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Can you freeze eggs?

Asked by omfgTALIjustIMDu (6543 points ) January 2nd, 2009

Say you buy a dozen fresh eggs from the grocery store because they were on sale, but you don’t actually want to use them yet. Can you freeze them? Will they defrost ok? Would they crack?

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laureth's avatar

If you need to freeze them, I’d take them out of the shell first. Freeze them scrambled, or separated, in small batches. It’s not as versatile as they were originally, but they will be far more useful when thawed. ;)

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jbfletcherfan's avatar

No, I wouldn’t freeze them in the shells. And even frozen out of the shell, they’re going to become watery, I think. I personally wouldn’t freeze them at all.

laureth's avatar

Eggs also last a long time, maybe longer than some people think. I mean, they’re originally designed to survive unrefrigerated in a barnyard until the baby bird hatches. So if you’re concerned about leaving them in the fridge for a few weeks before you get to them, they’ll be okay.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

I’m not actually looking to freeze eggs, just wondering if it was possible and if anyone’s ever tried it how it turned out.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I agree. Eggs can last a long time in the frig.

laureth's avatar

Oh! Okay. Yeah, I froze a couple once. They didn’t crack, but they seemed heavier somehow, like leaden weights.

I froze them because they were very old, and I didn’t want them to accidentally break and stink up the place, and trash day was far away. I threw them out frozen, though, so I can’t tell you how they did when thawing, but I can tell you I’m glad I wasn’t there to experience it.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Eggs last for months. Seriously. Ignore all “use by” dates. The egg will let you know if it has turned.

Aside from that, yes to what has been said—freeze them in a container, shell-less or already scrambled. I don’t freeze whole eggs, but I sometimes freeze whites after using the yolk to make ice cream or whatever. They thaw nicely and can be used as usual.

seekingwolf's avatar

I usually freeze mine directly out of the shell or scrambled and it was okay.

I wouldn’t freeze them hard-boiled however. I once made too many hard-boiled eggs and thought I could freeze the rest. Bad idea. The inner whites grew hard and crystallized into and ice-like material. And then they started to melt! Yuck!

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

@seekingwolf, You “usually freeze them….” What’s the incentive for freezing eggs anyway since they last so long in the fridge?

Fallenangel's avatar

if you freeze them in the shell

and throw them hard enough….. they dent car doors and crack house siding

tho, keep in mind, when i throw them unfrozen i strip paint

seekingwolf's avatar

@omfg

I don’t trust my fridge. It’s quite old and the temp can go up and spoil things, so I have to be careful. Until I get a new one, I’m freezing a lot! :p

90s_kid's avatar

Well, ya definitely can’t microwave them. And I learned the hard way >.>

I have never heard of freezing eggs, but I personally wouldn’t because to me, it is like freezing milk. Milk goes bad easily and so do eggs, they turn rotten. I wouldn’t and I (without any experience—keep that in mind) would definitely not.

emilyrose's avatar

I would not freeze them and agree they will be good in the fridge for at least a couple weeks.

cooksalot's avatar

You can freeze the whites no problem but the yolks can get funky if their not scrambled in the whole egg form. Did that make sense?

SeventhSense's avatar

@laureth
Sometimes unfertilized eggs lay around for months while processing before they are anywhere near a refrigerator. You can store eggs for many weeks in the refrigerator. In fact, personally I’ve never even seen a rotten egg and I eat lots of eggs, although I’ve heard of them.

seekingwolf's avatar

@SeventhSense

Ya know, the only time I had a rotten egg was when it had a small crack in it and then bacteria got in and it started to smell…but that was the only time.

I don’t know if an egg can be rotten from the inside only.

SeventhSense's avatar

@seekingwolf
It’s like nature’s most perfect container.:)

cooksalot's avatar

Oh when you have “layers” and they hide the eggs. You get rotten ones! PEEWWW!

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toolbox's avatar

Note: This is from the U.S.D.A. website so there is no guess on this one.
(Frozen Eggs
Shell eggs should not be frozen. If an egg accidentally freezes and the shell cracked during freezing, discard the egg. Keep any uncracked eggs frozen until needed; then thaw in the refrigerator. These can be hard cooked successfully but other uses may be limited. That’s because freezing causes the yolk to become thick and syrupy so it will not flow like an unfrozen yolk or blend very well with the egg white or other ingredients.)

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