Have you ever wondered if you can freeze farm fresh eggs to use in baking or cooking later on? Yes, you can! And we’ll show you the best way for easy freezing, and easy defrosting of eggs to use in breakfast casseroles, baked goods, breads and more.
Why Freeze Eggs?
Freezing eggs is the perfect way to preserve an abundance of eggs. We’ve shared many preservation methods for eggs, but freezing is a great way to store eggs that have had to be washed after coming in from the chicken coop.
Sometimes during the muddy season, the nest boxes get muddy, too. Ideally, you’ll want to keep your chicken coop nice and clean, but sometimes the weather changes this. Check out all our tips for what to do with eggs when you bring them in from the hen house.
Fun Fact: eggs have 17,000 pores on every egg. If you wash off the protective layer, you’re inviting oxygen and anything else that gets on the egg into the egg.
How to Use Frozen Eggs
Frozen eggs are perfect for making breakfast casseroles, for baking and anything else where the egg is just an ingredient. You won’t want to defrost these and fry them up to eat, they just aren’t as appetizing as a fresh egg or an egg that’s been preserved with water glassing.
How to Freeze Eggs
To freeze eggs all you need to do is crack your eggs into a bowl and scramble them extremely well. We like to freeze in quantities of six eggs, for our family this works well because there are many recipes we make that call for six eggs. But if it’s just you or maybe you and one other person, two eggs will be sufficient.
Once the eggs have been mixed well, you’ll want to put them into a labeled freezer ziplock bag. Be sure to label your bags! Once those eggs have been sitting in the freezer for six months, you won’t know if they’re eggs or pumpkin puree!
Remove all the air from the ziplock bag and close it up tightly. Lay flat to freeze. This allows you to stack multiple bags of frozen eggs in your freezer, kind of like books on a shelf.
Other Ways to Freeze Eggs
If you’re not sure just how many eggs you’ll be needing once they’re frozen, you may not want to freeze more than one egg in a container. Freezing one egg alone in a ziplock bag can get expensive and wasteful.
A great way to resolve this is to beat a dozen eggs in a bowl and then fill up an ice cube tray. You can count up how many cubes those twelve eggs fill and know exactly how many cubes equal one egg.
I like to aim for 24 cubes so I know two cubes equals one egg. I’ll mark my large ziplock bag to say “Frozen Eggs: 2 cubes = 1 egg” and I’m ready for the next time I need to bake, but don’t have fresh eggs on hand.
A Tip on Defrosting Eggs
I notice when freezing eggs in ziplock bags that the bags are almost always airtight with no leaks. However, after having been frozen, I find that each bag ends up with a hole. To avoid a mess on the counter or on the refrigerator shelf, I like to remove the ziplock bag from the frozen eggs and defrost the eggs in a baking dish.
The eggs usually defrost in just a few hours in the fridge, I like to take them out the night before and defrost them overnight in the refrigerator.
If you’re in a rush to have your eggs and you’ll be baking with them right away, you can always place your eggs in a glass dish, then place that dish in a larger dish of warm water.
Looking for great ways to use up your frozen eggs? Grab my FREE downloadable recipes for my favorite breakfast casseroles! These are recipes my family enjoys month after month, all year long. We hope you’ll enjoy them, too.