How to Freeze Eggs

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Are you wondering how to freeze eggs? Whether you have too many eggs from your own chickens or you want to stock up at the store, 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

Freezing eggs for later use is a great way to stretch your grocery budget. If you own chickens, you may even have too many eggs.

Either way, keep scrolling to learn how to do it correctly! Did you know you can freeze milk too?!

How to Freeze Individual Eggs

How to Freeze Eggs

Freezing your eggs for individual servings

For freezing chicken 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 a 1/2 pinch of salt into each muffin spot.

Whisk gently to combine, then place the muffin tin in the freezer.

When you freeze an egg yolk, it becomes gelatinous. Over time, this thickens the yolk so that it’s very difficult to use.

Adding salt to your whisked egg prevents this from happening.

Once you have frozen eggs, 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.

frozen eggs in bag

How to 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.

Pour the egg white into one section of an ice cube tray, then 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 the frozen eggs into 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 Your Eggs in Bulk

If you have quite a few eggs, it will be easier to freeze them in bulk.

This method also works well if you plan to use them for scrambled eggs, Freezer Breakfast Burritos, or in a quiche or a frittata.

Simply whisk a dozen eggs together in a large bowl and add a pinch of salt.

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.

egg yolks and egg whites frozen in separate bags

Helpful Tips

  • When freezing chicken eggs, 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.
How to freeze eggs in bulk

Freezing Eggs FAQ

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 yolk becomes thick and gelatinous and the shells will crack.

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.

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. Or, you can try offsetting the sugar by adding Italian seasoning or a Mexican seasoning blend.

How long will these stay good in the freezer?

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

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

What should I serve with eggs?

I have quite a few recipes that you can serve with frozen eggs including:

How to freeze eggs in bulk

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How to Freeze Eggs

 

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How to Freeze Eggs

Are you wondering how to freeze eggs? Whether you have too many or you want to make eggs last longer, we explain the facts on freezing eggs.
Prep Time5 mins
Freeze Time8 hrs
Author: Donna Elick

Materials

  • eggs
  • salt

Instructions

How to Freeze Eggs for Individual Use

  • Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Crack one egg into each muffin cup.
  • Add 1/2 pinch of salt to each muffin cup.
  • Gently beat each egg until it is just combined. Do not beat too long. We are avoiding incorporating air into the eggs.
  • Freeze until solid, I freeze overnight.
  • Fill a baking pan with 1″ of warm water. Set the muffin pan in the water for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the eggs from the muffin pan and store in a ziptop freezer bag marked with the date.
  • Eggs will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.
  • 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

  • Carefully separate the yolk and the white using an egg separator.
  • Pour the egg white into one section of an ice cube tray. And, pour the egg
  • yolk into another section.
  • Add a small pinch of salt to the yolks to keep them stable. Freeze until solid, about 8 hours.
  • Remove the egg whites and yolks from the ice cube tray and store in separate zip top freezer bags marked with the date.
  • Eggs will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.
  • 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.
  • To beat the egg whites it is best to allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before beating.

Freezing Eggs in Bulk

  • Crack a dozen eggs into a large bowl.
  • Add a pinch of salt and whisk until just combined.
  • Do not over mix or you will incorporate air into the eggs.
  • Pour the entire mixture into a large freezer bag.
  • Label the bag with the quantity and today’s date so you know how many are in there.
  • Eggs will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.
  • To thaw eggs for use, place the freezer bag in a bowl and refrigerate overnight to defrost.
  • If you only need to use some of the eggs, keep in mind that 1 large egg equals 1/4 cup.
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Originally published April 2020, updated and republished February 2023

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10 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.

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow! been cooking a long time and hadn't heard of this. This is awesome! Thanks for teaching me something new ๐Ÿ™‚

    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.

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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!

  5. 5 stars
    Never new eggs could be frozen! Lessons learned at any age! Will use this technique, to avoid having to travel to grocery store weekly. Thanks so much, for sharing such a unique, unheard of experience, with your audience. It is greatly appreciated. Keep sharing! Thank you! Carla Walker

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