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Can you freeze eggs? Yes! Learn how to freeze fresh eggs to preserve them for later use and then how to use them in everyday cooking and baking!

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Ingredients and equipment needed to properly freeze eggs.
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Did you know that you can freeze eggs? Years ago, when we had our sweet pet chickens on our farm, we quickly realized that once we’d shared all that our neighbors, friends, and family wanted, we needed to find another way to preserve them. I asked my great aunt, “Can you freeze eggs?” I was beyond delighted to hear her answer that YES! She had been doing it for years!

Even though we no longer have our chickens, this is still a method I use for preserving eggs.

Knowing that you have basics like eggs in the freezer that you can use later certainly is a good thing.

How Do You Freeze Fresh Eggs?

You’ll need just a few items to freeze eggs properly.

Ingredients and Equipment Needed

  • Eggs – You’ll only want to use fresh, clean eggs.
  • Salt – You’ll need ⅛ teaspoon salt for each whole egg. The added salt prevents the egg yolk from becoming more gelatinous and changing texture when frozen. You can also use ⅛ teaspoon of sugar instead of salt if you know you’ll use your eggs in sweet recipes. However, I have found it easier just to use salt since I use salt in my sweet and savory recipes. It makes using frozen eggs in everyday cooking much more versatile. If you are a baker and use a lot of eggs for baking, you may find using sugar more appealing. Just make sure to mark your freezer storage bag.
  • Muffin Pan – You’ll use a clean, dry muffin pan.
  • Fork – a fork is used to whisk together your whole egg and salt.
  • Plastic wrap (or your favorite freezer-safe wrap) – used while freezing your eggs.
  • Freezer-safe container – Use to store your frozen eggs.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Photo of eggs in a muffin pan with salt added to each egg.

Add eggs to muffin pan. Break an egg out of its shell into each indention of the muffin pan. Repeat until the muffin pan is filled.

Add salt. Add ⅛ teaspoon of salt to each egg.

Photo of eggs in a muffin pan.

Whisk. Carefully whisk each egg with a fork until it is just beaten.

Cover and freeze. Cover the muffin tin with freezer-safe plastic wrap and place it into the freezer until each egg is frozen well. I prefer to leave them in the freezer overnight to make sure they are completely frozen.

Photograph of frozen eggs in a freezer safe bag to demonstrate how to freeze fresh eggs. / addapinch.com

Long-term freeze. Remove the individual eggs from the muffin pan and place them into a dated freezer-safe container, such as a zip-top freezer bag. Remove as much of the air from the freezer bag as possible, seal the bag, and return it to the freezer.

How Long Do Eggs Keep in the Freezer?

Properly prepared, frozen eggs will keep for up to one year in the freezer.

How to Thaw and Use Frozen Eggs

To thaw frozen eggs. To use eggs that have been frozen, remove the number of eggs needed and allow them to thaw in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight.

To quickly thaw frozen eggs. You can also thaw them by running cold water outside a sealed ziptop bag of frozen eggs.

If you need to use the eggs separately, remember to separate each egg into individual bowls. If you are using multiple eggs, then thawing together is fine.

Do not refreeze eggs that have previously been frozen.

Can You Freeze Egg Yolks and Egg Whites Separately?

Yes! Simply separate your egg whites into one muffin pan and your egg yolks into another. Add the salt to the egg yolks, whisk, and follow the rest of the recipe instructions.

Can You Freeze All of Your Eggs Together in One Container?

Yes! While I prefer to freeze my eggs individually so that I can use them as needed, if you normally use a certain number of eggs in your recipes, you can freeze a larger batch in a different type of container.

Break your eggs into an airtight, freezer-safe container. Add ⅛ teaspoon salt for each egg yolk you have included in the container. Whisk to combine. Seal the container and store it in the freezer for up to a year.

Favorite Recipes Using Previously Frozen Eggs

We use our frozen and then thawed eggs in most of our favorite recipes using eggs from scrambled eggs, quiche, and breakfast casseroles, to baking our favorite cakes, cookies, and pies. I make sure that the dish is well-cooked that contains an egg that has previously been frozen.

Here’s how I freeze eggs. It’s a good thing to know.

5 from 7 votes

How to Freeze Eggs

how to 3 hrs 10 mins

Photograph of frozen eggs in a freezer safe bag to demonstrate how to freeze fresh eggs. / addapinch.com
Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 12
Course how to
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
How to Freeze Eggs – Learn how to freeze fresh eggs to preserve them for later use and then how to use them in everyday cooking and baking!

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • eggs
  • salt ⅛ teaspoon per whole egg

Instructions 

  • Break an egg out of its shell into each indention of the muffin pan. Add ⅛ teaspoon salt to each whole egg. Whisk each egg carefully with a fork to break up the yolk until just beaten.
    Photo of eggs in a muffin pan with salt added to each egg.
  • Place the muffin pan in the freezer to completely freeze the eggs.
  • Remove muffin pan and transfer each frozen egg from the muffin pan and place it into a zip top freezer bag that has been labeled with the date. Roll the zip top bag to remove as much air from the bag as possible and close. Return the bag and the eggs to the freezer for up to one year.
    Photograph of frozen eggs in a freezer safe bag to demonstrate how to freeze fresh eggs. / addapinch.com
  • To use a frozen egg, remove the number of individual frozen eggs you need from the zip-top bag and place it in a bowl (or bowls) in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Then use immediately.

Notes

Only use thawed, previously frozen eggs in recipes where the egg is fully cooked: scrambled eggs, quiche, casseroles, desserts, etc.

How to Thaw and Use Frozen Eggs

To thaw frozen eggs. To use eggs that have been frozen, remove the number of eggs needed and allow them to thaw in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight.

To quickly thaw frozen eggs. You can also thaw them by running cold water outside a sealed ziptop bag of frozen eggs.

If you need to use the eggs separately, remember to separate each egg into individual bowls. If you are using multiple eggs, then thawing together is fine.

Do not refreeze eggs that have previously been frozen.

Can You Freeze Egg Yolks and Egg Whites Separately?

Yes! Simply separate your egg whites into one muffin pan and your egg yolks into another. Add the salt to the egg yolks, whisk, and follow the rest of the recipe instructions.

Can You Freeze All of Your Eggs Together in One Container?

Yes! While I prefer to freeze my eggs individually so that I can use them as needed, if you normally use a certain number of eggs in your recipes, you can freeze a larger batch in a different type of container.

Break your eggs into an airtight, freezer-safe container. Add ⅛ teaspoon salt for each egg yolk you have included in the container. Whisk to combine. Seal the container and store it in the freezer for up to a year.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.03g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. Thank you for this, Robyn! I have always wondered about this.now I know what I’ll be doing with a few of the dozens of eggs I have so they don’t get wasted.

  2. Do frozen eggs change when they are defrosted? Does it change the recipe? Can you freeze the eggs and then use them later to make scrambled eggs or an omlet?

    1. Have tried many of your recipes Awsome now I know what to do with those extra eggs thank you

  3. Thx! I live alone and had half dozen eggs left before I went away for xmas so I boiled and froze them (definitely do not recommend that!). Will try this next time 🙂

  4. Thanks. Great for those of us who don’t have chickens, but who can buy eggs when they go on sale around Easter time, like they usually do.

  5. I had heard that you could freeze eggs. but, I like how you did it with the muffin tin. keeping the individual eggs separate til frozen. easier to keep track of how many you have and how many you need at any given time. any thing to make life easier. Thanks,So much

    1. I was JUST asking about eggs and ta da….I get this wonderful email! A true answer to a prayer

  6. Thank you. I’ve got eggs left over from Christmas. My neighbor has been share her chickens eggs with us because she’s sweet plus we love letting her chickens come over a eat some bugs. I love chickens. I use the fresh eggs and let the bought eggs just sit in my refrigerator . Now I can freeze them before they get too old. Didnt know how until this wonderful article.

    1. Aren’t fresh eggs the best! There is just nothing like them! I hope you enjoy being able to freeze them and enjoy later!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing. I had no idea eggs could be frozen. I am getting ready to get some new hens this Spring and this tip will come be very helpful!

    1. Gail, I love being able to freeze my eggs. Not only is it a great idea if you have hens but also when your grocery store has a good sale on eggs.

  8. Very Cool!

    Seeing your photo makes me miss our chickens! I especially loved the green layers!

    Thanks for the tip, Robyn! XO

    1. Joanna, I also like to freeze any eggs I have in the refrigerator before we go on vacation, too.

  9. 5 stars
    I am going to use this technique for frozen eggs. I love eggs but my husband is allergic so I find myself not using them quick enough. That alone drives me insane to waste such precious food. I am going to freeze half my eggs and enjoy the other half. YAY!

    1. I’m so glad this post will help you. I was like you and hated that I had eggs going to waste until my great aunt told me this way to preserve them.

  10. Do you have to whisk the eggs for some reason or is it ok to leave as is?? Say to use as poached eggs. Thanks!

    1. Whisking the eggs helps stabilize the egg yolks, Kay. To stabilize the yolks without whisking, you would need to add either salt or sugar to the egg before freezing. Hope this helps.

  11. Robyn i am eggcited also to find you can freeze eggs. everybody talks about using eggs scrambled ect but what about recipes cookies ect. Are the frozen eggs ok to use them in these type of recipes ?

    thank you so much !
    pam gaps

    1. Pam, I use these eggs just like I would a fresh one for cookies, cakes, etc. Hope this helps.

    2. I’m so excited to hear about the egg trick. I’ve been a chef for over 30 years and operate a large private hunting lodge kitchen. I’ve always had at least 10 dozen eggs left after season and now I don’t have to waste or turn into recipes before going home. Thanks again.
      Shelley Innes
      Executive Chef
      The Big Woods on the Trinity

    1. No, Eileen. You can freeze multiple eggs at a time if you prefer. Just whisk the eggs in a bowl and place in a freezer-safe container and freeze up to 1 year. I would advise marking the container with the number of eggs in each batch. I freeze individually so that I can just thaw and use the amount of eggs I need at one time. Hope this helps.

  12. Hello Robin,
    I was wondering can you break the egg into the muffin pan. Do you have to scramble them or can you leave the yoke? Do you also have any canning recipes or secrets?
    Oh by the way your recipes are so amazing thank you for sharing.

    1. Jaci, whisking the eggs helps stabilize the egg yolks. To stabilize the yolks without whisking, you would need to add either salt or sugar to the egg before freezing. Hope this helps. I have a few canning recipes. At the top left hand side of my site, click on All Recipes, Recipe Index, By Cooking Style, Canning. I hope this helps.

  13. 5 stars
    Just did this with 15 dozen eggs – yikes, was easy and I am excited that they have so many uses.

    1. Wow! That is a lot of eggs, Donna. I’m so glad this “How To” was easy and worked so well for you.

  14. You are correct about that. I tried boiling eggs and freezing them. I haven’t thawed any to try but they look weird..Anybody else tried this.

    1. Ned, if you freeze boiled eggs, you need to only freeze the hard-boiled yolks. Don’t freeze the whites; they will be rubbery and tough.

  15. Hi Robyn
    Thanks so much for sharing this great idea with the eggs.
    I’m a baker but my cake recipes require me to separate the yolks and whites.
    Can I follow the same recipe as posted or do you have another method for separated eggs.
    would love to hear from you.
    And thanks again for all the recipes and tips you share with us.

    1. Hi Juanita,
      That’s a great question and I’ll update the post to share this information there as well. You can separate the egg yolks and whites and freeze those separately. Add the salt to the yolks and whisk together. The whites do not require the added salt. I hope that helps! xo

  16. Hi Robyn –
    Thanks for this tip and your wonderful recipes. I’ve used several with great success. Question on the eggs – I sometimes don’t know until the last minute I need to make cake or quiche for a neighbor, so wondered about how to quick thaw.

    Thanks, April
    Thanks, April

    1. Hi April,
      When I have to thaw them quickly, I put the number of eggs needed in a separate zip-top bag and run them under cold water until they are thawed. If I need the number of eggs in the original bag, I just use that bag. I hope that helps.

  17. 5 stars
    Robyn, I can’t thank you enough for this great post! As expensive as eggs are these days, people like me are looking for ways to curtail those grocery prices! Sure wish I owned those chickens! 😉 lol…

    1. Hi Kathy!
      Oh my gracious, I sure do miss them. I wish I had them back, too! I think chicks may be in my future! HA!

  18. 5 stars
    Great hint Robyn! I go thru many eggs during my Christmas cooking and this will be a time saver, plus saving refrigerator space. One question–I am assuming the eggs are large size–if using medium size eggs would you reduce the salt to less than 1/8th tsp. Thanks–Anne

    1. Anne, the volume difference between a large egg and a medium egg is 1/4 tablespoon. You could use less salt for the medium egg but I personally would still use 1/8 teaspoon for the medium eggs.

  19. 5 stars
    Each email is like a nugget of treasure, thank you!

    Can you whisk all the eggs together, add the appropriate amount of salt (whisk again) for each egg, and evenly distribute them into a muffin tin?

    Thanks again,

    Bob

    1. Thank you, Bob. I’m so glad that you are enjoying the emails. Yes, you can whisk the eggs together with the salt. Each muffin tin should hold 2 large eggs after you have mixed them well.

  20. freezing fresh eggs: what is the egg is tiny, do i crack 2 eggs into each muffin tin with the same amount of salt? thank you