Monday, December 14, 2009

Freezing Eggs

I had never thought about freezing eggs - because I didn't think it possible, or just because the thought had never occured to me; I'm not sure. Either way, this is a fantastic way to stock up on eggs, or a great idea to use them up when you have a lot about to expire. So easy AND practical!
Frozen eggs prepared as instructed below can be stored for up to 1 year!
Information provided by Tipnut.com - Author: Hilda B. Hawkins, published in American Poultry Journal (1952)

There are two ways to freeze eggs: Broken-yolked or Sperated.

Broken-Yolked
A lightly stirred whole egg; this type of egg will fulfill most uses in the kitchen.

Here's How:
- Crack a single egg into a bowl. Break the yolk with a fork and lightly stir.
- Avoid whipping air into the eggs - excess air will form a 'crust' and may make your eggs gummy once thawed.
- Pour the entire egg into a single compartment of an ice-cube tray. Skim off any air bubbles. Once the tray is filled, freeze eggs solid.
- Once frozen, remove eggs and place in freezer bags/plastic/glass containers and stash away in the freezer.

Uses:
- When ready to use, take out the number of eggs needed and allow to thaw at room temperature.
- This type of egg can be used for any recipe requiring a whole egg: baking, breading chicken/chops, scrambled eggs, french toast, etc.

Seperated
Yolks and Whites; once eggs have been frozen, they cannot be seperated, so the process is done prior to freezing.

Here's How:
- Yolks can be frozen on cookie sheets/pie plates or by using the ice-cube tray.
- To help prevent the yolk from being too thick once thawed, sprinkle a pinch of sugar or salt on each yolk (sugar should be used on yolks that will be used for baking, and salt for yolks that will be used in dishes.
- Once frozen they should be placed in freezer bags/platic/glass containers with appropriate labels (dishes or baking).
- Whites can be frozen in ice-cube trays, or in amounts most frequently used (ie: 1 1/2 c. for angel food cake, etc.)
- Label and place in freezer bags/plastic/glass containers
Uses:
- When ready to use, take out and allow to thaw at room temperature.
- Separated eggs are required for several baking/cooking recipes, as well as regular dishes.
Notes:
Depending on the size of your ice-cube trays, you may not be able to fit a whole egg into one cube. Mine are too small (as pictured above), so I did all of my eggs seperately.

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