Do you have a lot of extra eggs? Have you ever wondered if you can freeze eggs? Are you looking for a simple way to preserve them? Freezing eggs can solve your problem. See your step-by-step instructions.
How to Freeze Eggs for Later Use in Cooking
It’s either feast or famine when it comes to fresh eggs deals. You may, in fact, have chickens of your own and run into the age-old problem of too many eggs, not enough mouths to feed.
When we have an overabundance of eggs, I like to Freeze them. There are a lot of different schools of thought when it comes to preserving eggs. This is just the method that I have used over the years. I stumbled upon this method after experimenting one Easter day. As you know the sales on eggs are plenty around this time of year.
It is super simple, doesn’t require a large amount of time, and it works. Did you know that after freezing your fresh eggs they taste exactly the same as fresh eggs? There is no difference. Don’t feel afraid to freeze your eggs.
I know… your mind is blown, right? Time to get yourself on this bandwagon. It is the easiest and most simple method for preserving your eggs.
Why freeze your extra eggs?
- It is a quick way to store them until you are ready to use them.
- Freezing allows you to store them for a much longer period of time.
How long can you store frozen eggs?
According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), you can freeze eggs for up to one year.
How To Freeze Fresh Eggs
You can fry them, bake with them or add them to casseroles or other recipes even after they have been frozen and thawed.
First thing is first, if you don’t know the age of your eggs you will need to test them. Fresh chicken eggs can last for quite a while in your refrigerator. In fact, they can last up to five weeks or even longer if they were fresh when you purchased them. How do you know the age of your eggs? Do the water test. If your eggs float when placed in a bowl of cold water, it is old and not good for eating. If your eggs sink to the bottom of a bowl of cold water and lie flat on their sides, they are very fresh.
After you have determined the age of your eggs, you are ready to freeze them.
It is important to note that you cannot freeze whole eggs in their shells. Reason being that when raw eggs freeze, the liquid inside expands, which can cause the shells to crack. As a result, the contents of the egg can spoil and then become a risk of bacterial contamination. This also includes freezing hard boil eggs in their shells.
Let’s Get Started
1) Crack a few eggs in a bowl. I typically freeze in quantities of 2 to 3. You can also choose to separate your egg yolks from whites and freeze them separately.
2) Scramble the eggs lightly. Try not to get too much aggressive while scrambling. I have found that with air bubbles in the mix, freezer burn occurs rather quickly.
Side note: When I first started researching how to freeze eggs. I read a few articles that stated to add salt and/or sugar to your egg mixture to prevent the egg yolk from becoming like gel. I have never tried this method and my eggs have always turned out well. Although freezing is unlikely to affect the flavor of raw or cooked frozen eggs, adding any extra ingredients will probably change the taste.
3) I then place my scrambled raw eggs in a freezer storage bag, labeled with the number of eggs and date. I like to use Hefty Slider Food Storage Bags quart bags.
4) Finally, freeze for up to 6 months (I’d bet you could go longer, but this is what the “experts” recommend. I don’t like to push the limits personally). Labeling might seem like a waste of time to you. But do it. Trust me. You have no idea how many times I’ve come across a mystery item in my freezer.
Thawing Your Frozen Eggs
When you are ready to use your eggs, allow them to thaw in the fridge. I usually put them in the fridge overnight that way by morning time they are ready to be used.
You may also choose to thaw them in the sink, running them under cold water. If you choose this method, please note that you should immediately cook them after this process.
Really it is that simple…Viola!
Remember You can keep your eggs frozen for up to a year in your freezer before you need to use them.
How to use your eggs once thawed?
- Use them in your favorite baked good recipe (cookies, cakes, dinner rolls, etc)
- Make a great omelet. (don’t forget the veggies)
- Create your favorite quiche dish.
- Use them to make a breakfast casserole.