For a few years we had lots of ducks and hence, for part of the year, very many duck eggs.
Many of these eggs were fried, boiled, scrambled, and used to make wonderful fluffy double-layer sponge cakes.
I remember helping to preserve some of the remaining eggs by rubbing them all over with a waxy substance called Ke-Peg. They were then stored in a box in the pantry. I think it worked by sealing the eggshell to stop air getting in, and also to stop the egg drying out.
The Ke-Peg did seem to work, though the eggs were not exactly as fresh and lovely as the advertisement claimed.
13 thoughts on “Memories of a rural childhood – K is for Ke-Peg”
I really enjoy hearing about things like this. My dad used to tell me about the butter his family would get from the store. That it was white and his job as a kid was to add and mix the capsule to make it the yellow we’re all familiar with. I’ve never heard of Ke-Peg.
Visiting from A to Z
I’ve never heard of white butter. When we made it from cow’s milk, it was always yellow.
I love old adverts like these, lovely theme, thank you for sharing 🙂
@LunaNoctis from There She Goes
I find that ads are fairly easy to find on the Trove newspapers site
Thank you for the tip ☺
We had lots of eggs on our farm but I had never heard of Ke-Peg, very interesting.
Perhaps it was only available in some areas
Well I never…. there’s so much I am learning.
Glad to help, Jill
I have never heard or read about how to preserve eggs including Ke_peg. Must be a city girl!
Visiting from A to Z challenge. Keep up the posts!
Fran @ TravelGenee
I suppose that knowledge of egg preservation techniques was only relevant to those who had excess eggs.
Well I have certainly been edumecated today. I had never ever heard of Ke-Peg. Interesting. Alex from
Family Tree Frog
Thanks for your interest, Alex.