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Frozen Eggs

By January 10, 2010

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Eggs being defrosted.

With so much of the country in a deep freeze (welcome to my world!), I thought a little bit of information on freezing and, well, unfreezing, eggs might be of use. There are a couple of ways eggs end up frozen: either intentionally, when you have a summer surplus, or unintentionally, when the temps are low enough for them to freeze (and crack) in the nest boxes before you collect them.

If you're like me (actually my daughter, who has the egg-collecting responsibility around here), there are definitely days when it's zero degrees and the eggs are frozen when you get them. This morning I wanted to make waffles and had only one unfrozen, freshly laid egg and two frozen-solid ones.

It's easy to defrost them. Just wash them really well, peel off the shell, and put the frozen eggs in a zip bag or a glass jar if you prefer not to heat plastic. Place the bag or jar in a container of hot water, and let them sit for about five minutes. If you have time or are really impatient, you can keep changing the water or just let hot tap water run over the bag for a bit. I also like to smush the yolks through the bag with my fingers because they take longer to defrost than the whites, and this way I can help things along a bit.

Do frozen eggs work as well as fresh? Well, almost. I don't know if I'd bake a souffle with them, nor have I tried, but they certainly work fine as scrambled eggs or in basic baked goods.

If you have a summer surplus, you can freeze egg yolks and whites separately if you plan to use them separately later, or just gently stir yolks and whites together and place in a container. I label the container with the number of eggs I put in so I know later, and I will do things like freeze two eggs separately so that I can take them out and scramble them up for breakfast, or freeze nine or a dozen so I can use a large quantity if I so desire.

When defrosting summer eggs, use the same method: place the container in a hot water bath. Or, even better, take them out the night before and defrost them in the refrigerator. The microwave doesn't work so well, in my experience - mainly because the whites will cook while the yolks are still defrosting.

Comments

November 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(1) MaryB says:

I find myself in that same situation…I was going to bake a pecan pie and find my eggs frozen. My cuz says that I can’t use frozen eggs, one expert says that they don’t blend well once frozen whole like this, now your saying that they might be ok in baked goods.
So baked as in pie too? I’ll put them in the fridge to thaw and wait for some answers. I sure hope they are can be. I need to get more anyways though.

July 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm
(2) Dave says:

I agree! Frozen egg whites loose there consistency

October 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(3) Diane R says:

The problem with this technique is that you are using a plastic bag, which will seep toxins when heated. These toxins have been linked to breast cancer and other problems. How about a glass jar?

October 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm
(4) dann says:

I tried to make a flan with frozen eggs. From someone whom has made 1,000′s of flans, frozen eggs does not work. Oh, the flans eventually came out, they were heavy rather than light as they should be.

January 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm
(5) Martin D says:

Good Information. The “girls”, (chickens) don’t lay on command. Go figure. So during the cold months I rarely get to the eggs before they freeze enough to crack the egg just a bit.
The membrane under the shell is still intact so I was wondering if everything was okay. For those that just throw them away and don’t know, the shell loses the stress as they thaw and in most cases you would be hard pressed to find the cracks afterwards.

September 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(6) Crystal says:

I use frozen egg whites to make angel food cake a lot. It works quite well, no problems with getting the consistency I need

March 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm
(7) Denise says:

Thanks k you so much! I just used your method and I have perfect sunny side up eggs! So glad that I didn’t toss them out.

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