When overloaded with eggs from a recent sale or from your own chickens, there are several preservation methods available to you. It’s up to you to decide which one works best for you, but this method, freezing eggs, is the quickest method if you’re in a hurry to get things done!
How to Freeze Eggs
How to Freeze Whole Eggs
Learn how to freeze eggs without breaking them. You can freeze an egg by placing it into an ice cube tray. The issue is finding the exact right size to contain the whole egg content. I’ve been experimenting and still haven’t found a modern ice cube tray that will fit an entire large egg (whole or scrambled), yet, without spilling into the next compartment. But doing a muffin tin works (see below)! And it looks pretty cool!
Freeze ‘scrambled’ eggs
As with the whole egg, doing a quick whisk to scramble an egg and then pour into a container to freeze is super easy. Be sure not to whisk too heartily because you don’t want a bunch of air incorporated into your egg. Not only does this mess with freezer quality (air is your enemy when it comes to freezing), it messes with the volume of what you’re storing, so a compartment won’t actually contain a full egg.
Note: Some will say 1 egg = 1 ice cube compartment. But that’s only accurate if you can test that beforehand. You must test your particular ice cube trays to find out how much they hold, then make a notation of that for your freezer. You’ll also have to make note what size egg you are using. Large eggs will be more than medium eggs, etc.
You can store just egg whites or just egg yolks if you like, but as with any egg, make sure to test the actual volume before assuming. The government has a general size structure that can help you determine that most large eggs will be fairly equal (as well as most medium eggs are about the same size) for commercial eggs, but if you’re using home farmed eggs, you may not be able to determine in exactly the same way. Even within the commercial eggs, though, don’t always assume.
These measurements are based off a generalized large egg size and are approximate measurements:
- 1 large egg = 3 tablespoons of liquid egg
- 1 large egg white = 2 tablespoons of liquid
- 1 large egg yolk = 1 tablespoon of liquid
How to Freeze Eggs in Muffin Tins
I happen to LOVE freezing my eggs in muffin tins. This way, I don’t really have to wonder if it will fit since most muffin tins are in standard sizes. One large egg will not fit into a mini-muffin, but it will fit into a regular sized muffin tin.
- I usually scramble up 1 egg and pour into a small measuring cup then pour into my tin.
- Once I have a visual of how much to fill the tin, I scramble the rest of the eggs I want to freeze and fill the rest of the muffin areas with the egg mixture.
- Then I pop into the freezer to allow them to freeze for a few hours before storing.
- Run under the faucet for a few moments, then use a fork or knife to gently pry them out. Don’t do this too long or the eggs begin to thaw.
Tip: From a reader, Karen, use a silicon muffin tray and the egg pucks pop right out!
I don’t usually use a vacuum sealer to freeze my egg patties. I just quickly pop them into a freezer bag, suck out the air to keep them from getting freezer burn, then double bag it.
These will usually keep about six months.
How to Freeze Eggs Dishes
This, to me, is a super easy way to freeze eggs and have them ready to use make quiches, freeze them, then thaw and pour into a pie crust or use for a crustless quiche or fritatta and you’re good to go! The only issue will be not using milk or cream as fat doesn’t often freeze well, but if you’re only using a small amount, it will be okay.
Remember, texture can change after an egg is thawed, and most folks will say that frozen eggs aren’t good for creating a breakfast on their own, but are great incorporated into dishes where they are no longer the star. Try it out for yourself, though!
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