OvaEasy Whole Egg Crystals
Current Retail: $5.00-$10.00
Historic Range: $4.99-$26.96
Reviewers Paid: $42.00
Often, dehydrated eggs are nasty. I found that OvaEasy eggs are quite tasty, easy to use, and stable. I have found them to have great bang for the buck in price, ease of use, and flavor.
- Good texture!
- Good taste
- Easy to use
- Eggs mixture can leave quite a bit of water
- Must cook the eggs
- No "just add water"
- Pots need a little more clean-up
I have tried other eggs before, and while other products are pretty good, I think this one is the best. I found it tastes and behaves most like real eggs of all the kinds I have tried.
Since the eggs are crystals versus powder, the product cooks up more like real scrambled eggs. The caveat is that these eggs are not just add water. Since they have to be cooked, some users may not like the prep and cleanup. In that, be careful to not overcook these eggs, because just like real eggs, scorching them leaves more clean up in the pan. — And nothing tastes good scorched :( Outside of that warning, I am a real fan of this product.
As a middle aged lady, I do not require the calories of a younger, stronger person, so I tend to go to a crystal equivalent of 3-4 eggs, depending on the trip and calorie requirements. My daughter, an advanced athlete, may require up to 4-6, depending on her work load.
The eggs when coupled with a burrito wrap, pre-cooked bacon, cheese stick, and salsa make a fantastic meal. I usually save this for a dinner versus a breakfast, since the eggs require cooking. This meal is ALWAYS a favorite with my hiking crew! When I get "what's for dinner," and my answer is heuvos rancheros, everybody smiles.
My crew all agree that the eggs stick to our ribs. With the good flavor and consistency, coupled with with tasty complements, this makes a very satisfying meal with nice mouth feel and satisfying flavor.
I bought the eggs in the #10 can to up the amount I want by need of the trip and participants. I really like having it in bulk because I can customize the amount per individual and calorie demand.
I have used this product on a 100 mile rails to trails bike trip in Canada, many trips backpacking, and a Missouri River canoe trip. The eggs are core to my adventures' meals menu. They are light, nutritious, tasty, and easy. The military has even switched from powdered eggs to using OvaEasy eggs.
The eggs are sold in a variety of sizes, ranging from bag of one dozen (retail of about $7) to a can of 8.8 dozen (for about $46).
I am including a couple of links which outline the science and specs of the eggs for further information.
I am including a nutrition chart: Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 tsp. (9.5 grams) (equals 1 medium egg)
Calories from fat 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated fat 1g 5%
Protein 5g 14%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g 0%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0%
I will continue to use and buy this product as long as I keep getting "out there!"
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $42
Tasted even better than fresh eggs, super easy to prepare, stayed fresh for months.
- Great taste and texture
- Easy to fix
- Very good shelf life
- Now what am I going to do with the Coghlan's egg container I bought just a little earlier?
- Shipping costs — not too bad, but would be nice to find locally
I'm aware the OvaEasy eggs have been reviewed many times on Trailspace, almost uniformly positively. Heck, it's why I decided to try them. I just have to add my "Yea!" vote. It's so nice to find a product that works, isn't super expensive, and makes camping and backpacking just that little bit more comfortable.
In January of this year, I took Nutriom.com up on their introductory free-shipping offer to buy one small packet of the eggs and two of the French toast mix. Then due to various boot woes and other issues, I ended up not actually using the eggs until a car camping trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway recently.
Even with the really bad gnat swarms at that particular campground and with what undoubtedly were hungry bears rustling in the bushes, the quick breakfast I made with these and a can of smoked ham started my day off just right. The taste of the eggs was better than the scrambled eggs I make at home. The texture was identical (I tend to like eggs on the drier side). I used the second half of the packet to try out an omelette at home: that worked just fine too. The five+ months on the shelf hadn't hurt them at all.
Haven't tried the French toast mix yet but am about to order much more of the egg crystals. Like many other things (Moss tents, authentic Raichle boots, Optimus stoves) they may disappear just when I've decided I can't live without them.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $5.98 (special offer with free shipping)
Surprisingly simple and quite tasty.
- Ease of preparation
- Cleanup...but what did you expect? They're scrambled eggs.
This was the first time I cooked these up while backpacking. I tried them at home first and I must say that my trail results were no different.
These cook up quite well and have a good egg flavor. There's nothing difficult about it...add water and then cook. I have Southern roots and so I pair this with some grits and find that I am well satiated for the morning.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: I really don't remember
I've been using these eggs for two years cooking for groups on backcountry trips. As scrambled eggs, the texture and taste is indistinguishable from fresh eggs. I've also used them to make frittatas, omelets and french toast.
The only ingredient is egg and they are available in several different sizes. I buy them in the 6 dozen size and divide them for specific meals. They are available from Nutriom and much cheaper there than through resellers.
Price Paid: ~$20 for 6 dozen