Are you looking to learn how to freeze eggs in ice cube trays?
This is a craze that you might have seen on Pinterest, or on hacking sites such as Mashable, Buzzfeed and Life Hacks.
Unlike most of the crazes you often see on those sites, this one works, and it’s great!
Personally, we tend to buy eggs in packs of 24 or more. It reduces the cost per egg significantly.
However, while eggs can be kept in the fridge for up to five weeks you can quickly find yourself with more eggs than you can possibly use in such a short time frame.
We tried freezing our eggs for later consumption in multiple different formats however, we found this to be the best, least messy, easy to thaw way.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Eggs In Ice Cube Trays
One benefit of freezing eggs in ice cube trays is that you can split the yolk from the whites should you wish to do so.
So, to get started you’re going to want to decide how you want to freeze your eggs. This will likely depend on how you plan to use them later.
The only thing this changes when following this process is the contents of the egg, the way in which the egg is frozen in ice cube trays remains exactly the same.
So, begin by cracking your egg and pouring your contents into a bowl (separate bowls if you’re storing the yolk and the whites separate).
Gently whisk the egg – it’s impossible to store eggs with the yolk intact so this is the reason for the gentle amount of whisking.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt or 1 tablespoon of sugar per 1 cup of egg yolks or blended whole eggs. This will prevent the egg or egg yolks from turning into a thick paste when thawed.
Pour the egg mixture into the ice cube tray.
Place the ice cube tray or trays in the freezer until the eggs are frozen – the time in which this takes will depend on your freezer settings, it’s generally anything from 4 hours to 12 hours.
Remove the ice cube tray from the freezer and check to see if the eggs have gone hard. In which case you’ll be able to gently remove the eggs from the tray and move them into a ziploc bag before returning them to the freezer.
Storing eggs in your freezer like this will preserve them for up to one year.
While the dimensions of different ice cube trays tend to vary, we’ve found that one cube is equivalent to a small to medium egg or two egg yolks.
I recommend writing this note on the ziploc bag so you know exactly how many of these egg cubes you need to defrost for a recipe at a later date.
How To Thaw Frozen Eggs
The best way to thaw frozen eggs is to remove them from the freezer, pop the egg cube(s) in a bowl, and let them defrost in the refrigerator overnight (or for around 12 hours)
Alternatively, you can remove your eggs from the freezer and put the bag in a bowl of hot water. Leave the bag or container to sit for five minutes.
If the eggs are still frozen replace the water and repeat.
Of course, you can easily leave your frozen eggs out on the side at room temperature for between 30 minutes to two hours (depending on the temperature of your home) to allow them to defrost naturally.
Just be sure that if you follow this method you put a plate or a container under the eggs to catch any excess moisture.
If you do find that your eggs still have a thick gloopy texture after defrosting, a quick 30 seconds with a stick blender fixes that no problem.