Asked on Jan 10, 2015

When I grind up my egg shells where can I store them until spring time

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I want to start saving my eggshells to grind for my garden but don't know where to store it until I get a sufficient amount.
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  • MaryStLouis MaryStLouis on Jan 10, 2015
    You can buy a small bag of peat moss and mix the shells into the bag, keeping the bag slightly open. Peat moss is stable and will be a great addition to your garden in the Spring.

  • Madonna-Jerry Neal Madonna-Jerry Neal on Jan 11, 2015
    Once dry they don't smell or draw bugs. Mine are just in a bucket under the sink, waiting. You cld store them in garage or anyplace really.

  • Carmie Carmie on Jan 11, 2015
    I put mine in a coffee can and put it in my deep freeze. Take them out in the spring mix with good dirt.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jan 11, 2015
    I'm with Madonna-Jerry. If you wash them well and let them dry, I think you could store them in just about any air-tight container. If you want to really be on the safe side, sterilize them by putting them on a cookie sheet and placing them in a 200°F oven for 30 minutes.

  • Ann Ann on Jan 11, 2015
    I let them dry, then crumble into a liter-size (or whatever works for you) jar I keep close to my food prep area. I've done this for years and have never had a smell or mold. They are ready to add to the garden when warm.

  • Cindy Spencer Cindy Spencer on Jan 11, 2015
    I put mine in a gallon zip lock baggie and later crush them while they are in the bag. I can then store them anywhere.

  • Kaytee Kaytee on Jan 11, 2015
    Why wait until Spring? If you can't put them in your garden, put them in the compost bin, or around potted plants. Gardening here is year-round, so "saving" eggshells isn't a problem. We don't even have all the leaves off the trees yet....

  • Mari Dots Mari Dots on Jan 11, 2015
    Douglas stole my thunder!! lol I will take egg shells and bake them for 45 minutes, like he said 200 degrees is plenty. Then cool them and roll with a rolling pin to crush them. I also feed them back to my chickens after baking and crushing. Otherwise I have to get them oyster shell to help them form good eggs. Once they're dried and crushed a zip lock baggie would be good to store them in. Least thats my theory. Good luck!

  • Diana Diana on Jan 11, 2015
    I keep mine in an open ice cream bucket in the garage. When it gets too full I smash them down to make room for more half shells to dry on top.

  • Joann Barry Joann Barry on Jan 11, 2015
    great ideas. I have found my crushed egg shells are amazing for geraniums. I crush them, boil them in a quart of water, let them cool. Then drain them into a jar or pot. They are then ready to pour onto your plants. Sit back and watch the great Big blooms start to show up on your plants. Lovely.

  • Jamoschini Jamoschini on Jan 12, 2015
    We just started saving eggshells,coffee grounds and vegetable leftovers for our compost pile. My son built a wooden box and put it in the back of the garden. We save enough to fill a large empty oatmeal container in the mudroom. It doesn't smell because it fills up fast. Then my son empties it into the compost box.

  • Betty Betty on Jan 14, 2015
    Before crushing, I like to let dry individually to avoid mold, then put in a zip lock and crush by hand or with a rolling pin depending on how many you crush at once. Also, i leave the bag open to allow continuous airflow and place the new eggshells on top, wait a day to dry and crush, etc. I hadn't heard of feeding my hens the shells, but certainly it makes sense; that I will try :-) Good luck!

  • Heidi Zator Heidi Zator on Jan 23, 2015
    Once the were dry I crushed them and put them in a closed jar in my shed. Recently I found a jar. It had been there for years, still good.

  • JD JD on May 28, 2015
    I Make alot of Deviled eggs. I put the bowl of shells right in the microwave for 1 to 2 min. and that dries and hardens them. Then I put them thru the blender to make a powder. They store in anything. And last a very long time, but like ?? said. Put them out as you have them.

  • Alton Alton on May 28, 2015
    Dry and run them through a spice grinder and keep in a peanut butter jar. Worms will eat them and make them even better and easer for plants to take up .

  • Jen Sparks-Millikan Jen Sparks-Millikan on Apr 27, 2019

    Eat them.. ! Grind them up in to a powder and add them to shakes !!!