There are quite a few unusual uses for eggs that you might not be aware of. Different parts of the popular breakfast food can be used in a wide variety of ways. In other words, the incredible, edible egg isn't just edible! When it comes to these unusual uses for eggs, I recommend purchasing pastured-raised eggs—the hens that produce them are treated more humanely than those that produce standard supermarket eggs. Read on to see all the crazy ways that you can use these mini marvels of nature.
1. Egg White Face Mask
When it comes to unusual uses for eggs, this is probably one of the best ways to use the nutrient-packed kitchen staples. The old "egg on your face" idiom might have a negative connotation, but smearing egg on your skin can actually be a good thing! Just separate the egg white from the egg yolk over a small bowl and beat the egg whites with a fork until they start to get frothy. You can then use your fingers to apply the egg whites all over your face. Be very careful to avoid your eyes and mouth. Leave the mask on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off. This is the perfect skin treatment for those suffering from oily or acne-prone skin, and it will leave your face feeling firm and smooth.
2. Egg Yolk Hair Treatment
Of course you don't want to waste the yolk from the egg that you used for your egg white face mask. So instead of throwing it out, use it to give your hair a moisturizing protein treatment. One egg yolk probably won't be enough to coat all of your hair, so try mixing it with another all-natural ingredient. You can throw it in your blender with half an avocado, or you can whisk it with two tablespoons of olive oil diluted with a half a cup of water. Leave your egg yolk hair treatment on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing as usual. If you suffer from dandruff, be sure to apply the mixture to your scalp—the sulfur in the egg yolk fights dandruff symptoms.
3. Eggshell Art
There's just something aesthetically pleasing about the smooth, rounded shape of an egg, so it's not surprising that Faberge eggs are prized art pieces. We also love decorating hard boiled eggs for Easter, but eggs can be turned into art anytime of the year. To make art pieces that won't go rotten, use the blow out method to remove the yolk and egg white from a raw egg without breaking the shell. Just do an online search to find the blow out method that you're most comfortable with (there are many different ways to blow out an egg using a variety of different tools). Then you can paint the empty eggshell however you want, and you can place it somewhere where it won't get broken. Eggshells painted with green, red, and gold designs make great Christmas ornaments, and you can paint them to look like little pumpkins or jack-o'-lanterns for Thanksgiving or Halloween.
4. A Mini Eggshell Serving Dish
If you're looking for a creative way to wow dinner party guests, you might consider using eggshells as mini serving dishes. You can serve treats like custard, chocolate mousse, scrambled eggs, or egg salad inside of eggshells that have been turned into little cups. Just use a paring knife to carefully crack and remove the smaller end of an eggshell. Next, empty out the contents of the egg and remove the membrane inside along with any small pieces of shell. Boil the eggshells in a pot of water for ten minutes to sterilize them, and then let the shells cool off and dry before filling them with the treat of your choice. You can also find amazing recipes online for cakes and brownies that can be cooked inside eggshells.
5. Eggshells for Smoother Coffee
If you've just cooked up some hard boiled eggs, don't throw those shells away after removing them. They might actually make your coffee taste better! Just crush the eggshells by placing them inside a plastic baggie and rolling over them with a rolling pin. You can then toss the shell bits in with your coffee grounds before you brew a pot o' joe. The alkaline eggshells help to reduce the acidity of coffee, and you might get a little boost of calcium since eggshells contain quite a bit of the important mineral. You can then use the leftover eggshell/coffee ground mixture as a plant fertilizer.
6. Egg Membrane for an under-eye Mask
There's even a use for the thin membrane inside of an egg! After cracking an egg open and emptying its contents, look for a piece of membrane that you can grab onto. Slowly peel the membrane off and apply a large piece of it underneath each eye. Just be careful not to get any of the membrane or any of the egg white in your eyes. Since the membrane is hard to peel off, you may need to use one egg for each eye. After the membranes have dried, wash them off to reveal smoother, de-puffed under-eye skin. The membrane is rich in skin-nourishing ingredients like collagen and hyaluronic acid.
7. Eggshell Mosaics
Here's a fun way for kids to use those leftover colored shells from hard boiled Easter eggs. After peeling the shells off, let them dry and crumble them up. If you want to make this art project easier, be sure to separate the shell bits by color in small containers (an empty egg carton would work great). Your kids can then use craft glue to make colorful mosaics on pieces of card stock. You can also glue the egg pieces on other objects like flat wooden picture frames and flat wooden ornaments.
With so many ways to use different parts of an egg, you can make sure that no part of your breakfast goes to waste. So don't just start your day with a plate of scrambled eggs—give yourself a quick beauty treatment or start planning a fun art project. And if you know of any other unusual ways to use eggs, be sure to share your ideas!