84 Responses to “Help Crunchy Betty With a Little Eggshell Issue”


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  1. Josasoma

    You put it in the oven first!
    I do this often to make powder for my garden. See “other uses for eggshells”, josasoma.blogspot.com

  2. Jen

    I actually do have a mortar and pestle and it didn’t take very long to crush them into a fine powder. I seriously advice getting one, they are very efficient and so much fun to play with.

  3. KarinSDCA

    So, I read this ages ago. Got the mortar and pestle and have been grinding lots of things in it. Forgot all about the egg shells, though. LOL

    The other day (early last week maybe?) I traded some of my handcrafted deodorant for some fresh chicken eggs (backyard chickens) and I remembered to save the shells as we used the eggs. I let the rest of the egg goo slide out of the eggs onto the cat’s dish. She loves raw eggs! Then, I washed them out and set them in my ‘drying area’ (I dry herbs and flowers, etc.), so the family would know to leave them alone.

    This morning, I came across your FB post on eggs and was reminded why I saved them! Thank you!

    I dropped them in the mortar and began grinding away with the pestle. Hmmm… not so much luck. Looks a lot like confetti. So, I clicked on the link in today’s post to arrive here and read more about grinding these things up into a fantastic face powder. Guess I get to experiment with other methods of grinding…

  4. Tina

    Do u have to get all the membrane out first? Cause that’s what I’m doing and is there a secret to this cause my egg keeps crumbling up on me as I scratch layer after layer out and it seems like there’s always more to get

  5. homebody

    Buy a coffee grinder. Boil the shells and dry them either in the oven on low or out on the counter. Then blast the pieces to powder in the coffee grinder.

    • Colleen

      I second this. I’ve used my little grinder many times to pulverize dried shells for my garden. Works much better than a food processor, and is less labor intensive than a mortar-and-pestle.

    • misscreepers

      I have bought a coffee grinder specifically for grinding things like this, it works really well. I also have another one for grinding almonds, etc.,.
      Oddly enough, no coffee grinder for actual coffee!

  6. Great idea about the powder – I’ll try it…! (thanks for tips for grinding – sounds like boiling/baking first is the key)

  7. Elisabeth

    you may want to invest in the magic bullet…i used that for about 5 1 minute increments and received a very fine powder. Works beautifully.

  8. Steph

    This might be a silly question… but does the egg shell color make a difference? I live in Namibia and we only have brown over here… but I’d love to try this out!

  9. MiaMaria

    um, not very helpful, but buy a mortar and pestle. I have two, and am an addict. the big brass one does not work as well for this as the small ceramic spice one. the ceramic one worked like a dream and my eggshell powder is currently residing in splendor in a little china powder dish with a rose on top (and other flowers as well). so go buy a mortar and pestle right now! (and maybe a $3 vintage powder dish. score!)

  10. louise anne

    I laugh so much, I had tears running down my cheeks. Oh boy, too funny, you made my day. I will dust up my egg shells and have fun with it the way you guys do.

    Merci pour ce fun!

  11. MoonFlower

    Hi all, just wanted to share my experience with this. I just tried it for the first time, with shells from free-range eggs and a small ceramic mortar and pestle. It took a little time and elbow grease, but it was worth it! The brown shells give the powder sort of a flesh-colored tint, which I don’t think is a bad thing at all – though it really doesn’t show when it’s applied. The powder is practically invisible on my face and gives it a nice, smooth finish. What a great use of egg shells! I don’t see myself ever spending another penny on face powder. *thumbs nose at cosmetic industry*

  12. Karen

    Hey there, I just tried it and I first used a coffee grinder and it got them ground but not powder like. I then put them in my vita mix and turned it on high. That works, Got me some powder now! Can’t wait to try on my face. question: I use organic eggs and they are brown, should the shells be white? just curious, I’m not afro american, i’m Caucasian so do you have input? My powder is a little beigey

  13. Christine Parmigiani

    Myself, I let a few eggshells from organic eggs collected over a couple days in refrigerator to dry, (obviously, washed before using the egg(s), throw 2 or 3 or more in my NutriBullet in the smaller container using the miller piece, and let grind until you are happy with the texture! I take maybe one quarter to one half tsp. morning and at night. It grinds it nicely to a very fine powder most of the time unless the eggshells are still too moist. I just started doing this, so don’t have the results in yet. What works for you?

  14. Joanie

    While you are making face powder, I use the egg shells for my green juice. This adds calcium to the mix. Good for everyone. :-)


  15. Kat

    I have been drying and grinding eggshells on and off for a couple of years? For face masks etc. And I agree, braun and krups coffee grinders work well for me.

    Also, not sure if someone has mentioned this but if you have a typical blender, with the screw in glass jug on top, then try using a small mason jar. I frequently use my blender this way, with recycled glass ball or mason jars, kind of like a magic bullet.

    The small glass jar is great because dust won’t fly around as you try to put in a new container, and you can just store it in there when you are done blending. It does help if shells are very well dry.

    I put a small sieve or cheesecloth type cover on mouth of jar, so I can gently shake small amount onto plate or bowl for my face powder brush. The parts that aren’t a fine powder stay in the jar and can be pulverized further on next blending round with new shells.

    I like to grind some rice with either coffee grinder or mortar pestle, and then add to eggshell mix. I feel both rice powder and eggshell powder work well as face powder, so why not.

    Still on the fence whether to believe that rice powder alone is effective as a sunscreen…so generally use this powder over sunscreen.

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  17. I powder my eggshells with a coffee grinder. It has to be the “blade grinder” kind though. Not the “burr grinder”. These blade grinders were actually originally designed as seed and spice grinders, but named coffee grinders because that’s the way to sell millions of them! True coffee oficionados shun them. Anyway, they powder the shells quite well, and I use them to fortify my growing soil (for indoor; I have no outdoor land, but aspire to).


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