Those of you who know me personally know I am big on self sufficiency. I’ve never understood the concept of grumbling or complaining to someone about the fact that I don’t have something when I could go out and get it myself. The more things I can accomplish on my own the happier I am. That being said this idea came to me by “accident”. I was headed to work and I had gotten an egg sandwich from a local food place. While eating I crunched down on an eggshell. If you’ve ever found an eggshell in your sandwich then you know it ruins the entire experience. Instead of getting upset this time I thought, “Oh well, more calcium for me.” Then it clicked…wait…we feed our chickens egg shells to boost their calcium intake…why can’t WE eat the eggshells? I realized the only problem is the horrible texture and crunchiness. Well not a problem for me, just change the format, after all I’ve done it before!
10 months ago my wife had our 5th child. She expressed an interest in placenta pills. If you don’t know what placenta pills are click here. Placenta Pills Research She might as well have issued me a challenge. I took it upon myself to make this a reality for her. Since I already had the tools, might as well make calcium pills. I did my research, there were no contraindications and it is an excellent source of calcium. Eggshell Calcium Pills Research
Here is how i did it.
Step 1 – Gather Materials
Keep in mind, this is how I chose to do it, there are many different ways to accomplish the same steps. Use your imagination if you are missing something.
1. Eggshells. (organic eggs are best and making pills offsets the extra costs)
2. Pot of boiling water. (to sterilize the egg shells)
3. Blender, coffee grinder or similar. (to reformat the shells) I used the
4. Food Dehydrator. (can’t make pills in wet form) Food Dehydrators
5. Pill maker. (umm…durr) I use the Cap-M-Quik Capsule Filling Complete Starter Kit size 00 (includes Filling Machine, Tamper, and 1000 Empty GELATIN Capsules)
6. Gel caps (you can get veggie pills if you like)
7. Piggy bank. (to collect the savings) *author note* if you choose to skip this step feel free to send the savings to me.
Calcium Pills Item List
Step 2 – Boil egg shells
This step is critical to sterilize the shells and kill any baddies that you do not want to consume.
Boiling Egg Shells
Step 3 – Dehydrate egg shells
Place the egg shell “membrane side” facing down on the dehydrator and dry those suckers out. *author note* This process smelled WAY better this time around than when I made the placenta pills.
Place egg shells facing down for faster results.
The time frame depends on your specific machine. This took me about 40-50 minutes.
Step 4 – Reformat the egg shells into powder
Stuff as many egg shells into the blender and 50 seconds later you have successfully eliminated the crunchy problem. *author note* Many people can stop here if they wish to mix the calcium powder directly into food or drinks.
Will it blend?
YES it will!
18 egg shells made 1/2 cup of calcium powder.
Step 5 – Fill the pills!
Follow instructions on your particular pill jig/machine and make your pills. I found that 18 egg shells yielded me exactly 101 pills. Each pill is approximately 1000mg of calcium carbonate.
Ready to make pills
First 50 pills
Second 50 Pills
Finally finished – 101 pills total!