We’ve been talking about different ways to preserve eggs over the last month or so. Today I’m going to show you how to freeze eggs, an easy and useful way to store eggs when you have extra.
Why freeze eggs?
In the cooler months, our chickens stop laying because of the shorter daylight hours. Freezing is a great way to save eggs for cooking and baking when we don’t have fresh eggs daily. Frozen eggs are perfect for breakfast casseroles, baking, etc. They’re not as good for cooking and eating on their own because freezing changes the texture.
Choosing your eggs
This is a good solution for eggs that are dirty and need to be washed. Sometimes the eggs we collect have chicken droppings, muck, or mud on them. We clean our nest boxes frequently, sometimes daily, but that doesn’t always mean clean eggs.
There are around 17,000 pores on every egg. Unwashed eggs have a natural protective layer, like the way our skin protects us. Cleaning an egg washes off the egg’s defenses against air, moisture, and germs. So when we need to wash an egg, we also need to use it quickly. Or in this case, freeze it!
This method would also work well for extra store-bought eggs, which are washed before they are sold.
How to Freeze Eggs
Eggs you want to freeze
Bowl or large measuring cup with a pouring spout
Whisk or fork
Freezer bags, like Ziploc (quart size work well)
1. Crack your eggs into a container with a pouring spout.
I freeze 6 eggs per bag. This works for our family and our recipes. It also allows me to use less packaging and create less trash. If you have a smaller family, you may choose to freeze eggs in batches of 2 or 3.
2. Beat the eggs until well combined.
3. Label your freezer bag!
This is my number one rule of freezing! You may know what’s in the bag now, but it’s so easy to forget. It’s best to write the number of eggs and the date as well.
4. Pour your eggs into the freezer bag and seal.
Make sure you get as much air out of the bag as you can. You could also use a vacuum sealer if you would like.
5. Pop your bag(s) into the freezer.
Tip: Lay the bags flat to freeze so you can stack them easily. This is a great space saver.
To use your frozen eggs
While freezer bags work very well to freeze your eggs, they tend to leak during defrosting. To prevent a leaking bag, cut the bag off while the eggs are still frozen and put the eggs into a baking dish. Cover the dish and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours to overnight. The eggs will thaw quickly because they are frozen in such a thin layer.
And there you have it! Eggs that are ready to use in your recipe.
If you’re interested in other methods of preserving eggs, check out the other videos in this series.
Watch me freeze eggs in my kitchen here: