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Dear Editor,


I was watching a prepper show on the National Geographic channel and saw the episode about the lady who preserved eggs by rubbing the outside of the shell with mineral oil. She had a dinner with some of these eggs that were 6 months old. They were kept in a dry, cool place. Have you heard of this or tried this yourself? Your opinion, please?

Thank you
R—

Dear R—

Like you, after watching the show, I had to find out how feasible that method was for preserving eggs. In researching this, I found not only is the mineral oil method a viable method, there are other methods as well. To that end, we’ve provided an article in this Monday’s newsletter (March 5th, 2012) to answer all your questions about long-term egg storage. Please take note, there is a procedure for doing this. Simply rubbing some oil on some eggs and putting them on the shelf isn’t going to work. You need to follow certain steps to insure that your eggs remain as fresh as possible.

Thank you,

The Editor

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Dear Editor,

Where can I purchase heirloom seeds?

C—

Dear C—

The first stop on my heirloom seed shopping trip is Heirloom Solutions. Why do I choose them? Because I know the quality of the seeds that they have, and I know the excellence they strive for in terms of customer service and the products they provide. They carry the seed I want for the products that I want to grow, and their selections and choices grow year after year. The germination rates on their seeds are exceptional, and that’s one big factor in my seed buying. I don’t want to put a lot of work into something only to find that nothing will grow from what I’ve planted.

After that, I would consider a local seed store or co-op. For instance, here in my part of the world, we must have our purple hull peas. Life is just not worth living without a pot of peas on the stove at least once a week (and a pone of cornbread in the oven!). By getting to know the people at my local co-op and seed store, I was able to get my hands on a nearly extinct purple hull pea heirloom variety that is a prolific producer and does exceptionally well here in my area.

After that, there is the Seed Savers Exchange website on the Internet. The Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of heirloom seeds. Gardeners from all over come together to share rare heirloom seeds that they have preserved.

Thank you,

The Editor

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