Quick Tip: Go boil an egg.

close up of a group of eggs

If you are a fan of a hard boiled eggs like me, then pay attention to this quick tip.  The next time you boil a dozen eggs, save the water and pour it on your garden and plants.  The water becomes enriched with calcium when the eggs are cooked.  Plus, why pour water down the sink when you can reuse it for something, right?

RIGHT!

 

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40 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Go boil an egg.

  1. You can also use this water for your coffee or tea, it cuts the acid and makes the beverage smoother to drink and easy on the stomach.

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    1. Thanks Lea! I’m glad this is a new tip for you. I always like learning new ways to be eco-friendly and it seems like you do too.

      Lauren

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  2. My great grandmother told me she reused all water whenever possible. Using wash water for her garden as well. She had 2 faucets in her kitchen, both were cold water directly from the well, with enameled basins under each one. She heated the water on a big cast iron wood burning stove.The fact that she made her own soaps,meant every thing in the water was natural,so would cause no damage, she also sprayed her garden with soapy water to keep the bugs away. It’s good to know others save water as well. I still remember her composting rules for gray water too.

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  3. Sounds great!! I add salt to my water when boiling eggs. Makes them easier to peel. Salty water would not be good for plants would it?

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  4. Great tip! Here’s another one. Make perfect boiled eggs and cut way back on your electricity used to cook them. Place eggs in pot. Cover completely with water. Bring to full boil. Cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 20 minutes. Perfect hard boiled eggs. 🙂

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  5. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve never done it, so I forgot about it, when I boiled eggs, last night! I don’t boil eggs all that often, so my plants could surely use it!

    I always fill my watering can with rainwater or with clean wastewater (like when I run the water to get it cold enough for a drink, or hot enough for the dishwasher).

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  6. I know someone who used the ‘boiled egg’ water to make his wife a cup of tea, apparently by what she called him, him and the neighbours will never make that mistake again!

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  7. Great tip, I usually share my used tea bags, and my banana peels too. I keep a kinda nursery box for plants out side my kitchen door. I put my coffee grounds on there too! So now I will water them with the eggs water also.

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  8. Coffee with egg shells? I’m all for recycling and reusing old stuff, but doesn’t your coffee taste like eggs then? I’ve never tried it, but I can only imagine. I’m not ‘knocking’ it before I try it, just wondering. btw – great tip Peggy for reducing gas/electricity. I’ll try that!

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  9. Love these tips! Boiled eggs yesterday & plan to give it a try! Does it work with houseplants also & for any type? Forgot about the coffee grounds, use to use them by sprinkling a few grounds on top of the dirt every so often & watered others with leftover coffee that I diluted a little more- do the tea bags work the same way- using grounds or just the liquid from straining them & how much tea to water ratio? How often do you use these methods & should plant fertilizer be used less often with any of them? Anxiously waiting your replies! My house plants are my babies & plan to have a small garden this year again finally! (Not been able to have one in years due to illness) very excited to once again care for & enjoy fresh picked veggies & herbs! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Hi Lori,

      These are great questions and if anyone has the answers please provide them below. I will do some research and post the answers as soon as I can. Thanks for visiting the site!

      -Lauren

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  10. If you plan to recycle water in the garden from cooking water, omit the use of salt in the water. To much salt in soil can stunt growth of plant life, cause dehydration and plant death. Also do not use cooking water with cooking oils on plants. This can turn dirt rancid and attract bugs. Other plant candy water is spinach and potatoe water. Hope this helps!

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  11. I used potato water on some plants before and they died afterward. What’s the chemistry with potato water? I would surely like to use it after I have boiled the potatoes. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Sondra,

      Potatoes are filled with many nutrients, potassium being the highest. The only problem I can see with using potato water on your plants is if you did not let it cool before pouring it over your plants or if you added salt to the water. I hope that helps!

      -Lauren

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  12. Hi Lauren,

    I just came across your post tonight because I used too much water to boil my eggs and I was checking to see if anyone else had some ideas. It’s night, so coffee is out. My garden is thriving. Besides, I was the one who was still hungry! So I reused the (already boiled!) water for ravioli….It worked beautifully and since the pasta already had eggs in it, the flavor wasn’t adversely affected at all. Probably the opposite! I imagine it would work for other pastas just as well. Thanks for all of the other comments too. I hope someone can duplicate my experiment and results!

    Rebecca

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  13. Here’s hoping none of you ever hear your grandparents speak of egg coffee. If you mix a beaten egg in with coffee grounds when you boil coffee over a fire it smooths out the acid taste. I used to do it that way all the time back in the day. And no, the coffee doesn’t taste like egg. Does a cake taste like egg? Does potato salad taste like egg? Do pancakes taste like egg? It’s all in your head. I doubt any of you ever have or ever will make coffee from scratch. Salt in the water? Now, what would your common sense tell you about watering your plants with it?

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  14. If you have an electric kettle (they’re awesome and come to a boil much faster than the stove, saving electricity), you can also cook eggs in those. Just pop an egg or two in before you start heating up the water. I do it all the time when I make tea.

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  15. On egg shells in coffee, A friend made me his Cowboy Coffee years ago using a percolating pot (remember those) with egg shells in with the coffee, in the basket. It was terrible and yes, it did taste
    eggy. I will still try the egg water on my French Press just to see if it is better than Cowboy Coffee. 😉

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  16. About using eggshells in coffee: The eggshells have to be REALLY CLEAN to avoid that eggy taste. For that you have to make sure all the membrane is cleaned off the eggshells before crushing them in with the coffee grounds. Just FYI.

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  17. Talk about nourishing plants, the next time you catch fish and clean them, take the fish heads and bury them about 4-5 inches out from your rose plants and about 5-6 inches deep. In the Spring, of course. Your rose bushes will bloom their hearts out all summer long. (I had to put paver stones over the buried heads as my few old fashioned rose plants were in the back yard where my dogs could dig up the feast.)

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  18. This may sound crazy, but my grandma told me to use egg water to make tea (or drink it straight) to relieve UTI pain. I have used it for my self and told a lot of my friends and it has worked for all
    of them so far!

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  19. I’m real very happy for an information and it will be helpful especially at this moment that i’m in preparations to write a proposal somewhere to address issues of malnutrition by introducing a homestead gardening.
    Thank you once again

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  20. As students we cooked our eggs in the electric kettle – it worked great but it did shorten the lifespan of the kettle element 😦

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  21. Lightly used water can be used for lots of things! My dogs are fans of cooled egg cooking water and the water I use to cool them after cooking can go in their dish, on my house plants, and would be able to use for coffee with no taste concerns.

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