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Can You Drink the Water Used to Boil Eggs?

Is it safe to drink the water that you have boiled eggs in? If not, why not?

By Barbara from Cape Town

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March 7, 20110 found this helpful

I cannot imagine that it is unsafe, any bacteria should have been killed, and I don't think there is anything in the shells of untreated eggs that could be rendered out and unhealthy; just not tasty. I always add salt or vinegar to the water, so that would make it no good to drink, but if you use plain water, I suspect it is fine. Probably has a good dose of calcium in it.

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

To save electricity I sometimes boil 3 of 4 washed chicken eggs at a time in with vegetables. I notice the water does smell, so I did wonder if perhaps the concentration (calcium?) might be too much when absorbed in the veg. Might be coincidence, but on the last occasion I didn`t feel to well afterwards. Will stop doing it.

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful

Sorry , but why would you want to drink it? Use it to water plants, or something else. Drink it? Gross.

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March 10, 20170 found this helpful

At home ,as a good nature, calcium .cold or hot drink.

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful

The only thing would be this, there are chemicals and other things in water. When the water is boiled the chemicals become concentrated and might not be healthy. I am curious as to why you would want to drink it. If you just don't want to waste it, water your house plants with it.

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September 10, 20160 found this helpful

Drink it for the calcium

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful

Boiling water does not make it unsafe. You use boiling water for so many things you cook. But, it might not taste good. But I don't think it would harm you. I do use salt before boiling eggs myself.

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March 21, 20122 found this helpful

It absolutely is safe to drink the water.

The water will be very high in calcium which is not only great for us, but plants as well. Personally I'm fairly shocked and amused by the comments left here, chemicals in the water being unsafe after boiling it?

If this is gross consider this, food producers will add ground up egg shellsin to food to boost the calcium content, they just need to label it as calcium!

Eggs shells are mostly calcium and personally I find it more gross and disturbing that people waste resources like this and are perfectly fine with not knowing what they are actually eating or better yet paying for a calcium supplement.

Adding vinegar or salt to water will soften the shell, if you don't mind drinking vinegar it is very beneficial to cleansing the body, apple cider vinegar is tasty and nutritious. If you do use a lot of salt, more than a couple teaspoons, I wouldn't recommend it. And do not use on plants if you use vinegar or salt.

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April 3, 20171 found this helpful

I was humored by the person that said boiling water would make the water more unsafe because of chemicals in the water lmao

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November 8, 20131 found this helpful

I wanted to know if it was safe to drink 'egg water' so that I can make a cup of tea with the boiling water after the eggs are cooked - I would do this for my elevenses break.

Reading the comments, I feel it is safe to drink as long as there are no additives to the water like salt or vinegar or anything else - unless its a teabag maybe - I will try that next time, then I will probably have lovely brown egg shells! - and stewed tea - lol. With a little thought, this could save a little energy.

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May 28, 20160 found this helpful

good idea!

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March 14, 20150 found this helpful

I don't want to spoil people's ideas for re-using boiled-egg water. I agree that non-salt and/or vinegar water can be good for plants, but... I was told about 50 years ago that drinking egg water gives you warts! This could well just be an old wives tale, but I'd be interested to know if anyone else has heard this?

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October 21, 20150 found this helpful

FYI people, you drink it because you don't have a kettle and can't be bothered boiling another pot of water for your tea

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April 14, 20160 found this helpful

I boil my eggs in soup when I make ramen or udon. It saves me from using two pots. I'm still alive. You will probably survive

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

i was always told when young (a long time ago) that cooking in water in which an egg has been boiled gave you warts. i did get lots of warts on my hands from milking cows, and taking advice from a farmer i put them in the blacksmith's water trough . they went. maybe they are all in the mind.

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful

My ex-brother-in-law (for a reason) used the egg water in the kettle, which I thought a little psycho, and he has warts!

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