Can egg yolks go in the fridge?

In this brief text we will provide the answer to the question: “Can egg yolks go in the fridge?”. In addition, we will explain how to freeze egg yolks, egg whites and whole eggs;

Can egg yolks go in the fridge?

Yes, egg yolks can go in the fridge. You can place the yolks in a clean, airtight container in the fridge. This way the spawns will last approximately 4 days. Take care that they don’t dry out and open the airtight container only when you are going to use them.

Ideally, the yolk should be stored at the top of the refrigerator, as it is cooler. Food spoils very easily and you have to be very careful. Remember not to pop the yolk and store it for a day in an airtight container.

If you prefer, you can freeze this food for up to two months following the following steps: just separate the yolk from the white, pierce the yolk with a pointed object, beat it lightly with a fork, add a pinch of salt so that the yolk does not become pasty and freeze the egg yolks. If using frozen egg yolks in a sweet recipe, replace the salt with sugar.

How to freeze egg yolks?

To freeze the yolks you will need to add sugar or salt, so you first need to decide whether to use them for sweet or savory when defrosting. That’s because if frozen alone, the yolks become so gelatinous that you can’t use them. Then the addition of sugar or salt will prevent them from becoming gelatinous and preserve the yolks.

You will pierce the yolks and add 1/8 tsp of salt or 1.5 tsp of sugar or corn syrup for every 1/4 cup of yolks, approximately 4 yolks. Just don’t forget to label how many yolks and if you used salt or sugar because you’ll need to cut back from the recipe when using the yolks. If there are many yolks and will be used for sweets I find it easier to calculate the sugar as 10% of the weight of the yolks.

Thawing: Do not thaw frozen egg yolks at room temperature or in the microwave. The yolks need time to thaw. You should take them out of the freezer and leave them overnight, defrosting inside the fridge. In addition, it is safer for you to defrost any food that is inside the refrigerator; Never thaw animal products out of the refrigerator.

Frozen egg whites: The same can be done with egg whites, here’s how to do it. Add a pinch of salt or sugar, according to the use you intend to have and take it to the freezer in the ice cube trays.

Ice cubes: You can also use ice cubes to store gems! Leave about 1/3 of the cube height free so that when freezing, the yolk or white does not escape. When the cubes are frozen, transfer to a plastic bag or box and remove as needed.

Whole eggs: Before freezing, make sure the eggs are in good condition. When in doubt, test the egg, placing it in a container with water and if the egg floats, it is because it is not good.

Never put the whole egg with the shell in the freezer. To freeze whole eggs, crack the egg. Mix the yolk, the whites with the help of a fork and then add 1 pinch of salt or 1 teaspoon of sugar and only then freeze. It’s important that you don’t add too much air to the mixture, don’t beat it too much with the fork, just mix the whites and yolks.

The egg has a large percentage of water, which increases its volume when frozen, thus breaking the shell. We can freeze whole raw eggs or freeze yolks and whites separately, with no waste!

How to freeze egg whites?

Both pasteurized and fresh, you freeze the whites by themselves, without mixing anything as needed with the yolks. If it’s a little bit, you can put it in ice cube trays, one white in each square. Once frozen, transfer them to a plastic bag. It’s easy to use, because each square is a clear one.

The best tip for both yolks and whites is to freeze in portions, weighing each portion before freezing so it makes it easier to use in the next recipe and there’s no waste. And the important thing is, once thawed, they have to be used on the same day and cannot be refrozen.


In this brief text we provided the answer to the question: “Can egg yolks go in the fridge?”. In addition, we explained how to freeze egg yolks, egg whites and whole eggs.


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