Thursday, April 2, 2020

How to Freeze Eggs

Are you wondering how to freeze eggs? Whether you have too many eggs from your own chickens or you need to make the eggs you have last during "stay at home", freezing your excess is the perfect solution. Individually, in bulk or separated, freezing eggs couldn't be easier following these tips.

How to Freeze Eggs

Can I freeze eggs for later use?

The short answer is yes! You can freeze them individually, separating the whites and yolks, or in bulk.

Freeze individual servings

If you want to know how to freeze whole eggs in individual servings, this is the easiest method. Simply break each one into a muffin tin sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and add 1/2 pinch of salt into each muffin spot. Then, whisk gently to combine. And, place the muffin tin in the freezer.

How to Freeze Individual EggsWhen you freeze an egg yolk, it will become gelatinous. Over time, this thickens the yolk so that it's very difficult to use. Adding salt to your whisked egg will prevent this from happening.

How to Freeze Individual Eggs

Once they're completely frozen, they can be removed from the muffin tin and placed in a freezer bag. When you need one, just remove one per serving. Freezing them separately makes it much easier to use only the amount that you need.

How to Freeze Individual Eggs

Freeze separated eggs

If you're wondering how to freeze eggs so that the yolk and the whites are separated, you need to follow a slightly different process. Carefully separate the yolk and the white using an egg separator.

How to Freeze Egg Whites and Egg Yolks

Pour the egg white into one section of an ice cube tray. And, pour the egg yolk into another section. Be sure to add a 1/2 a pinch of salt to the yolks to keep them usable. You can then transfer each to separate freezer bags for storage.

Using this method gives you a lot more options when it comes to cooking. You can recombine them and use them in your favorite recipe. Or, you can use just the yolk or the white as you need to.

How to Freeze Egg Whites and Egg Yolks

Freezing eggs in bulk

If you have quite a few eggs or you know that you want to use them to make scrambled eggs, Freezer Breakfast Burritos, in a quiche or a frittata, it will be easier to freeze them in bulk. You can whisk a dozen eggs in a large bowl and add a pinch of salt.

How to freeze eggs in bulk

Then, pour the entire mixture into a large freezer bag. Don't forget to label it with the quantity and today's date so you know how many are in there.

How to freeze eggs in bulk

What happens when you freeze eggs in the shell?

According to the USDA, eggs should not be frozen in their shells. When you freeze them in the shell, the shells will crack. And, the yolk becomes thick and gelatinous. This means that it cannot be used the way you would normally use an egg. If this happens unintentionally, you should throw the egg away.

Helpful tips to freeze eggs

  • If you choose to freeze them in bulk, remember that one-quarter cup of the whisked mixture equals one large egg.
  • You can add seasonings to your eggs if you know you want to use them in a certain recipe. Just be sure to label the freezer bag.
  • Put today's date and the number of eggs your bag contains when you freeze in bulk. This will make using them easier.
  • Defrost the frozen mixture in the refrigerator never on the counter.

What you need to freeze eggs

This is what you need to get started.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to add salt?

Are you wondering how to freeze eggs without salt? If you would prefer not to add salt because you're on a sodium-restricted diet, you can add 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar per egg yolk. If you use this method, the egg mixture might work better in a dessert rather than a savory dish. But, you can try offsetting the sugar by adding Italian seasoning or Mexican Seasoning blend.

How long will these stay good in the freezer?

The eggs should stay good in the freezer for up to a year. Just be certain that you freeze them in heavy-duty freezer bags and not traditional plastic sandwich bags. This will help protect them from freezer burn.

What recipes can I use these in?

You can use frozen eggs in almost any recipe that calls for scrambling an egg. Why not try them scrambled, in an omelet, in a quiche or when baking your favorite cake.

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How to Freeze Eggs

How to Freeze Eggs

Are you wondering how to freeze eggs? Whether you have too many eggs from your own chickens or you found an amazing deal at the grocery store, freezing your excess is the perfect solution. Individually, in bulk or separated, freezing eggs couldn't be easier following these tips.

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 0 Mtotal time: 8H 5 M

ingredients:

  • non-stick cooking spray
  • eggs
  • salt

instructions:

How to Freeze Eggs for Individual Use

  1. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Crack one egg into each muffin cup. 
  3. Add 1/2 pinch of salt to each muffin cup. 
  4. Gently beat each egg until it is just combined. Do not beat too long. We are avoiding incorporating air into the eggs.
  5. Freeze until solid, I freeze overnight.
  6. Fill a baking pan with 1" of warm water. Set the muffin pan in the water for 2 minutes.
  7. Remove the eggs from the muffin pan and store in a ziptop freezer bag marked with the date.
  8. Eggs will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months. 
  9. To thaw eggs for use, place the frozen eggs in a bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator to defrost overnight.

How to Freeze Separated Eggs Whites and Yolks

  1. Carefully separate the yolk and the white using an egg separator.

  2. Pour the egg white into one section of an ice cube tray. And, pour the egg yolk into another section.
  3. Be sure to add a 1/2 a pinch of salt to the yolks to keep them usable.
  4. Freeze until solid, I freeze overnight.
  5. Remove the egg whites and yolks from the ice cube tray and store in separate ziptop freezer bags marked with the date.
  6. Eggs will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months. 
  7. To thaw eggs for use, place the frozen egg whites or egg yolks in a bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator to defrost overnight.
  8. To beat the egg whites it is best to allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before beating. 

How to Freeze Eggs in Bulk

  1. Crack a dozen eggs into a large bowl.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and whisk until just combined.
  3. Do not over mix or you will incorporate air into the eggs.
  4. Pour the entire mixture into a large freezer bag. 
  5. Label the bag with the quantity and today's date so you know how many are in there.
  6. Eggs will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months. 
  7. To thaw eggs for use, place the freezer bag in a bowl and sit it in the refrigerator to defrost overnight.
  8. If you only need to use part of the eggs, remember 1 large egg equals 1/4 cup.




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8 comments:

  1. Hmmm... Will people hoard more eggs after reading this? I guess if they can move aside their 12 loaves of bread already in the freezer.

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  2. I had no idea this could be done! What a wonderful post for the times we're all going through, with grocery shelves being so bare of needed items! Thank you, thank you, from Kentucky! God bless you <3 <3 :)

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    1. I am so happy to hear that this post was of use to you. Stay healthy and God bless you.

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  3. Wow! been cooking a long time and hadn't heard of this. This is awesome! Thanks for teaching me something new :)

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    1. Hi Patty! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am so happy to hear that it was helpful! I was wondering if it was too simple to post. Stay healthy and let me know if you are looking for any specific recipe types.

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  4. Hello, Patty! I was amazed to find this in my email & so pleased! During this time of our lives, food isn't as plentiful as it was & this is a tremendous help for everyone! For a while, here in Kentucky, eggs were scarce! Now we have a way to keep them, as we get them, if they become scarce once again! Thank you soooo much!Posted on Facebook, too! God bless you! :)

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    1. Hi Kathy,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. This is a crazy time and we are trying to come up with posts that will be useful to help everyone navigate these days in isolation. I hope your grocery shelves are being restocked. We have another handy how to coming up tomorrow. God bless you as well!

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