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Water glass (liquid sodium silicate) allows for an old-fashioned way to make fresh eggs last and last - for up to several months. But that's just one of its uses.
Note: Shelf life: Unopened jug - 3 years Opened jug - 18 months
1. To seal cement/concrete floors: Apply to floor to help harden surface for dust control and for resistance to penetration by water, oils and other liquid spills. Clean surface before treatment because water glass will not stick to oil or grease. Dilute 4:1, four parts water to one part water glass. Mop on surface and let dry thoroughly. Repeat two or more times to get the desired results.
For use as an adhesive: This silicate material is an excellent adhesive when used full strength. It can be diluted with small amounts of water.
For general cleaning: Dilute one cup of water glass with two gallons of water.
For preserving (waterglassing) eggs: Only use fresh eggs which have been wiped clean, but not washed. Mix eleven parts water with one part water glass in an earthenware crock. Place eggs in solution leaving about two inches of liquid above the eggs. One quart of water glass will treat about 16 dozen eggs.
Mix one part Water glass with ten parts cooled, boiled water and pour into a large, stone crock. Wipe off fresh eggs with a flannel cloth and place in solution (eggs should be covered with 2"). Cover crock and store in a cool, dry place.
(From The Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Farmer, 1886.)
DO NOT USE OR SPILL ON GLASS SURFACES AS WATER GLASS CANNOT BE REMOVED WHEN IT'S DRY. PROTECT FROM FREEZING. WARNING: CONTAINS SODIUM SILICATE. Product is alkaline. Avoid contract with eyes and skin by wearing safety goggles and waterproof gloves. Wash thoroughly after handling. In case of eye contact, flush with plenty of water for at least 15 min. Consult a physician immediately. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.