Eggshell Calcium Supplement Powder

January 05, 2018

We are all about reducing, reusing and recycling as rustic minimalists so when we have the opportunity to reuse something around our urban homestead, we take it! Today, it's eggshells!

There are so many ways to reuse eggshells around the garden and home, from adding to your compost, to keep garden pests away and even creating your own calcium supplement. Eggshells are full of micro nutrients and calcium.

And, because we feed our dog a raw diet and he needs a calcium supplement, we make our own from eggshells. Sure we could give Lobo a raw egg with a shell but I also want to use these eggshells to amend my garden, and they take up less room when they are blended into a powder!

How to make Eggshell Calcium Supplement Powder

Step with a * is only required if humans will be ingesting the calcium powder!

COLLECT | If you are using grocery store eggs, chances are these eggshells will be deficient in micro nutrients because of commercial farming practices so try to get your eggs from a local farmer, farmers market, or any of your super cool chicken friends (eh hem, Amanda, Krista and LeeAnne). If you are using this powder for human consumption, keep your used eggshells in the fridge. If you are going to use this in the dirt, throw'em in a bowl out of the way!

*CLEAN | When you have enough eggshells or don't have enough room for more, put them in a pot of water and boil them for 10 minutes to kill any unwanted pathogens. Remove from water (this water is now rich in nutrients, cool it and water your houseplants!) and place on a cookie sheet in the oven at 175 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes to dehydrate.

Store in an air tight jar!
GRIND | Once the eggshells are dry place them in your blender and grind until you have created a fine powder. Store in an air tight jar!

USE | 1 teaspoon of eggshell powder is all you would need in a day in addition to what you are getting in your diet. You could add it to your smoothies, to your garden or like us, to your dog's raw diet! As always, talk to your doctor about adding supplements to your diet!

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