Since the start of the Coronavirse pandemic outbreak, life has not been the same. Since the outbreak, it can be hard to find eggs in the stores. And when you do find eggs, you often will buy eggs in bulk, that then could not be used in full, because of their shelf life. So you may need to make the eggs last as long as you can.
Did you know that you can freeze eggs? It’s very easy to do. Freezing eggs is not a new concept. My grandparents did it for many years to preserve eggs. And it doesn’t take very much time to do. A dozen eggs can be prepared to be frozen in less than 15 minutes.
Here is what you need:
- Sandwich size or larger ziploc®bags – you can get them at the local grocery store like Walmart.
- A bowl and a fork – this is to mix the eggs.
- Eggs – does not matter if they are home/farm fresh or store-bought.
The first thing you have to do is decide how many bags you want in terms quantity – one egg, two eggs or more per bag. One has to consider when you do unfreeze the eggs, that one does not have to unfreeze eggs unduly. The reason I say one egg or two eggs is because some recipes call for one egg while other recipes may call for two eggs (when I do this, I make four bags of one egg and four bags of two eggs – from a dozen eggs). You can also do this with just egg-whites.
Procedure to prepare eggs to be frozen:
- Crack the eggs into a bowl.
- Use a fork and blend the eggs until they are all blended together.
- Now pour the eggs into a Ziploc®bag.
- Try to squeeze all the air out of the bag as you can before zipping it shut. It is okay if a little air is left.
- After you have the Ziploc®bag closed, you can put them directly into the freezer – they will last up to 1 year.
How to use frozen eggs:
- The easiest way is to take a bag out of the freezer and lay the bag on the counter for 30 minutes.
- If you wish to use it faster, you can take lukewarm water and put it into the bowl and put the bag with the eggs in it. It should be thawed in about 10 minutes. “Lukewarm” means between 98 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do NOT use hot water. Hot water could cook them.
- DO NOT microwave them – that will cook them, and they will no longer be raw to use in your recipes.
In the US, eggs are considered a perishable item. This means they must be kept in the refrigerator to prevent them from going bad. However, eggs can last for a surprisingly long time when they’re stored properly. In the U.S. and certain other countries, including Australia, Japan, Sweden, and the Netherlands, eggs require refrigeration. This is because eggs in these countries are washed and sanitized soon after they are laid in an attempt to prevent contamination with Salmonella, the bacteria often responsible for food poisoning from poultry products.
This chart explains how long eggs can be stored before going bad or becoming so low in quality (taste and texture) that it’s best to throw them out:
|In-shell egg, fresh||Less than 2 hours in the U.S., Japan, Australia, Sweden or the Netherlands; 1–3 weeks in other countries||4–5 weeks||Not recommended|
|Raw egg yolks||Less than 2 hours||2–4 days||1 year for the best quality|
|Raw egg whites||Less than 2 hours||2–4 days||1 year for the best quality|
|Hard-boiled egg||Less than 2 hours||1 week||Not recommended|
|Egg substitute or pasteurized liquid eggs||Less than 2 hours||10 days unopened, 3 days after opening||Up to 1 year for best quality; not recommended if opened|
|Eggnog||Less than 2 hours||3–5 days if bought, 2–4 days if homemade||6 months; not recommended to freeze homemade eggnog|
|Casseroles||Less than 2 hours||3–4 days||2–3 months once baked|
|Pies or quiches||Less than 2 hours||3–4 days||1–2 months once baked; not recommended for pies with custard filling|
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