Where would we be without eggs? No light meringues, no airy mousses, no dippy eggs and soldiers and no fry-ups. But can you store eggs in the freezer if you’ve got an abundance of them?
Can You Freeze Eggs?
Yes, you can freeze eggs for up to 6 months. Uncooked eggs freeze far better than cooked egg dishes such as an omelette. You can also freeze eggs in their individual white and yolk components.
Do Eggs Freeze Well? Sometimes
Can You Refreeze Eggs? No
No, freezing eggs in their shell can be dangerous. Instead, if you want to freeze whole eggs, you should remove them from the shells to freeze.
Yes, it is possible to freeze some forms of cooked eggs. Scrambled eggs are one of the best forms of cooked egg you can freeze.
Our Tips for Freezing Eggs
If you want things to go well when freezing eggs then, in our experience, you’ll want to follow some basic tips:
Never Freeze in the Shell
Although they may be minor, cracks can form when you freeze eggs in the shell. Those tiny, minute cracks can let air in which can allow bacteria to form in your eggs shells without you knowing about it.
Freeze In Portions
To avoid having to refreeze or discard eggs you don’t use, try to freeze your egg in portions so you can defrost a portion at a time easily.
Use Salt and Sugar for Yolks
The yolk can form a gel when frozen which is why adding salt (for savoury yolks) and sugar (for sweet yolks) is a great way to prevent this gel from forming.
Don’t Add Anything to the White
The opposite is true for egg whites. Don’t add anything to egg whites such as sugar, icing sugar or vinegar. Instead, add these to the egg whites once they have thawed.
How Long Can You Freeze Eggs?
Provided that you store your eggs safely and try to prevent any air from getting to them in the freezer then you should be good to keep them stored for up to 6 months.
After around 3 months, there is a chance that the texture will change somewhat so bear that in mind.
As always, it’s highly recommended that you label your frozen eggs with the date they should be consumed so you can plan ahead and avoid any unwanted wastage.
Eggs can last for between 3 and 5 weeks in the fridge. Leftover cooked eggs will keep for around 4 days in the fridge.
How Do You Defrost Eggs?
You should always go with a slow and steady approach to avoid bacterial contamination. This means you need to take your eggs out of the freezer and place them into the fridge to thaw overnight.
Do you try and speed this up as there is a risk that you invite bacteria in.
All forms of egg must be fully thawed before cooking – never cook your eggs from frozen.
Can You Refreeze Eggs?
As with most food items, we would strongly advise against refreezing eggs. You’ll notice the texture is completely off and there is also a risk that between freezing, thawing and refreezing that bacteria can grow on your egg.
Instead, try to only thaw the amount of egg you need at a time.
Do Eggs Freeze Well?
This is a tricky question to answer as they can freeze well. It all comes down to how they are frozen, their form, and how long they have been frozen.
Because you will usually beat the eggs either before or after freezing, you shouldn’t notice too much of a texture change.
The good news is that the flavour should also remain the same when you freeze whole eggs, egg whites or egg yolks.
The texture and flavour will change, however, if you freeze cooked eggs products such as scrambled eggs.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing eggs or eggs in general, then these may help:
You can freeze scrambled eggs! Simply take your cooked scrambled eggs, allow them to cool and then portion them into freezer bags. Seal them up, squeeze out as much of the air as possible and then store them in the freezer. It’s that easy!
In terms of whether it’s possible and safe then yes, you can freeze boiled eggs. Having said that, we would advise against it. The texture can become rubbery. They can also become watery in parts.
Yes, raw eggs can be frozen but they will need to be removed from the shell first. If freezing the whole egg or yolks then whisk beforehand. If freezing the whites then freeze them unwhisked.