Useful ways to reuse eggshells in the kitchen

Eggshells are a storehouse of calcium and other nutrients. Photo: Shutterstock/Sucha Kittiwararat

Although eggs are an important part of our diet, their shells generally go straight to the dustbin. This is despite the fact that they are a storehouse of calcium and other nutrients. In the current age of zero-waste food trends, here are a few ways in which you can use eggshells instead of throwing them away.

Cleaning of vessels
Don't be surprised to hear that an eggshell can be used to wash utensils. To get the utensils clean, mix baking soda and eggshell in soapy water and wash them off.

Germinate seeds
Those who live in flats and do not have much space around the house can germinate seeds in the eggshell. You would wonder how it can be. The eggshell can be filled with soil, and seeds can be sowed in it. This technique will help in sprouting saplings easily in flats.

Fodder for birds and chickens
Baked eggshells can be fed to birds and chickens. Studies have shown that providing eggshells as feed can help them have the calcium they need after laying eggs.

Make broth
The collagen, calcium, and glucosamine present in the eggshells are healthy and can be used when making broth with bones. Broth can be made with meat, fish, and vegetables. It can be eaten alone but is commonly used to prepare dishes like soups, gravies, and sauces.

Can be mixed with coffee
It is said that adding eggshells to coffee can reduce acidity. You can add an eggshell to four cups of coffee.

Mix with apple cider vinegar
Well-dried eggshells can be mixed with apple cider vinegar. This mixture can ward off minor skin problems and avoid acid reflux.

Make toothpaste at home
Add two tablespoons of coconut oil, one tablespoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of castile soap, and two or three drops of peppermint essential oil to a quarter cup of eggshell. When mixed well, the paste is ready.

Add to soups and juices
We already know that eggs are rich in calcium. Since eggshells can provide the calcium we need for a day, they can be finely powdered and added to soups, juices, stews, and smoothies. According to studies, a man needs to eat half the shell of an egg a day.

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