great..your plants will love you for it!
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• United States
16 Feb 09
That is really interesting, a good way to recycle things I suppose hehe. I would go for putting it in my garden though, I love to garden so any of those little tips are great for getting a good harvest in the fall. I do not think that I would ever consume these eggshells though, especially not in a salad hehe, that would just be kind of odd to eat, even if they are ground up, I will pass hehe. Well anyways, thanks for the tip, happy mylotting, and have a great day!
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• Canada
16 Feb 09
Once they are in a powder form it's edible and fantastique way to get your animals some pure calcium. Your welcome sugerplum :)
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@carolscash (9501)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I never heard of this but I may have to try it. I wonder if it will help our garden that we intend to have this summer. I will ask my husband about it. Of course, I don't have a coffee grinder but anyway.
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• Canada
16 Feb 09
absolutely!.. well u can just crush them if it's for the soil..I put in a coffee grinder cause I don't have a blender and I want them in powder form.
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@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I have a plant that needs a lot of help. I think that I will try it in my plants to see how it does. Thanks for tips.
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• Canada
16 Feb 09
Your welcome, your plants will love you for it..:)
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@williamjisir (22905)
• China
6 Mar 09
egg shell - egg shell is rich in calcium, which is interesting to know.
Hello DRF. Thank you for the discussion about this topic. I did not notice the calcium in the egg shells that is edible. I am very glad to know the useful information about egg shells. Well, I once used egg shells and broke them into pieces together with some white vinegar added in a thermos bottle to get rid of the stuff stored inside. Then I added some water into it. It really helps a lot to make the thermos bottle clean once again. Thank you for sharing the information, friend.
• Canada
6 Mar 09
Actually my dear its the vinegar that made your thermos so nice and clean..not the egg shells..they have no cleaning agent in them at all.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
Every time my mother cooked breakfast in the morning. She would not throw away the eggs shell in the garbage can. Instead you will find it in the plants. She has lots of plants and eggshell is a big help to her, to keep her plants healthy.
• Canada
6 Mar 09
That is great..what is good is also to bake the egg shells and then grind them up..
@zabawaus (1732)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Wow it is a great tip, I will use them either in my dog food and in my plants thank you very ,much DancingRedFeather have a great day!
• Canada
5 Mar 09
Happy that you like my tip on egg shells. You can also use it in your food, salads etc..
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@rainmark (4306)
17 Feb 09
That's a very GREEN idea, brilliant, but we don't have pets around the house and i don't have that much plants but maybe my inlaw is interested with my egg shell for her plants on the allotment. happy posting.
• Canada
17 Feb 09
Yes it is. I feed the strays outside so they get it too and I also put in the wildflowers outside. I prefer grinding them into powder as it mixes and gets into the plant much quicker. I even drink it..I put some in juices and I also put some in my cats water.