Take Your Farm Fresh Eggs to the Next Level!
If you have raised chickens, you learn quickly the different ways to cook and preserve your eggs. There is nothing better than a simple scrambled farm fresh egg in the morning, but it’s such a blessing when you have a fridge full of eggs from your own flock to try different recipes with! We have both duck and chicken eggs, so I spent a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen with the eggs.
Recently we acquired a smoker for next to nothing, and are pretty excited with the new addition. Smoking is something we have been really wanting to try, so when the opportunity came up, we jumped on board. It’s not a huge smoker, but it’s perfect for our adventures.
To test out the smoker, we decided to try smoked eggs. Many people will smoke eggs after smoking meat, etc. We wanted to test out the smoker first, so we fired up the smoker just for the eggs. In the future, we will definitely be sure to smoke more in the smoker, than just the eggs. Smoking eggs is a lot easier than I thought. For our test, we smoked chicken eggs, both bantam and standard size, and some duck eggs.
To get started, you want to start your charcoal fire (per the instructions of your smoker), and allow the smoker to come to the proper temperature. For smoking eggs, you will want the temperature to be around 225 degrees Fahrenheit. While the smoker was heating up, I make sure our eggs were clean and ready to go. For smoking eggs, be sure the eggs are clean, and not cracked in any way. You don’t want a mess in your smoker. Some people like to pre-cook their eggs for smoking, we are cooking and smoking our eggs at the same time with this recipe.
When the smoker hit 225 degrees Fahrenheit, it was time to add the eggs. It’s good to place your eggs on the top rack of your smoker. Be sure to space them out evenly. Next, add the lid on the smoker, and let the awesome smoke do its work. For our smoked eggs, we used applewood with our charcoal. Applewood is a lighter flavor wood, good for poultry and fish recipes. Since this was our first time smoking eggs, we didn’t want to use any wood that was too overpowering.
When smoking eggs, there is a bit of a debate about how long to smoke your eggs. We found between 1-2 hours is good. If you smoke them for 2 hours you will have more strongly smoked eggs, but the texture will be a little firmer. At 1 hour, the eggs were cooked nicely, with just a touch of applewood taste. Every smoker is different, and everyone has different tastes, so I would suggest practicing and working with your smoker. With smoking, I’m learning that it takes patience and experimenting.
We decided 1 hour, 15 minutes was the perfect amount of time to smoke our eggs in our smoker. After you take your eggs off the smoker, you will want to put them into an ice water bath for 10 minutes to stop the cooking, then peel your eggs. You will be delightfully surprised by the taste of the eggs. The smoked duck eggs were our favorite! Add your smoked eggs to your favorite recipe or make deviled smoked eggs, YUM!
If there is one thing I’ve learned with our poultry keeping adventure is don’t be afraid to try new recipes, and I’m so glad we tried smoking eggs. What a great new way to enjoy our farm fresh eggs. Hopefully, I’ve given you some inspiration to try smoking some eggs of your own!