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Can you freeze eggs? This is everything you need to know

Learn how to freeze eggs and never waste an egg yolk or white again

How to freeze eggs
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Can you freeze eggs? In an nutshell, – or an eggshell rather – yes you can. Eggs can be frozen successfully and will keep fresh in the freezer for many months (some say up to a year, but we prefer to use them up within 3-4 months). There are a couple of caveats to freezing eggs: firstly, they must always be removed from their shell prior to freezing. Secondly, we don't recommend using defrosted egg whites for whisking (for making meringues, for example), as they won't give you quite the volume or stiffness you need. They will still be fine for cooking, though. 

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What happens when you freeze eggs in the shell?

Eggs expand when frozen, so if you keep the eggs in their shell (without cracking them) when freezing, you will end up with lots of bits of broken shell in your dear egg.

How do you freeze raw eggs?

This is the simplest method for freezing eggs. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them together until uniform. Transfer into an airtight container and place in your freezer. 

How to freeze egg whites

To freeze your egg whites separately, you may find it easier to transfer them into an ice cube tray one by one, then placing the ice cube tray in an airtight container or sealed freezer bag. If you don't have an ice cube tray, you can freeze multiple egg whites in the same container: just mix them together gently with a fork. 

How to freeze egg yolks

Freezing egg yolk requires a little bit more skill than freezing egg whites, because egg yolks are prone to gelling (i.e. becoming paste-like) when frozen. To prevent this from happening, beat your egg yolks together in the container you plan to freeze them in, then add half a teaspoon of salt or sugar. Voila, heres's your homemade anti-gelling agent. 

How to defrost eggs

Always defrost eggs in the fridge overnight, in the same container they were frozen in. Defrosting at room emperature could allow bacteria to grow, making the eggs unsafe to eat.