Can You Freeze Eggs?


Can you freeze eggs?


Yes, you can freeze eggs.
But, yes there’s a but, they must be handled slightly first in order to prevent problems. Shell eggs (an egg still in its shell) should NOT be frozen.

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Can You Freeze Eggs?

Instructions to Freeze Eggs

While many people may wonder why someone would even want to freeze eggs, people who raise chickens know exactly why this procedure is desirable. While there are dry spells in egg production, there are also times when far more eggs are produced than can possibly be used. Freezing is a handy way to save these eggs for a longer period of time in order to always have eggs on hand.

Freezing eggs is simple, but make sure it’s done right or it can spell disaster.
Following are directions for the safest way to freeze eggs:

  1. Crack the eggs into a freezer safe container.
    Remember, never freeze eggs that are still in their shell (more info on this below).
  2. Stir, but do not whip, the eggs so that the yolks and whites are mixed.
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  4. Cover and freeze the container.
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Precautions when Freezing Eggs

  • Do not freeze eggs in their shells as the liquid inside will expand while freezing and will most likely crack the shell, making it unusable.

  • Also, fresh egg shells are porous so freezer smells and nearby ingredient odors can be absorbed into the egg making it undesirable (even if the shell doesn’t crack).

  • Be sure to use freezer safe containers or freezer safe bags when freezing eggs.

  • The shelf life of frozen eggs can be up to one year in the freezer.
  • To Thaw Frozen Eggs

    Place the frozen egg container into the refrigerator overnight.

    can you freeze eggs

    Do not try to defrost frozen eggs in the microwave because that ends up with an overcooked white and a still frozen yolk.

    If whole eggs in the shell freeze accidentally, are they safe?
    Shell eggs (an egg still in its shell) should not be frozen.
    If an egg accidentally freezes and the shell becomes cracked during freezing, then discard the egg.
    However, if the egg did not crack, then thaw it in the refrigerator as soon as possible after freezing according to the above directions. After thawing, it can be successfully hard cooked. Other uses for a previously frozen whole egg are limited because freezing causes the yolk to become thick and syrupy, so it will not flow like an unfrozen yolk or blend well with the egg white. [1].

    Can You Freeze Eggs?

    Additional Info

    There are plenty of other foods that either freeze badly or with varying degrees of success. If interested, try exploring some of our other posts on freezing questionable items including canned goods, milk, cheese, butter, tomatoes, potatoes and yogurt.

    To find out how long eggs last, see our egg page.

    To find out how long other foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search function below.

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