Eggs are one of the healthiest and most nutritionally complete foods you can eat. They are very versatile and are used in everything from baking to salads to breakfast. As a prepper resource, eggs are one of the great foodstuffs due to their protein and fat content, so they make excellent survival food.
Some people are lucky enough to have chickens that produce all the fresh eggs they could want, for the rest of us getting fresh eggs either requires a trip to the grocery store or bartering with a friend or neighbor.
It would be helpful to learn how can we store and protect our eggs when we get them to make sure we have plenty on hand in case they become hard to get through. For a chicken farmer, you need to know who to store and preserve eggs so that you have time to use them before they spoil.
Freezing eggs is an excellent way to preserve them for up to a year in the freezer. It allows you to store the eggs in the freezer for up to twelve months. The eggs will also be frozen solid, so they don’t have to be handled as carefully as when they are raw, and will also take up much less space.
While this method will help extend the longevity of the eggs, it won’t work during a power outage – unless your generator also runs the refrigerator or freezer.
How to Freeze Eggs
Step 1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and scramble gently. You can then pour the eggs into the ice cube tray. Remember to leave a small amount of room at the top of each cube for expansion.
You can also crack them directly into the ice cube tray, but this tends to be a messy way of doing things. Also each egg is a different size, so this method makes it more difficult to have uniform cubes.
Step 2. Place the trays into the freezer until they are solid. Once the trays are solid they can be stacked on top of each other.
When you need eggs, just remove the tray and allow it to thaw. You can also remove the cubes from the tray and store them in a plastic freezer bag or vacuum seal them before storing them away.
You can also separate the yolks from the whites before pouring them into ice cube trays. This will allow you to have separated eggs for baking.
- 2 ice cube sections equals about ¼ of a cup or one medium to large egg.
- You can also freeze eggs into any plastic container (pudding cup, sour cream container) and not just ice cube trays to conserve space and cut down on waste.
- Even though you can crack the eggs and pour them directly into the containers, I recommend beating the egg first before pouring it into a container.
- Generally, eggs can last up to 12 months when preserve in the freezer.
If you have never tried to freeze eggs before give it a try and see if it works for you. It’s always good to try things out before you need to do it for some unknown reason, then you will be ready and have some experience with it.
If you have frozen eggs before, feel free to share you experience and the method you used if different from the above. And be sure to PIN this for later on your favorite Pinterest board!
Tara lives on a 56 acres farm in the Appalachian Mountains, where she faces homesteading and farming challenges every single day, raising chickens, goats, horses, and tons of vegetables. She’s an expert in all sorts of homesteading skills such as hide tanning, doll making, tree tapping, and many more.