Where would we be without eggs? No light meringues, no airy mousses, no dippy eggs and soldiers and no fry ups. But can you store eggs in the freezer if you’ve ended up with an abundance?
Eggs can be frozen for up to 6 months. Uncooked eggs freeze far better than cooked egg dishes such as an omelette. You can also freeze eggs in their individual white and yolk components if needs be.
Can You Refreeze Eggs? No
Do Eggs Freeze Well? Sometimes
How to Freeze Eggs
When freezing eggs, you have three obvious approaches to take. You can either freeze whole eggs, egg whites or egg yolks. We’ve covered all three options below:
How to Freeze Whole Eggs
Before you do anything, you’ll need to crack them out of the shell. In fact, some research suggests that it could be dangerous to freeze your eggs in the shell. When most liquids freeze, they expand slightly – the same occurs when you freeze an egg.
The liquid inside the eggshell will expand as it freezes which can crack the shells.
They might not sound too dangerous but there is a small chance that cracks will only be minor. You might not notice them but that won’t stop the egg from spoiling and bacteria getting in. That’s why you should avoid freezing eggs in the shell.
Here’s how to go about freezing whole eggs safely:
Crack your eggs into a jug and then give them a quick beat to combine the white and yolk together.
- Portion Out
You now need to pour the beaten egg mixture into a suitable container. Think about how much egg mix you will want at a time and find a container that matches this. You could try a cupcake tray or jelly moulds for example.
Wrap your container in cling film and then freeze.
- Final Freeze
When frozen solid, you can pop the frozen egg blocks out and store in a resealable bag or airtight container.
How to Freeze Egg Whites
Eggs whites are such an important ingredient in the kitchen, especially if you’re a fan of knocking together desserts. They’re a great way to lighten up mousses and are the core ingredient in meringues and macarons.
Recipes often call for a yolk so what do you do with the remaining egg white? Well, you freeze it of course!
The good news is that freezing egg white is super simple. Just follow the steps below:
- Pour into Jug
Pour all of the egg whites you have into a jug. Don’t whisk them up or add any ingredients such as sugar or lemon juice to the egg whites.
- Portion Out
Now that you have the egg whites in a jug, you can pour them into an ice cube tray or a cupcake tray depending on the amount you want to serve in each portion.
- Flash Freeze
Place the tray in the freezer to flash freeze.
- Final Freeze
Once frozen solid, remove the tray and pop the egg whites out and store in a resealable bag.
If you want further details on freezing egg whites such as how long you can fresh them for and how to go about defrosting them then check out our full egg white freezing guide.
How to Freeze Egg Yolks
Unlike egg whites, you do need to do a little extra work when it comes to freezing yolks. If you were to freeze egg yolks on their own, there is a chance they will form a gel around the outside which can make them quite sticky.
So follow these instructions if you want to freeze egg yolks effectively:
Take your egg yolks, pour them into a jug and then beat them lightly until they are broken up. Use a jug that has ml measurements on the side for the next step.
If you’re using your egg yolks for a dessert then add 1tsp of sugar for every 150ml of egg york. If you’re using your egg yolks for a savoury dish then replace the sugar with salt and use half a tsp for every 150ml of egg yolk.
You can then pour your egg yolks into a container (as we have above for eggs whites), flash freeze and then pop out of the container to store for the long term.
4 Tips for Freezing Eggs
Now you know how to freeze eggs, we’ve got our 4 must-read tips which we strongly advise following when freezing eggs to have the best results:
Never Freeze in the Shell
Although they may be minor, cracks can form when you freeze eggs in the shell. Those tiny, minute cracks can let air in which can allow bacteria to form in your eggs shells without you knowing about it.
Freeze in Portions
To avoid having to refreeze or discard eggs you don’t use, try to freeze your egg in portions so you can defrost a portion at a time easily.
Use Salt and Sugar for Yolks
The yolk can form a gel when frozen which is why adding salt (for savoury yolks) and sugar (for sweet yolks) is a great way to prevent this gel from forming.
Don’t Add Anything to the White
The opposite is true for egg whites. Don’t add anything to egg whites such as sugar, icing sugar or vinegar. Instead, add these to the egg whites once they have thawed.
How Long Can You Freeze Eggs?
Provided that you store your eggs safely and try to prevent any air from getting to them in the freezer then you should be good to keep them stored for up to 6 months.
After around 3 months, there is a chance that the texture will change somewhat so bear that in mind.
As always, it’s highly recommended that you label your frozen eggs with the date they should be consumed so you can plan ahead and avoid any unwanted wastage.
You Can Freeze Eggs for up to 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Eggs?
To avoid any bacterial contamination, you should always go with a slow and steady approach. This means you need to take your eggs out of the freezer and place them into the fridge to thaw overnight.
Do you try and speed this up as there is a risk that you invite bacteria in.
All forms of egg need to be fully thawed before cooking – never cook your eggs from frozen.
Can You Refreeze Eggs?
As with most food items, we would strongly advise against refreezing eggs. You’ll notice the texture is completely off and there is also a risk that between freezing, thawing and refreezing that bacteria can grow on your egg.
Instead, try to only thaw the amount of egg you need at a time.
Do Eggs Freeze Well?
This is a tricky question to answer as they can freeze well. It all comes down to the way they are frozen, the form they are in and how long they have been frozen.
Because you will usually beat the eggs either before or after freezing, you shouldn’t notice too much of a texture change.
The good news is that the flavour should also remain the same when you freeze whole eggs, egg whites or egg yolks.
The texture and flavour will change, however, if you freeze cooked eggs products such as scrambled eggs.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing eggs or eggs in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Eggs in the Shell?
But, if you manage to freeze your eggs in their shell successfully without any bacterial contamination, can you imagine how fragile they’re going to be now that you’ve frozen them! That’s why we would recommend freezing the eggs just as a liquid.
Can You Freeze Scrambled Eggs?
Can You Freeze Boiled Eggs?
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