Have You Ever Tried Freezing Eggs?

Welcome to the 729th Metamorphosis Monday! A few months back, I had the electrician who added lights to my basement stairway, install a whole-house surge protector. Unfortunately, when a drywall guy gave me a quote for drywall a few weeks ago, he told me that the surge protector had to be moved, otherwise, it would get covered up by the drywall.

When I first had the surge protector installed, I told my electrician that I had plans to have drywalled installed sometime soon. When he came back out a second time to do some additional electrical work in the basement, I mentioned it again since the drywall guy had said it would need to be moved. He completed the work he was there for that day and said to just let him know when the drywall was going to be done and he’d move it. I thought it was odd that he didn’t just move it that day.

 

After the drywall was scheduled to be installed, I called the electrical company about moving the surge protector and they sent a different electrician out since my original electrician was on a two-week-long job elsewhere. Unfortunately, I had to pay again ($149) to have it moved out of the way–he put it inside the electrical panel. I’m not sure exactly where it is since you can’t see it when you open the door of the panel. I guess it’s behind that panel.

Now that the drywall is in, the original electrician is coming back out today and I will have to pay AGAIN for the surge protector to be installed somewhere in this storage room here in the basement. I’m not happy about how this process went since I told the electrician the day he first installed the surge protector that I would be having drywall added to the room in the next month or so. He casually mentioned he could move it temporarily at that time, but never mentioned all the added expense. The electrician who moved it out of the way for the drywall said during his visit that if the first electrician had not been busy when it had to be moved, he probably would have moved it at no charge, but that he had to charge me.

So learn from my experience, if you’re having an area drywalled, don’t install anything like a surge protector until after the drywall is done, even if the electrician acts like it’s no big deal to move it later. The initial cost to have the surge protector installed was quite reasonable, but after having to pay to have it moved out of the way, and now having to pay again today (he’ll be here today sometime between 11-3) to have it moved back, this has turned out to be an expensive surge protector! I’ll share a photo of where it ends up and how it looks in a future post.

Utility Room in Basement

 

Freezing Eggs

Okay, let’s get on to what I really wanted to share with you today. So you know how there’s all this talk about a possible egg shortage later this year? I have an egg almost every day for breakfast and of course, we need them for a lot of recipes. Now that I have a freezer, I started wondering if it was possible to freeze eggs for future use. I did a bit of research and read that they can be frozen. The info I found said to beat the egg first so that the yolk and white are all blended together, then they can be frozen for up to 1 year, although they are freshest if used within 3-6 months. So I decided to give it a try. To start with, I purchased a set of these Souper Cube containers. Each cube will hold around 2 tablespoons. The compartments turned out to be a bit too small to hold a large egg. I discovered that you needed around 2 ounces of space (1/4 cup) to fully hold one large egg.

 

 

Next, I purchased this silicone storage container below that was designed to freeze and store baby food. They have a 2.5 oz capacity so that sounded perfect. (Storage container is available here: Silicone Storage Container.)

 

 

I started out beating one egg at the time before pouring it into one of the little storage cups. I wondered if I could just go ahead and beat several together instead of one at a time, so I tried beating two eggs together and evenly dividing them between two compartments. That didn’t work out well at all! When I tried pouring just half the egg mixture into a cup, the WHOLE mixture tried to heave itself into the cup. Once an egg gets going, it doesn’t want to stop until it’s ALL in the cup. So I went back to just mixing and pouring one egg at a time. It didn’t take very long at all since it only takes a few seconds to mix up an egg really well. Here’s how the eggs looked in their little storage compartments.

Eggs Before Freezing

 

Here’s how they looked with the lid in place, ready to go into the freezer.

Eggs in Container, Ready to Freeze

 

I took them out this morning to see how it went.

Eggs After Freezing

 

These are Pete and Gerry’s organic free-range eggs, purchased in Publix.

Eggs after freezing, before removing from freezing cups

 

It was super easy to push each egg out of its cup. A 1-quart-size freezer bag easily held all nine eggs. I plan to keep them in the freezer for the next few months, just in case there’s a shortage and I really need an egg for a recipe. When needed, I’m guessing an egg would probably thaw overnight in the refrigerator, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to take an egg out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator a couple of days in advance of when it’s going to be needed. Have you ever tried freezing eggs? If so, how did it work?

Eggs Frozen in Freezer Bag

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks Susan, I’ve never thought about freezing eggs, interesting idea! I can’t wait to hear how they taste/work after freezing.

    • I just took one of the frozen ones and stuck in a bowl in the refrigerator to defrost it. I want to see how it looks/tastes…will def update on that soon.

  2. Elizabeth Roderick says

    I mix a carton of egg substitute with a 3\4 cup each of chopped onion and green pepper, two + cups of shredded cheese and one large bag of chopped and drained (or squeezed) spinach or 2 cartons. I bake them 350 degrees in sprayed foil cups and a cupcake pan for 30 min or so, cool and freeze. My husband takes these Egg Doobers to work for snacks. He likes salsa with them. You can add ham or other meat to them but we like them plain.

  3. I have been freezing eggs for years. When I plan on making a meringue, I will separate the whites and yolks and freeze the whites. I use the yolk in other recipes. When I am ready to make the meringue, it is easy to thaw the container of whites. A funny aside: One of my sisters had always heard my mother speak of freezing eggs. Our mother was on a trip and my sister stopped by to check on things. She noticed all the eggs in the refrigerator and decided to be helpful and freeze them so they would be fresh upon Mother’s return. She removed the eggs from the carton and carefully placed each individual egg on the freezer shelf. Naturally they burst and Mother came home to quite a mess in the freezer!! She has been teased about this incident numerous times over the years!

    • Oh my gosh, that sounds like something I would have done! I did read that you can’t freeze them in the shell when I was doing my research on how to freeze them. I wasn’t sure why so now I know! 🙂

  4. While these cups do work, I see it as an unnecessary expense. We beat 4 eggs in a bowl, pour them in a freezer bag and lay them flat in the freezer until solid. We then stand them in the freezer door. Easy peasy. Scrambled eggs for two.

    • Interesting! I’ve never thought of freezing them before until they started talking about a possible shortage. I only need 1 egg per day…for my morning egg biscuit, so I like the idea of freezing them individually. But I’m probably not going to use these at all…they will be sorta my emergency stash in case eggs are not available at all for a while. Hope that doesn’t happen!

      • I confess to being a bit of a prepper. We never ran out of toilet paper. I freeze milk, eggs, butter, bread, shredded cheese and bacon, in addition to meat, poultry, coffee cakes and ready to bake pies. We live where the Christmas Blizzard of 2022 shut down everything. We did just fine.

        • I freeze all the above as well and we never ran out of anything either. Recently Kroger reduced their milk because it was getting close to time to expire and I bought 4 gallons and froze them. Those freezers come in handy. Being a prepper I also have plenty of canned goods, coffee, tea and other things.

          • My sister was always great about that. I never thought much about it until recently but she was always well-stocked. So smart to do that, Anita!

        • Chris, how does the shredded cheese do when it is thawed. Are you able to fluff it up like cheese coming out of a bag? I freeze blocks but not shredded and I recently bought a grater and and grated up 2 lbs of block cheese. I wondered if shredded could be frozen.

          • Anita, We freeze containers of Kraft Parmesan cheese and bags of shredded Extra sharp cheddar. Both thawed with no effect 9n taste or texture. I haven’t frozen blocks because I read it would crumble when thawed. What was your experience?

            • Chris, If you grate while frozen it does fine. I just bought one of those cheese graters with a handle and 3 different sizes of grating and I haven’t tried to grate the frozen block yet but I can’t imagine that it would be any different. Hope I’m not wrong because this thing is a game changer! lol

        • Chris, I need to be more of a prepper! I will have to try the shredded cheese…it’s interesting all the items you can freeze!

  5. I’m wondering why the second electrician didn’t disconnect the surge protector until drywall was done. That is three trips to finalize installation? There is no need for a reset button? As always, good to know all the tips you provide. I’ve never tried to freeze eggs, but you did a good job showing how it can be done! And, it’s a good idea for those who bake a lot to have eggs on hand. I can’t believe the cost of a dozen eggs. Actually, the feed for the chickens has gone up and that could cause a price increase too. I’m feeding bummer lambs and the cost of a 25 lb bag of milk replacer is now $71!!!

    • Sandra D, Jol_Il says

      I watch a lady on You Tube and she’s been warning people about shortages or high costs of items. She did say feed for chickens was more than double and that was the beginning of last fall if I remember righ. They need to add that cost when selling the eggs or chickens. Also the Avian Flu caused lots of chickens to be euthanized and that was recent.

    • I think he just didn’t want to leave my house not protected. Fortunately, the guy today gave me a discount (or so he said) so that helped. I’m glad it’s finally installed in it’s little house in the wall. It turned out great where he put it. I’ll share a photo soon, as well as the other outlet I had installed while he was here.
      Wow, I hadn’t thought about feed going up…inflation has hit everything it seems. How long or far does a 25 lb bag of milk replacer last? That sounds expensive!

      • I just saw the final resting place for the surge protector. Looks good! On the milk replacer it lasts about a week and half. I am feeding 13 lambs right now. The winter storm that hit CA was bad for us and the lambs got chilled. Only one mother took a lamb back.

  6. Costco in the Woodlands, TX was out of eggs today. It’s the new toilet paper.
    Thanks for the jump on Armageddon. 🙂

  7. Wow – there’s a concept! I would never have thought of freezing eggs! Thanks for the great tip, and Happy Monday!

  8. Linda Practical Parsimony says

    I did freeze eggs when I had three hens. I froze them for their winter hiatus so I could enjoy my own eggs. I had dozens of Ball canning jars that were 2 oz, 4 oz, and 8 oz. I used five eggs for one recipe and scrambled two for me every morning. I put two eggs in a bowl, whirred them up with an electric mixer and poured them into the appropriate jar, forgot which size. I had plenty of room in the freezer, so it was not a space hog. Using jars is actually better than a plastic bag since the glass and the canning lid will not allow any air into the eggs. The jars of frozen eggs can be put into a bin if space is short. Be careful not to let the jars fall out as the jars will break. I never had one problem, though.

  9. Please tell us more about your morning egg biscuit. Do you buy or make the biscuits? What else do you put on it? Just curious…thanks!

    • When I wake up, I’m always so hungry and always want something fast and easy. So what I’ve been doing lately is picking up a half-dozen plain biscuits from McDonald’s and then I just fry an egg in a little butter with a bit of black pepper–nothing fancy. Sometimes I’ll add Boar’s Head cheddar cheese after first warming it in the pan where I just made the egg. I like McDonald’s biscuits, just not their weird-looking eggs. Update: Just realized I forgot to mention, I split the biscuit in half and toast each half in the top part of my double oven which has a toasting feature. Here’s one I made a few days from a photo I shared with a friend when we were texting each other during breakfast.

  10. Patty Brenner says

    I have my own flock of 9 hens, but have never tried freezing eggs. The hens are laying slowly right now, but should get going in the next month or two. This year I plan to try water glassing the excess we get in the spring and summer. You put fresh eggs (unfortunately you’re not supposed to do this with store bought eggs) in large buckets/crocks with water and pickling lime. The eggs should stay good for 12-18 months. I hope that I won’t have to buy any eggs in the winter with this method.

    • Sandra D, Jol_Il says

      On Gun Smoke I heard Miss Kitty say she was going to Delmonico’s because they had eggs that wasn’t water glassed. LOL I had to look it up. Later I seen a woman on You Tube show how to do it. She also said don’t do it with store bought eggs. You’re not supposed to wash the “bloom” off the outside of the egg when water glassing. Guess it’s a natural protection for them.

  11. franki Parde says

    Oh, my…I would be miffed, too!!! You might write to this Company…stinging reviews receive notice… We have numerous farms selling eggs…soon you will see “Egg trucks” delivering…franki

  12. Anita, We freeze containers of Kraft Parmesan cheese and bags of shredded Extra sharp cheddar. Both thawed with no effect 9n taste or texture. I haven’t frozen blocks because I read it would crumble when thawed. What was your experience?

  13. We buy a dozen loafs of bread at a time from Longhorn Steakhouse with butter for $10. Wrapped in foil it freezes great and is the perfect size for two people.

  14. Wow, not very professional of this company to do this to you. I feel like there are many companies that like to take advantage of women and it just gets my goat. I sure hope you can get some of that money back Susan, if not I wouldn’t do business with them again! I knew you could freeze eggs, but I’ve never done it. You can also can eggs, never done that either. Between the bird flu and Covid, I guess it might become a necessity for a while! I eat a lot of eggs too. I don’t bake as much as I did when my family was all home, or when my late husband was here….so I’m not to worried about that, but I don’t want to be without my eggs to eat! lol So might have to think about freezing them myself! Hugs, Brenda

  15. Cindy Barnett says

    Susan,

    Your eggs appear to be well mixed. I was wondering what you use to mix up just one egg. I would think most whisks would be too large.

    • I just used a salad fork and beat it for around 10 seconds in a small cereal bowl…just until it looked well-blended. A small whisk would probably work well, too.

  16. I buy Egg Beaters in a carton and freeze them.
    You know what I have to say about the surge protector ? Men ! Everytime I listen to them, I lose money. Tell guy # 1 you feel cheated and he needs to make this right or no more business.
    Side note: by visiting the blog on my phone, I get so many ads. Not tech savvy.

  17. Cyndi Raines says

    We’ll I do love eggs and am going to try this for sure. Maybe just beat two and freeze in a baggie and stand them up like mentioned above, however your version is also pretty neat. I do freeze milk in my canning jars and just take it out a day or two to thaw in the frig. I buy a lot of shreded cheese and freeze it too as I love it in my salads. My sister freezes grapes and says they are delicious. Lol, This is making me hungry!

  18. M. Karen Lovell says

    People in the food service industry know all about frozen eggs. They can be bought in quantity frozen. However, I do like the individually frozen eggs in the containers you suggest. And I have enjoyed reading the comments too.

  19. Donna Boyd says

    I wanted to thank you for all your information on freezers and the freezer with baskets. (Why would you not have baskets in every freezer?)
    So helpful to already know what I liked and the company that made it.
    Thanks again.
    Also, could remind me where you ordered your extra baskets.

  20. Susan, when I freeze eggs, prior to freezing, I put a dash of salt in each egg container for cooking, and then a dash of sugar in the egg containers I will be using for baking. Thank you for the party!

  21. Susan,
    Thanks again for hosting this charming party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it I truly appreciate it!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  22. This egg cost/shortage has been something else! I recently decided to look at the cost I’ve been paying for eggs at Walmart over the last 6 months and the fluctuation has been amazing. On July 15, I paid $3.04 per carton of Great Value Large 18 count eggs. The cost went up to $4.69 in July and August, back down to $3.22 in Sept, up to $3.46 the end of Sept and Oct. In December, the cost was $5.68 & $4.84. Last week it jumped up to $7.30! It’s crazy. Freezing eggs may very well be in my near future!

    • I know, the prices are crazy. I tried to buy eggs in Kroger today and they didn’t have any. Glinda, if you do freeze them, you may want to add a tiny pinch of salt to each egg as someone suggested in the comments. The one I unfroze today was kinda thick in consistency. I think the salt helps that. If I freeze anymore, I think I will do that.

      • Deb Nezich says

        Hi all, For those that freeze a lot of food do you also have a generator in case you lose power for an extended amount of time? I didn’t realize
        you could freeze eggs, thanks for sharing Susan. I just shared this with my daughter. They have hens and she just collected 59 eggs the other day!

        • Deb, a couple of the BNOTP readers mentioned adding a tiny bit of salt when beating up the egg before freezing it. That’s supposed to help with the texture/consistency. I thawed an egg overnight and cooked it today and it tastes great, the only thing that seemed to change was that it was a bit thicker after it defrosted. I didn’t add any salt before freezing it. Wow, 59 eggs–that’s awesome! She’s sitting on a gold mine over there! 🙂

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