Admit it. Its been on your mind for most of the morning. You can’t get it out of your head. Yes, we’re talking about that all-important question – Can you freeze eggs? You’ve come to the right place to answer this question and stop the worry and never-ending concern. Here’s the answer…. YES! And here’s the nitty gritty on how to do it!
It is that time of year when egg prices drop and you can find some great deals on eggs. So with that in mind and as we eat a lot of eggs in our house we love to buy them for much less and freeze them so we don’t have to buy them at the higher prices the rest of the year. So a few years ago we asked the question ourselves – “Can you freeze eggs?” when the time of year came around that eggs were so cheap that we wanted to stock up!
Eggs are considered the “poor man’s protein” and what better way to help us stick to our budget and to help us stick to healthier eating than buying them at a rock-bottom deal and freezing them so we could continue eating healthier for even less (because we’re not buying them when they are so expensive). But don’t think that springtime is the only time you can find great deals on eggs – we always loving looking for those markdowns (see the pictures below for an example) as you can often find them year-round!
Plus, another consideration is that not only are the “cheaper egg varieties” on sale, but also some of the higher-end eggs as well. We prefer to buy brown or cage-free eggs when we can fit them in our budget, and so when the opportunity arises, we stock-up on them! Then they are prepared to be frozen so we can have them when we need them.
SO Here’s How You Can Freeze Eggs!
What you need:
- Salt or sugar (to prevent the yolk from turning into a gel consistency when defrosting)
- Something to measure out 1-2 cups
- Ziploc or other container to store
It is very quick and easy to prepare eggs for the freezer and a task that our 7- and 8-year old daughters like to do (and practice egg cracking:))
We found that about 5-6 eggs is equal to one cup. We freeze most of our eggs in this quantity as we usually use about this many at a time!
First, crack the eggs in a separate bowl and measure them out (we measure by cups).
Second, add salt to the eggs. You will want to use around 1/2 teaspoon of salt for one cup of eggs (if freezing individually just use a dash)! Adjust the salt amount based on how many you are freezing together!
Third, gently mix the eggs so the yolks break up a bit and mix with the salt.
Fourth, pour egg mixture into your Ziploc or other container.
Fifth, label your eggs with date and quantity and then stick them in the freezer!
Here is some additional information to help you preserve your eggs for use!
- Eggs can be frozen for up to 1-year.
- Defrost your eggs for 1 day before use in the fridge.
- You can use sugar instead of salt if you are using them for baking, etc.
- You can freeze individual eggs in an ice cube tray for use of one egg at a time.
- You can freeze the egg yolks and egg white separately if you need to.
- When freezing just the yolks, you will still need to use the salt (or sugar) to prevent it be like gelatin when you defrost them.
- When freezing just the whites, you do not need to add any salt or sugar – just mix very gently before freezing.
- Eggs can last quite a while after the “best by” date and still be just fine for use and consumption without the need for freezing. You can see our previous post on this topic of Food Expiration Dates: What They Really Mean
- Mark your bag/container with either the number of eggs or the amount it is equal to if you plan to use them in recipes. For example: our bags say “1 cup” or “6 large eggs.”
So when you are in the store next and you see a super deal on your family’s favorite eggs, instead of asking “Can you freeze eggs?” now you know you can, how to do and ultimately save your family a little more money in this area!
Note, check out the post on the proper method to freeze single eggs.
Have your tried to freeze your own eggs before? What was your experience?
As a couple of side notes, eggs can stay in the fridge for quite a while past expiration dates. In addition, with the use of mineral oil, you can actually store them for many months outside of a fridge in a coolish area (like a basement) just fine as well! You will want to check out all of the resources on eggs on our All About Eggs page HERE.