Can you freeze an egg?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze an egg?” Also, we’ll explore how eggs can be frozen, how eggs can be stored, how to tell if eggs have spoiled, and what are the dangers of handling and preparing eggs inadequately. 

Can you freeze an egg?

Yes, it is both possible, and feasible to freeze one, or many eggs. 

On occasions, some recipes require using just parts of an egg, such as the white or only the yolks, and rather than discarding what’s unused, it can be stored in the freezer. 

Also, freezing eggs greatly extends their shelf life, especially when users have bought in bulk, or have come across a cache that they won’t rapidly consume before the expiration date transpired.

Below, we’ll review the important outlines for freezing eggs. 

How can I freeze eggs

When freezing eggs, it’s necessary to crack their shell and empty the contents into a basin. They won’t keep inside of their shells, as when they freeze, the inside expands and cracks the shells, which can seriously undermine their freshness. 

Whole eggs can be stored in the freezer by first mixing the whites and yolks, and then pouring the mixture into a quality, freeze-resistant container or bottle. Of course, it is important to leave a small amount of air space under the lid into which the frozen eggs can expand. 

Alternatively, whole eggs can be whisked together and then poured into muffin baking trays, then placed in the freezer until they’ve solidified. Once they’ve frozen, the tray can be taken out and the eggs can be emptied onto a baking sheet. 

From there, they can be stored inside a quality freezer bag and taken out, one at a time, as needed. 

Egg whites and yolks can be frozen separately, once the eggs have been cracked into a bowl and the yolks have been fished out. Some authors recommend removing the yolks by using a plastic bottle as a valve to suck them out.

Stored in separate containers, yolks and egg whites can be frozen in freeze-resistant containers and bottles. Or they can also be frozen in portions, and once they’ve solidified, they can be transferred to air-tight quality freezer bags. 

Eggs can remain frozen for up to 12 months and can be defrosted by leaving them in a fridge, though eggs, regardless of whether or not they’ve been frozen, should always be fully cooked before being eaten. 

How can I store eggs

Depending on the supply of eggs, users may find it feasible to store them at room temperature (for small supplies, such as a carton of a dozen eggs), refrigerate them (if they’re approaching their expiration date), and of course, they can be stored in the freezer, as we’ve discussed above. 

Eggs can be stored in and out of the shell, and they can be separated into yolks and whites if our users are on a diet that makes a distinction between the two.  

How can I tell if eggs have spoiled? 

Usual signs of spoilage in eggs include giving off a foul odor, a cracked shell, the contents being of a white, clouded appearance, and the yolk is easily breakable.  

Another test readers can use to determine whether or not an egg is fresh, is to fill a jar with water and place the egg in the water. If it is fresh, the egg will sink to the bottom of the jar, while if it’s spoiled, it’ll float and bob at the top. 

This is because there can be a build-up of gasses in eggs that are aged, and some degradation of fatty acids may occur, breaking them down into smaller molecules that are less dense than water. 

What are the dangers of handling and preparing eggs inadequately?

Handling eggs poorly will reflect on their shortened shelf-life and quality. Eggs with cracked or otherwise broken shells should not be distributed to the public, let alone consumed. 

Storing eggs inadequately can hasten oxidation processes, in which the gas exchange in and out of the eggshell is sped up, and the components inside begin to break down. 

In the case of preparing eggs inadequately, this mostly alludes to undercooking.

Eating undercooked eggs can be potentially hazardous to a person’s health, as they can contain live Salmonella bacteria and cause food poisoning

Food poisoning can have dangerous, sometimes lethal effects on people in at-risk groups, such as the elderly, pregnant women, and young children. 

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze an egg?” Also, we’ve explored how eggs can be frozen, how eggs can be stored, how to tell if eggs have spoiled, and what are the dangers of handling and preparing eggs inadequately. 

References

https://www.egginfo.co.uk/egg-safety/storage-and-handling/can-you-freeze-eggs

https://happymoneysaver.com/can-you-freeze-eggs-2/#:~:text=for%20each%20egg.-,Store%20your%20eggs.,or%20sugar%20in%20the%20eggs.

https://www.wikihow.com/Store-Eggs#:~:text=It’s%20always%20best%20to%20keep,to%20make%20them%20last%20longer.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eating-raw-eggs#salmonella-risk

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283659

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/salmonella-and-eggs.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-poisoning

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.