Can You Freeze Eggs? The Answer is Yes!
Chicken owners are all aware of the concept of chicken math. For those unfamiliar, this is a description of the phenomena a lot of chicken lovers face when they get chickens. What starts as a flock of a few, turns into dozens. And when you have that many hens, you are going to end up with more eggs than you can eat. There’s no way around it. Egg storage will become very important. Many find themselves asking the question “can you freeze eggs?”
With the current worldwide crisis, many chicken farmers are looking for a way to store eggs for long term use so they can conserve as much as possible for as long as possible. The quickest and easiest solution is freezing eggs, but it needs to be done correctly. This is a great way to save eggs for that time of year when hens aren’t laying, which is a huge bonus for those trying to be fully self-sufficient.
How to Freeze Eggs
The process is simple and all you need is a silicone or plastic mold of some kind, ice cube trays work best. Just crack the eggs into the molds, no need to add the oil first. Then, simply freeze and when they’re frozen remove them from the tray and store them in a freezer bag. This makes it easy to take out exactly how many eggs you need to cook!
You never just want to freeze eggs whole in the shell because they’ll crack when they freeze, leaving you picking shell pieces out of them before cooking, something that doesn’t sound like fun at all.
There are of course other ways to deal with an egg overload including selling or giving them away. For those who are savvy enough to watch out for good deals in the supermarket, this method also works for store-bought eggs. So if you find them cheap, stock up and store them in the freezer!
But, What About Egg Quality?
The best part, the freezing doesn’t change quality like it can for other foods. You can use your eggs however you would normally after thawing, including a traditional fry cook!
For those who use a lot of recipes with the yolk and white separated, just do so before freezing and store in separate bags! These eggs can be used in pretty much any recipe, including meringues. Hard boiling would be a bit tricky but perhaps doable with some heat-safe plastic wrap and rubber bands.
Frozen eggs are good for a year so this is the perfect solution for making that plentiful harvest last year-round. Or next time you see a sale at the supermarket, go crazy and buy as many as you can fit in your freezer! Without shells and containers, that may be quite a lot.