Best for Extended trips and protein-craving ultralighters
Beta Crystallized eggs—sold under the brand name Ova Easy— are dehydrated at lower temps than traditional powdered eggs. The result: They taste more natural, cook like real eggs, and are a huge upgrade from the old-fashioned dehydrated kind. They’re slightly denser than in-the-shell eggs when prepared, but there are perks: They’re pasteurized so there’s no salmonella risk; opened packages are shelf-stable for a season; the crystals are compact and light (0.6 oz. per egg versus 2 oz. per fresh egg); and they’re available in most grocery stores.
Storage Carry meals (two to three eggs per person per meal) in individual zip-top bags to reduce potential moisture exposure, which can cause spoilage. Label bags with the amount of water required (a 2:3 ratio of powder to water).
Prep Measure water into a bowl or bag and mix in powder until dissolved; the ideal consistency is the same as whole milk. Scramble like you would with fresh eggs (see chart, below).
Tip The dense texture is ideal for wraps, veggie-filled scrambles (sometimes wet when made with fresh eggs), and French toast. Sprinkle the powder into soups for a thickening calorie boost.