Can you eat frozen eggs?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat frozen eggs?”, and which eggs can you freeze?

Can you eat frozen eggs?

Yes, you can eat frozen eggs. However, an egg is not safe to be frozen in all of its forms. Frozen eggs can be used in a variety of cooked and baked dishes. More on this topic in the article below.

Which eggs can you freeze?

There’s only a certain type of eggs that are safe to freeze as per the guidelines issued by the FDA. freezing raw, shelled eggs adversely affects the texture of the egg yolk. 

The yolk becomes gel-like and is no longer desirable for cooking or baking purposes. Moreover, raw eggs can crack during freezing and are at a greater risk of being contaminated. 

Thawed hard or soft boiled eggs release water after thawing. Moreover, their egg whites turn rubbery. 

Therefore, you cannot freeze whole eggs for making poached eggs. If the raw egg with its shell intact manages to freeze well without cracking, you can use it after hard-boiling it. Hard-boiling the egg will mask the gel-like consistency of the egg yolks. You can dice the hard-boiled  hard-boilend add it to your salad bowls for a protein boost egg yolk a a

The type of eggs that freeze well are cooked mixed egg dishes (casseroles, quiches, etc), shelled and whisked raw whole eggs, raw egg whites, and raw egg yolks.

Always inspect the frozen egg for spoilage before you use it in cooking or baking. If there is something weird about the texture of the eggs or if they give off a sulfur-like smell, discard them.

How freezing affects egg whites and yolks?

Texture 

A study revealed that frozen egg whites have a better foaming ability due to the protein denaturation that occurs during freezing. It is the egg yolk that experiences quality degradation. Frozen egg yolk undergoes gelation due to the formation of ice crystals.

Flavor 

Raw eggs do not undergo any noticeable flavor changes after freezing. However, the taste may be affected if the eggs were whisked with any seasoning like salt or pepper. Therefore, it is imperative to read the label of commercially frozen products.

How to freeze different types of eggs?

Whole eggs 

Crack open the eggs and whisk them until well combined. Season with some salt and pepper if you like. Then transfer the beaten eggs to an air-tight container. 

Put a label on the container for identification and for tracking its shelf-life. For ease of thawing, do not pack more than one whisked egg in a single container.

Egg whites

Crack open the eggs and separate the egg yolks. Fill an ice cube tray with the egg whites and freeze. When frozen solid, put the cubes of egg whites into a freezer bag. Label the container and freeze.

Egg yolks 

Crack open the eggs and scoop out the egg yolks into a bowl. Season the egg yolks at the rate of ¼ tsp of salt or 1/2–1 teaspoon of granulated sugar for every 4 egg yolks. Transfer the beaten egg yolk mixture into an air-tight container, label the container, and freeze.

How to thaw cooked egg dishes?

First and foremost, let the cooked egg dish come down to 40°F (approximately 5°C) within 2 hours. The steam should be allowed to escape or else it will condense inside the storage container and spoil the food. 

Non-crust casseroles, baked in a muffin tray, can be frozen in a freezer bag. For bonus protection, you can wrap each muffin in a plastic sheet before packing it in the freezer bag. Small squares of casseroles can be frozen the same way. Do not store the thawed eggs or egg dishes in the fridge for more than a day due to safety considerations.

How to thaw and use frozen eggs?

Whether cooked or raw, the safest way to thaw eggs is to leave them overnight in the fridge. Then reheat the thawed eggs or egg dishes to a safe internal temperature of 160℉ or 71℃ to minimize the risk of food poisoning. 

If you are pressed for time, you can also thaw the sealed and frozen eggs or egg dishes by submerging them in a bowl full of cold water. Cooked egg dishes like casseroles can be quickly nuked in the microwave on the defrost setting. 

Frozen eggs can be used to make scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, casseroles, quiches, frittata, and baked goods like cookies, cakes, and muffins, etc.

Other FAQs about Eggs that you may be interested in.

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Can you eat boiled eggs left out overnight?

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you eat frozen eggs?”, and which eggs can you freeze?

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/can-you-freeze-eggs#thawing
https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-to-do-frozen-chicken-eggs-3016570
https://oureverydaylife.com/can-deviled-eggs-prepared-two-days-before-eating-26218.html

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