Can You Freeze Scotch Eggs?

Meaty, crispy and then oozing with rich egg – is there anything as common yet indulgent as a Scotch egg?

But the question is can you have a batch stored in the freezer and do they freeze well or not? The answer may disappoint, unfortunately! So, can you freeze Scotch eggs or not?

Scotch eggs can be frozen for up to 3 months. Frozen Scotch eggs will be perfectly safe to eat. But that doesn’t mean you should freeze them as there can be some major textural issues when freezing them so think twice before doing so.

Can You Refreeze Scotch Eggs? No

Do Scotch Eggs Freeze Well? No

How To Freeze Scotch Eggs

If you’re set on freezing your Scotch eggs then this is the best way to go about doing so (read on to find out why you may not want to do this though):

  1. Cool
    If you have heated your Scotch eggs then allow them to come down to room temperature.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap each Scotch egg in a layer of clingfilm followed by a layer of foil to prevent as much oxidation as possible.
  3. Freeze
    Now place them in the freezer in an airtight container or thick freezer bag.

2 Tips for Freezing Scotch Eggs

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 2 vital tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing Scotch eggs to have the best results:

Just Don’t Bother
The best thing to do when you think about storing Scotch eggs is to avoid the freezer. It’s simply one of those food items that does not freeze well. 

Expect Textural Changes
If you were hoping for a runny, gooey yolk to remain when you defrost any Scotch eggs then think again. The yolk will not freeze well at all so be prepared for the texture to change. 

How Long Can You Freeze Scotch Eggs?

If you’re set on freezing your Scotch eggs then we would advise only keeping them stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. This will be the best way to prevent oxidation and ice crystals from forming.

As always, it’s a great idea to label your frozen Scotch eggs with the date they need to be consumed.

You Can Freeze Scotch Eggs for Around 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Scotch Eggs?

In order to thaw and reheat your Scotch eggs, you will need to plan ahead. That’s because the best approach is to slowly defrost your Scotch eggs overnight in the fridge. Simply place them in a bowl in the fridge.

When they have thawed thoroughly then you can reheat them. This is fairly simple, you just need to place them on a preheated tray in a hot oven for 10 minutes or so – depending on the size of your Scotch eggs.

Can You Refreeze Scotch Eggs?

Scotch eggs are a pain to freeze. If you read on, you’ll discover just how poorly they will freeze.

Refreezing them will make it even worse. We wouldn’t actually recommend freezing Scotch eggs in the first place so, as you can imagine, refreezing them also doesn’t come recommended.

Do Scotch Eggs Freeze Well?

No! That’s the hard and fast truth when it comes to freezing Scotch eggs. There are a few issues with freezing Scotch eggs:

Egg Yolk – Egg yolks simply don’t freeze well. We’ve written extensively about freezing eggs here. The ultimate Scotch egg has a rich, runny yolk. Once you freeze a Scotch egg (and yolk), you instantly lose this.

Your yolk will set and become somewhat rubbery.

Meat – There’s a huge chance that ice crystals will form in the body of the meat and will, therefore, ruin the texture of the meat in your Scotch egg.

Overall Texture – The reason people love a Scotch egg so much is for the varying textures you get to enjoy. You bit into the crunchy outer, get his with rich meat and follow that with a creamy and runny egg yolk.

When you freeze Scotch eggs you ruin all these layers of texture.

Ultimately, we would recommend not freezing Scotch eggs. If your only options are to freeze them or to throw them out then we would give freezing a go as anything is better than wasting them.

But don’t try and plan ahead and freeze your Scotch eggs.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing Scotch eggs or Scotch eggs in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Mini Scotch Eggs?

Again, much like the larger versions, you can freeze them but you shouldn’t. The texture will become ruined. Everything we have written in this article applies to all forms of Scotch eggs:

Big ones, small ones, black pudding encased ones. No variety of Scotch eggs will freeze well.

Can You Freeze Quorn Scotch Eggs?

You might think that by not having a meat element, your Scotch eggs will now freeze well. Wrong! The main issue with Scotch eggs is the egg in the centre.

It will never freeze well so, again, the same applies to Quorn Scotch eggs, unfortunately.

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