A few years ago, we shared how to freeze eggs. This is the method that we use most and is really easy and convenient simple-step process. But we have had several readers ask about the proper method to freeze single eggs for single egg usage.
Most of the time, we are freezing to use for breakfast recipes and so we often freeze 6 in one baggie. But, like many of you, there have been times when we simply needed one single egg (or two) for a recipe and so our frozen eggs don’t work for this purpose when they are frozen six at a time.
Well, we wanted to share with you the method on how to freeze single eggs. It’s really just as simple as the 6-egg freezing method, but does require just a smidgen more work and a bit more time. It’s a couple step process instead of a single step. With both of these methods for freezing eggs, you will be totally set to stock-up on eggs when they are cheap or when you have an abundance of eggs from your backyard chickens!
Let’s get started on how to freeze single eggs using an ice cube tray.
Supplies needed for freezing eggs:
- Salt or sugar
- Ice cube tray
- TSP. measuring spoon
- TBSP measuring spoon
- Plastic wrap
Steps to Freeze Eggs:
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and mix with a fork gently. You don’t want to “whip” the eggs, just gently blend the eggs so the yolk and whites are mixed together. You can’t freeze the eggs in the whole form without comprising the eggs when it defrosts. The yolk of a whole egg will remain like a gelatin. So you can’t freeze eggs for the purpose of defrosting for “fried eggs” but you will be able to freeze them for baking, scrambling, mixing into recipes, etc.
- Once they are mixed, you will want to add some sugar or salt. The sugar/salt will help the yolk to defrost to the most natural state. It will still not be exactly the same as a fresh egg, but it will be close enough that it should be fine for scrambling/baking, etc. The salt and sugar prevent the yolk from turning into gelatin in the freezing/defrosting process. For one dozen eggs, you will want to use 1 tsp. of sugar or salt. We generally use salt, but if you are going to use them for baking, sugar is a little better. But in the end, it doesn’t matter a whole lot which one you choose!
- Next, it’s time to pour the egg mixture into the ice cube tray. We have found that each egg is about equivalent to 2-3 TBSPs. So I will just use a TBSP spoon for each slot on the ice cube tray. You want to try and not let the egg overflow into the other compartments, but try to keep them all separate. It’s just a lot easier to deal with after they are frozen.
- Once you have your tray filled, it’s time to prepare them for freezing! Make sure you have cleared a flat space in your freezer – they need to be frozen with the tray flat!
- Cover the tray with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer! It really only needs to freeze for a few hours, but overnight or longer is fine too.
- Once they are frozen, you will want to remove them from the tray and pop each piece into it’s permanent freezing home – a ziploc bag! You might need to run the bottom under water, bang the tray on the counter or other method to remove – just like you would ice!
- Place them in your ziploc with the date and then when you need just and egg or two, you can grab it out of the bag.
- To use frozen eggs, you do need to let it defrost on the counter or fridge before using. You can’t microwave it to defrost it. Also, you can try putting it in another bag and then putting it in a bowl of warmish water to speed up the defrosting process.
So there you have it! An easy, practical, effective way to freeze eggs so that you can take advantage of the times when eggs are cheap!
We know that eggs can be quite the expense as they are a part of our diet nearly daily, so we go through a lot of eggs and find ways to get them for less as well as find ways to preserve for as long as possible.
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.