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Saving Eggs

Martha Stewart Living, April 1999

Save the egg yolks when a recipe calls for using only whites, or vice versa. If you don't plan to use the eggs immediately, pour them into an airtight container and freeze. To prevent the yolks from gelling, add a pinch of salt or a heaping teaspoon of sugar for every four yolks. The day before you use the eggs, place the container in the refrigerator, and allow them to thaw overnight.

Comments (26)

  • mykele 13 Oct, 2010

    cocomon, a whole tablespoon of sugar?? just a bit much. When freezing eggs,
    mix lightly whether whole or just yolks or just whites add a scant 1/4 teaspoon
    of salt or sugar. A tablespoon of surgar is more than a single yolk or white.
    I have always had success with mixing the eggs lightly and adding a bit
    of salt or sugar. This is a case of less is more. Mykele

  • cocomom 12 Oct, 2010

    this absolutely does not work! If you freeze egg yolks they defost as almost a solid.
    You MUST prick the egg yolks and add one tablespoon of sugar to each egg. When defrosting, deduct that amount of sugar from your recipe, you can freeze egg whites but don't try to use them in a meringue only use them in an omelet.

  • mykele 12 Oct, 2010

    Okay undurrer, The answers to questions from others like you and me
    get our answers from our fellow commentors. AS for freezing eggs..
    to freeze whole eggs lightly beat and add pinches of salt or sugar
    and freeze in containers...ice cube trays or small plastic containers.
    3 to 4 months is safe. Freezing breakfast casseroles is iffy...call
    your locasl Extension office for advice. Mykele

  • lmdurrer 12 Oct, 2010

    I don't see answers to many questions. Are they contained within the comments, or are they somewhere else? If so, where? Thanks everyone.

  • lmdurrer 12 Oct, 2010

    I wasn't aware, either, that you could freeze raw eggs. Good money saving info. There are a couple of things I would like to know, just like the other posters. Max amount of time to keep in freezer for one. I love the ice cube tray idea, but am wondering if ice cube trays come in sizes to make larger sized cubes. If so, where would you get them? I think larger sized cubes would be nice for other things, too.

  • rock63roll64 12 Oct, 2010

    IN ALL THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN BAKING, I NEVER KNEW YOU COULD FREEZE EGGS. THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL. NOW I WON'T THROW THE YOLKS OUT AND FEEL BAD . I WILL FREEZE THEM!!! THANKS FOR ALL THE HINTS!!!

  • SallyOwens 28 Oct, 2009

    Does this mean that I could also freeze an un-baked breakfast casserole and bake it after thawing?

  • 4faiths 28 Oct, 2009

    I have measuring cups exactly like this that I got from Container Store. Love them.. micro/freezer/dishwasher

  • calla55 27 Oct, 2009

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE YOU CAN BUY THESE MEASURING CUPS! I LOVE THE STYLE

  • dukehollow 27 Oct, 2009

    If I know my eggs are reaching their exporation date and I'm not going to get them used up, can I freeze them whole?

  • sheehansrback 27 Oct, 2009

    How long can the white and yolks be frozen for?

  • howdydog1 27 Oct, 2009

    It is my understanding that egg whites that have been frozen cannot be beaten into merengue. True?
    Howdydog

  • SallyOwens 6 Nov, 2008

    I'd like to make some breakfast casseroles ahead of the holidays. They each call for eggs mixed with milk then poured over the other ingredients. Can I freeze the dish before baking it and then take it out to thaw and bake it as normal?

  • mkballard 4 Nov, 2008

    Eggs can not be frozen in the shell. They will expand as the freeze and crack.

  • Osmondfan 1 Nov, 2008

    CAN you freeze eggs in the shells - if it's a whole egg and going out of town ? Wondering as I'm taking a 3 week trip and don't want to have to do the dunk method to see if they are ok to use.......... Thanks in advance !

  • sewicee 1 Nov, 2008

    Recently I had a problem with my fridge, and everything in it froze. You can imagine how upset I was. Of course my eggs froze, too!. A friend of mine is a chef and we decided to make scrambled eggs. I would've just thrown them out, but now I know I can even freeze them WHOLE.

  • mlockett 31 Oct, 2008

    You can also put the egg whites or yolks into ice trays and freeze. That way, you'll have individual whites or yolks when you need them.

  • chip0317 31 Oct, 2008

    How long can eggs be frozen?

  • littleorphanannie 31 Oct, 2008

    I hear from the nutristionist all the time to just use egg white and throw away the yolk because of the cholestrol content. I always thought the whole egg was good for you. I had forgotten about using salt or sugar in the bowl for freezing. Glad you reminded me.

  • Newzone 31 Oct, 2008

    What an excellent idea! I'll give it a try next time and won't waste any eggs this way anymore. Thanks.

  • Pick 31 Oct, 2008

    This is such a good tip. I'll be trying it for sure. Thanks.

  • moma2three 31 Oct, 2008

    Really? I've never heard of it but it's good to know. I fully believe on stretching food.

  • dhodak 31 Oct, 2008

    This is great information, however, it shouldn't come as a suprise to anyone. It has been in most major cookbooks for over 25 years. I'm quite sure that it can also be found under google.

  • nikkynik 31 Oct, 2008

    This is why I love this site so much. You learn something new every day! I had no idea that you could freeze egg yolks either but like j3xs stated, that will be real handy during Holiday baking!

  • j3xs 31 Oct, 2008

    I didn't either and it will come in handy over the holidays.

  • SusieCamden 31 Oct, 2008

    What a surprise to me! I never knew you could freeze egg yolks!!