Most of us have been in the position of having a big amount of extra eggs. But can you freeze egg if you don’t plan on using within the 14 days they can last in the refrigerator?
Can You Freeze Eggs? Yes, and No, there are some precautions you need to take in order to be able to freeze your eggs. One is you CAN NOT freeze eggs with the shell on.
Below i will go more into detail on the different ways you freeze and thaw your eggs and also on how you can check to se if your eggs a still good enough for eating.
Can we freeze eggs in the shell?
No. Remember that the eggs with the shell must never be frozen, there are three reasons for this
The first is that egg white and yolk freezing dilate and break the shell,
The second reason is that yolk and egg white not to be ruined with the action of the cold they need stabilizers
The third and not least reason is that the shell can be highly contaminating (even more than the internal components of the eggs) and therefore it is better to eliminate it and wash your hands immediately without touching tools and containers.
This obviously applies even when the eggs are not to be frozen, it is always a very important hygienic rule.
How do you freeze raw eggs?
If we want to freeze them whole we must first break them in a bowl after which beat them in order to mix them, the yolks must be broken and the mixture remains homogeneous, taking care not to incorporate too much air into the mixture obtained. (Video Explanation Below)
Raw yolk tends to become gelatinous when frozen, while mixed with egg white it tends to become grainy; to prevent this granularity we can add another ingredient based on how you intend to use the mixture in the future.
How to Freeze whole Eggs
If you cook them alone or in a savory dish, add half a teaspoon of salt for every 240 ml of raw eggs. If you will use them in sweet recipes, mix a spoon and a half of sugar, honey or corn syrup. Once the procedure is complete, use a colander or a setting to filter it thus improving its homogeneity.
Now, you can safely freeze the product in the freezer inside of a safe container or Ziploc bag and remember to leave a little space, at least 0.5 inches (1,25cm) between the egg and the lid.
This is because the egg, like all food rich in water, tends to undergo a process of expansion when they undergo freezing.
Once finished, you will have to close the lid and label it very well, since if the compound can last for several months, it is always better not to trust memory alone. We will, therefore, write the label on the exact date on which you have frozen the eggs, the number of frozen eggs and the “anti-granularity” ingredient you used.
The eggs should be fine for up to 6 months in a fridge type freezer, and one year in a deep freezer.
How to Freeze Egg Yolk
What if we wanted to freeze the egg yolk separately from the egg white? Well, obviously this is also possible.
After being able to drop the egg white in one bowl and then the yolk in another, you must mix the yolks with another ingredient that will prevent the yolks from becoming gelatinous with freezing (unless the compound you will use must be gelatinous for a particular type of dish).
If you will use them for a savory dish, add half a teaspoon of salt for every 240 ml of yolks.If you will use them in sweet recipes, mix a spoon and a half of sugar, honey or corn syrup.
Once you have mixed, you just have to freeze it, here the precautions are always the same regarding the container, the closure, and space between the compound and the lid, as well as the same as regards the label. At least 0.5 inches (1,25cm) between the egg and the lid.
How to Freeze Egg White
As for the egg whites, once we have mixed them delicately we can freeze them. Unlike the yolks, the egg whites do not require any addition of particular ingredients. If the mixture is too lumpy and uneven we can sift it with a strainer. more regarding container, lid, space, and label.
How Long Can Eggs Be Frozen?
|Deep Freezer||Fridge Freezer|
|Whole Mixed Egg||10-12 months||6 Months|
|Egg Yolk||10-12 months||6 Months|
|Egg White||10-12 months||6 Months|
Some say that their eggs inn the Fridge Freezer are still good after a year. But I find that there are a lot of different types so make sure you know how cold your fridge freezer can go and be stable before trying to store longer.
Can you freeze eggs cooked?
Cooked eggs can also be frozen, therefore not only raw ones. However, know that while the yolks once thawed have an unaltered taste, this does not apply to the egg whites, which do not have a pleasant taste at all if they are put in the freezer after cooking because they are affected by the thermal shock.
From now on when you need an egg, just open the freezer drawer and defrost it and then use it.
How do you thaw And Use frozen eggs?
Can eggs be used after been frozen? Yes, if frozen and thawed correctly. Below I will describe how you need to thaw correctly.
You must let it thaw in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours or, if you are in a hurry, let it thaw (in the closed container) in warm water.
|Using Frozen Eggs|
|Whole Mixed Egg||Substitute 3 tbsp thawed whole egg |
for 1 large fresh egg
|Egg White||Substitute 2 tbsp thawed egg white|
for 1 large fresh white
|Egg Yolk||Substitute 1 tbsp thawed egg yolk|
for 1 large fresh egg
Another rule of fundamental importance that you need to know is that frozen eggs are used only for cooked dishes, for tiramisu and other preparations in which the eggs remain raw DON’T use frozen eggs. Use fresh or pasteurized.
Also, remember to thaw the eggs overnight in the refrigerator. Whether they are raw or cooked, it is best to bring them gradually to a temperature above zero in a cold place like the refrigerator.
In this way, you avoid being contaminated by bacteria. Any place with a temperature above 39F can jeopardizes food safety during defrosting. You can speed up the process by placing the container under cold running water.
Never add the frozen eggs directly in a frying pan, or add the frozen eggs to a directly into a dish, use thawed eggs only in dishes that will be well cooked.
When cooking, the internal temperature of thawed eggs must get to at least 160F, if you don’t have a food thermometer, cook the eggs for a long time and at high temperatures.
You can also find some recipes that use egg whites and yolks separately. If you have more yolks, prepare a custard, ice cream or scrambled eggs. If you have a lot of egg whites you can make a glaze, a meringue or an angel cake.
Can I freeze hard-boiled eggs?
No, not really, the cooked egg white becomes hard, chewy and wet when it is frozen and therefore it is not at all pleasant to eat.
That is why I would advise only saving the yolk of the hardboiled egg. Follow the process here in the video and the cooked yolks will keep for 12 months in the freezer.
How to keep fresh eggs?
It all depends on the type of egg and its origin. By this i mean are they store-bought or are they “Home Grown”
How To Keep Store-Bought Eggs?
American egg breeders prefer to subject the eggs to a “disinfectant wash” which also hides many contraindications and therefore, to counter these further deficiencies, the State requires that immediately after the disinfectant treatment the eggs are even put in a refrigerated area at no more than 45F, and at this temperature, they must remain until the moment of being eaten.
In Short – The eggs you buy in the stores have been washed so that a lot of the normal protective abilities the eggs have is lost. Therefore you need to keep it in the fridge and the eggs will not last as long.
So when you buy your eggs in the supermarket, it is highly recommended you place them inside the refrigerator (keeping them closed inside their wrapping, better if they are made of cardboard and not on the inside of the door) in order to reduce, through the cold, any minimal possibility
How Is Eggs Stored In Other Countries?
In other countries such as Italy, efforts are made to prefer a farm on the ground and vaccination of hens against salmonella, choices that manage to “keep away” this bacterium fairly well “a priori”.
It is for this reason that in Italian supermarkets we find them exposed at room temperature; because precisely, in the overwhelming percentage of cases, the eggs are healthy. It is, therefore, better to always keep them at room temperature and let the natural defenses present in the eggshell do their job.
How To Keep “Home Grown” Eggs
Water glassing is a long-standing historical method that is very easy and very effective. This is by far the best way to store the eggs from your own chickens at home.
How to Water Glass Eggs?
The video below shows you how to use the cheap and readily available hydrated lime (also known as pickling lime and slacked lime) to easily store your eggs for up to 2 years without refrigeration! This is a historical food preservation method that has been used for centuries to keep eggs fresh.
You will need the following items:
how to test if an egg is bad?
If you are not sure of the freshness of the egg you are going to eat or cook, here are some simple tricks and practical tricks to understand if it is actually still fresh or it is better to throw it away.
- Place the egg in a glass full of salted water (about two tablespoons of salt); if the egg goes to the bottom it will mean that it is still fresh, if instead it remains floating on the surface then it is better to avoid consuming it. If it remains halfway between the surface and the bottom, it is still edible even if it is no longer fresh. (Check Video Below)
- Another practical trick is to check the yolk after the egg has broken; if it unravels or breaks easily, or is not placed in the center of the egg white, this means that the product is no longer fresh. (Check Video Below)
- It is also possible to understand the freshness of an egg by looking at it against the light; if through the shell we can see the yolk in the center, then this means that the egg is good.
- Finally, another method is that by shaking the egg; if holding it between your fingers and moving it quickly up and down you will feel the internal yolk banging strongly against the shell, this can probably mean that the egg white has become too watery and therefore the egg is no longer fresh.
How long do eggs stay good?
Eggs can be considered absolutely fresh up to a week after their laying. This is also the period when it is recommended to consume them raw, for example, to drink them or make eggnog. Remember also that the eggs should be washed only and only a moment before their actual consumption.
Subsequently, the eggs begin to age but remain absolutely edible without any problem even for the following two weeks; therefore, in total, we can say that an egg remains edible for human consumption in complete safety for about 21 days from its laying (up to a maximum of 28 days).
The reason this is longer than the 14 days advised to keep them in the fridge is the transportation time from the farm to the store and home to you.
Technically, the eggs don’t expire. This means that we could eat them even a few days later, but without exaggerating with the timing.
This applies to raw eggs: for cooked eggs, if stored correctly, you can earn even a few more days.
In theory, the difference between the expiration date and the minimum storage period lies in the fact that after the date is over, there is a greater risk of bacterial proliferation, so much so that food safety is not guaranteed and health risks increase.
However, it is better not to venture to eat eggs that have expired three days or more, especially if eaten fresh. It is not always said, in fact, that expired eggs are still good. But remember to do the tests shown above you you are in any doubt about the condition of your eggs.