Can You Freeze Eggs?

In a word: yes. But it’s important to follow a few rules.

May 01, 2020
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Why yes, it is possible to freeze eggs. So the next time they’re on sale at the supermarket, feel free to stock up and then follow the tips below.

Can I Freeze Whole (Raw) Eggs In Their Shells?

When you think about freezing eggs, freezing whole eggs shells and all is probably what comes to mind. But we recommend that you do not do this. Here’s why. First, because eggs are liquid, they expand when they freeze and crack their shells, exposing the interiors to freezer burn and turning into a gloopy shell-studded mess when thawed. Second, whole eggs yolks don’t freeze well — they thicken into an unappealing gelatinous mass.

What’s the Best Way to Freeze Whole Eggs?

Crack them out of those shells! Then lightly whisk the yolks and whites together until just combined and transfer them to a resealable freezer bag. Yes, you must mix together the yolk and the white. Consider these your future scrambled eggs and omelets. Next, label and date that bag and freeze it flat. To thaw, transfer to the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready to cook with the eggs, use this equation: 3 tablespoons = 1 whole egg.

The Best Way to Freeze Egg Whites

Great news: Egg whites freeze remarkably well. So if you’re baking with egg yolks, save those leftover whites in the freezer. Here’s how. Simply transfer the whites to a resealable freezer bag, label/date it and freeze it flat. Thaw them in the fridge overnight and then use this equation: 2 tablespoons egg whites = 1 large egg white. Alternatively, if you’d rather freeze egg whites in individual portions, freeze them in an ice cube tray. Once they’re solid, transfer them to a resealable freezer bag.

How to Freeze Egg Yolks (Listen Carefully)

You might be saying to yourself, “Wait what, they just said it wasn’t possible to freeze egg yolks!” But listen up, if you’re freezing egg yolks on their own (maybe you made an egg white scramble and have some yolks leftover), there’s a smart hack you can use. Per every four yolks, whisk in a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of salt. The salt prevents the yolks from gelatinizing. Then stash those yolks in an airtight freezer bag, the usual. Thaw in the fridge overnight when you want to use them. 1 tablespoon = 1 large egg yolk.

Can You Freeze Cooked Eggs?

We don’t recommend freezing hard-boiled eggs because they lose their structure and weep water when they thaw. However, any iteration of scrambled eggs or frittatas will hold up quite well. Case in point: Ree Drummond’s Freezer Breakfast Panini, which are built with a thick layer of scrambled eggs before going into the freezer.

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