Whether you buy eggs of have your own chickens, you will have those times arrive when you just seem to have more eggs than you can use.
Did you know that you can actually crack open the eggs and freeze them? In a home freezer, you can freeze eggs for up to one year.
How to Freeze Egg Whites
If you are doing a recipe that requires only the yolks, you can freeze the egg whites so that they don’t go to waste.
Just crack open the eggs and separate them one at a time, making sure that no yolk gets in the whites.
Pour the egg whites into freezer containers, seal tightly, label and freeze.
How to Freeze Egg Yolks
The egg yolks need a little special treatment when you want to freeze them as they will thicken or gel when frozen.
If you were to just put them in a freezer container they would become so gelatinous that they will be almost impossible to use in a recipe.
Instead, beat in either 1/8 teaspoon salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar or corn syrup per 1/4 cup of egg yolks (about 4 yolks).
Label the container with the number of yolks, the date, and whether you’ve added salt (for main dishes) or sweetener (for baking or desserts). Place them in the freezer.
How to Freeze Whole Eggs
It is super easy if you want to just go ahead and freeze the whole eggs but you shouldn’t do so with the shells on.
Instead, beat the eggs until they are just blended and then pour them into freezer containers, seal tightly, label and freeze.
How to Freeze Hard-boiled Eggs
You can freeze hard-boiled egg yolks if you wish to use them later for toppings or garnishes.
Carefully place the yolks in a single layer in a saucepan and add enough water to come at least 1 inch above the yolks. Cover and quickly bring them just to boiling. Remove from heat and let the yolks stand, covered, in the hot water about 12 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the yolks from the saucepan, drain them well and package them for freezing. It’s best not to freeze hard-boiled whole eggs and hard-boiled whites because they become tough and watery when frozen.
How to Use Frozen Eggs
- Leave the frozen eggs to thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw them under running cold water.
- Use egg yolks or whole eggs as soon as they’re thawed. Thawed egg whites will beat to better volume if you allow them to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Use thawed frozen eggs only in dishes that are thoroughly cooked.