4/29/18

Can you freeze eggs? YES! And here is a delicious egg bake with eggs 1 1/2 years old!





Remember that time I bought 15 dozen eggs?

Can eggs be frozen? How long can eggs be stored? I just bought 15 dozen eggs!

I did an update a couple months later and yes, the eggs were perfect but I have another update for you.  
It's been 1 1/2 years and they are still perfect and awesome.

Honestly the only reason I used them up is because I wanted all my little awesome Rubbermaid containers back.  I had bought that set not long before I froze all those eggs and using just a few eggs here and there over the past year wasn't getting me my containers back any time soon.  (I almost always have fresh eggs on hand so it's rare I would 'need' to go into my long term frozen-egg stash and when I didn't 'need' to I usually forgot they were even there.)

So last weekend I decided to use ALL of them and make a huge breakfast egg bake.

I'm happy to say that after 1 1/2 years in the deep freeze they were still absolutely perfect.


I was using a 9X13 inch foil lined baking pan for easy clean up and had probably about 16+ eggs.  They had been frozen per directives from the American Egg Board by lightly beating with 1/8 t of salt per container of 4 eggs. 

I did note the eggs seem a little darker in color after freezing long term; but the taste is in no way affected and they bake up to normal, lighter colored eggs.



I opted to use some reconstituted freeze dried mushrooms, green onions, bacon and cheese in our egg bake.


Into the oven you go!  Bake until the eggs are completely set.  I stirred twice during the whole baking time, just to pull the edges to the middle so the egg bake would cook evenly.






TO STORE EGGS:

Refrigerator Storage

Eggs Refrigerator (35°F to 40°F)
Raw whole eggs (in shell) 4 to 5 weeks beyond the pack date or about 3 weeks after purchase
Raw whole eggs (slightly beaten) Up to 2 days
Raw egg whites Up to 4 days
Raw egg yolks Up to 2 days
Hard-boiled eggs (in shell) Up to 1 week
Hard-boiled eggs (peeled) Use the same day for best quality

Freezer Storage: If you have more eggs than you can use within a few weeks, you can freeze them, out of their shells. Freeze only clean, fresh eggs. Place them in freezer containers, seal tightly and label with the number of eggs, whites or yolks and the date. Defrost frozen eggs overnight in the refrigerator.

Egg yolks thicken (or gel) when frozen. To hinder gel formation, beat in either 1/8 teaspoon salt or 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar or corn syrup per ¼ cup yolks (4 Large) before freezing. Indicate “with salt” (main dishes) or “with sugar” (desserts) on the label.

The following chart shows how long eggs last when stored in the freezer.

Eggs Freezer (0°F or colder)
Raw whole eggs (in shell) Not recommended
Raw whole eggs (slightly beaten) Up to 1 year
Raw egg whites Up to 1 year
Raw egg yolks Up to year
Hard-boiled eggs (in shell) Not recommended
Hard-boiled eggs (peeled) Not recommended (the white become tough and watery)



Source: American Egg Board
The American Egg Board (AEB) is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.











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