How To Successfully Freeze Eggs
The last thing on my mind after buying the farm, was learning how to freeze eggs. Don’t get me wrong, I did have some grandiose plans… I’d gather fresh eggs from my chickens, put honey on my toast from my bees, and freeze or can the food grown in our garden.
Four years later, we’ve planted a garden three times. Between putting it in the wrong spot, moving it the next year and everything drowning because of the wet spring and summer, and last year the deer and other varmints enjoying some good eatin’… I’ve decided I’ll buy from the Farmer’s Market.
The bees have certainly done their part… we’ve collected honey twice from their hive and they just continue to rebuild and make more honey.
Once we settled in and got the chicken coop ready, I did intense research, settled on which varieties of chickens I wanted, and ordered 24 baby chicks.
It took, what seemed forever, a long wait until the chicks grew enough to start producing eggs. There were blue ones, green ones, little ones, big ones… lots of eggs everywhere! I sold some, gave some away, and they just kept coming, 8-10 every day. When we determined for sure which were roosters, we culled them, leaving us with 19 hens.
During the day, the chickens free range in the pasture and around the yard, but they roost in the chicken house. Everything was going great, until… over about a year’s time, and in broad daylight, we’ve lost all but 5 to the foxes and wolves.
The remaining hens still produce, but there have been several days when there were no eggs at all. And even the fake ceramic eggs in the nesting boxes started to disappear.
We had a problem…
We definitely had a problem, but didn’t know what kind of varmint it was. Hubby set up his deer cam in the coop and we watched. Sure enough, the following evening, the cam caught a possum stealing an egg out of the nesting box! We set a live trap, caught him the very next night, and turned him loose in the woods behind the house. We did find the hole he had used to get in the coop and made sure it was plugged really well.
Well, problem solved…
Not exactly! A few days later, we found this fellow in one of the nesting boxes.
He was “permanently” re-located! But I do look, very carefully, before I reach in the nest to get the eggs…lol
How long will eggs stay “fresh”?
Now that we’re back to getting more eggs than I can use every day…is there a way to preserve them for later when the hens stop laying?
The “homesteaders” say, that as long as an egg hasn’t been washed, it can be left out at room temperature for at least a month before it goes bad. And, I remember Granny’s eggs being in a wire basket on the counter. Evidently, just before laying an egg, Mother Nature adds a protective layer called “egg bloom” to the outside of the egg. It seals the shell pores, and prevents bacteria from getting inside the eggshell… it gives the egg a longer “shelf life”.
And before you ask… yes, the commercial eggs, even the ones labeled organic or free range, that you buy at the grocery store have been washed several times. (If you buy eggs from an individual… ask if the eggs have been washed and if they have been, keep them refrigerated or freeze them immediately.)
Back to ways to preserve eggs…
Pack eggs: You can pack your eggs in salt, or rub them with lard, or grease. This is supposed to clog the porous eggshell and make it airtight, which should keep the eggs from aging as fast. But the results on that method is all over the board as to whether it works or not… so I don’t recommend that.
Water-glassing eggs: You store the fresh eggs in water infused with a chemical called sodium silicate. But that, keeps the eggs from being boiled later because the chemical makes the shells soft. And if you’re needing to whip the egg whites… they won’t ever get fluffy no matter how long you beat them. The worst part, to me, is that you risk ingesting some of sodium silicate because the shells are so soft and porous. OK… forget that idea!
Freeze eggs: Another method, and the one I settled on, is to freeze them! I have 3 freezers and it’s super easy to do… so I freeze my extra eggs.
If you’re going to freeze eggs, then using washed eggs doesn’t matter since you’re freezing them without their shell.
I freeze the yolks and whites together. You can freeze them separately, but I’ve never had any luck using the yolks after they thaw.
Don’t even try to freeze an egg in the shell. They’ll expand and break… same as freezing a can of coke. You’d have an exploded mess all over the freezer. Ask me how I know that!
How To Freeze Eggs
Crack 2 eggs in a glass dish (I use a Pyrex measuring cup with a pour spout). You could crack as many eggs as you want… but I’ve found that 2 eggs at a time is most convenient.
When you freeze eggs, you don’t want extra air in the mixture, so GENTLY stir the yolks and whites together.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the egg mix. (This helps stabilize the yolk when it’s thawed.) Be sure to mark the label “2 eggs with 1/4 t. salt”, so if needed, you can adjust the salt in your recipe accordingly.
Pour the egg mixture into a freezer safe container. I use mason jars, and flash freeze them, then put the lids on the jars after the mixture is frozen. I haven’t ever had any problem with breakage, but you could use plastic containers like these if you prefer.
You can also pour the egg mixture into ice trays… do a single egg with just a pinch of salt at a time. Once they’re frozen, pop them out and store in an air tight container or zip lock baggie until you need one… or several. If you use ice trays to freeze eggs, then don’t ever use the tray to make ice again.
When you freeze eggs and keep the container they’re stored in closed… they’ll last about a year. Just be sure to label and date your container. Trust me. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve found something in the freezer that I haven’t a clue what it was or how long it’s been there.
Let the eggs thaw in the refrigerator before you use them. I take mine out the night before.
Do you freeze eggs? Have you ever had problems using them after they’ve been frozen?