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Raising geese is such a fun adventure. Did you know that their eggs not only taste great but are good for crafting! The natural thick shell and large size of a goose egg make it less fragile and easier to work with. There are a few steps to take to prepare your goose eggs for your special project.
Choose an Egg
It is important to choose the right eggs that you want to preserve for your craft projects. Look for eggs that are very clean and are not stained. Try to find eggs that are more uniform in size.
Also, take a look at the shell of the egg. If you notice anywhere where the shell is not thick (like in the photo), you don’t want to use that egg for crafting.
Prepare Your Egg
Goose egg’s albumen is thicker than chicken eggs, so blowing out the eggs can be a little harder. A good tip when wanting to blow out a goose egg is to find something that is pointed like a metal stylus or the end of a paperclip.
Gently create a small hole at the top of the egg.
Next, make a larger hole at the bottom of the egg. You can very carefully use your fingers to open the hole up. A bottom hole that is around ½ inch is helpful when cleaning out the duck egg. Worried about all the holes in the eggs? After your egg is completely dry, you can take a piece of tissue paper and cover up the holes you created.
To “blow out” your egg, you want to first break the yolk up inside the egg. Use a skewer or toothpick, and poke the yolk a few times, to really break it up. Be sure to do this over a bowl as the egg yolk will start to come out. At this point, you can “blow” the egg by placing a straw over the top hole you created, and blow the contents of the egg out. You can also continue to use a skewer or toothpick, poking inside the egg, encouraging the contents out.
After the egg is completely empty, gently rinse the egg under warm water, making sure all the yolk, and albumen are out of the egg. To make sure your egg is completely clean, after the first cleaning you can very carefully rinse the egg in a solution of warm water and a very small amount of bleach. This will give your eggs a final cleaning and sanitization as well as break down any leftover membrane in the egg.
Stand the eggs up in an egg carton or container over some paper towels to allow the egg to dry completely. Be sure to check the paper towels often, and replace them if they become very wet.
After your eggs are completely dry, it is time to be creative. There are many different projects you can do with your goose eggs.
- Paint the eggs with acrylic paint, and seal them with clear acrylic spray for a year-round egg display.
- Leave the eggs natural, and use some clean spray to preserve the eggs. A great way to show off your flock’s eggs for many years to come.
- Turn your eggs into ornaments by decorating how you would like and adding a string for hanging.
- Decoupage the eggs for unique kitchen decor.
- Preserved eggs make a great accent to any wreath.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to crafting with your goose eggs!
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