Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Freezing eggs the fast & easy way

All of the chickens and ducks are laying now and eggs are piling up fast.  When I first started keeping chickens I remember being startled to learn that eggs were actually a seasonal item.  Like, I knew that fact in an abstract kind of way but it hadn't applied to me personally until suddenly the hens shut down. Then I was really sad.

Hens lay a ton of eggs in the spring and summer then they mostly stop laying in the colder months.  Which makes sense from a hen's perspective of wanting good weather to raise chicks in.

If you're staring at a refrigerator full of extra eggs, it's really easy to freeze them for the future.  Just crack the eggs into a bowl, mix well and put into a freezer container.  Those are the basics. Some people add a pinch of salt or sugar to the mix but it's not necessary.  It is nice to package them in quantities that make sense in your kitchen. Here I do packs of 5 (omelette, Pad Thai) 2 (baking) & 1 (baking).

It's hard for me to get the yolks and the whites totally incorporated stirring with a fork and this makes them kinda lumpy when they're thawed out.  Not a tragedy in baked goods but it is noticeable in scrambled eggs and no one really likes it. This week I came up with a better way that was faster too  - the Nurtibullet.

Using the Nutribullet I zipped through a tray of 30 eggs in about 5 minutes.  It was awesome.

A pint glass makes a nice extra hand to hold the freezer bag open.

Ready for the freezer.  Try to squeeze most of the air out of the bags but they don't have to be perfect.  What is great about using bags is that they freeze flat and you can stack them. I have a box for eggs in the chest freezer so they don't get lost.

It would be nice to freeze enough eggs to get us through the winter rest period because I'm really trying to avoid buying eggs at the store again if I can help it.  Also, it's kinda hard to justify owning (how many?) chickens to your spouse if you have to purchase eggs at the store.  And we all want to avoid that, don't we?


  1. Hope you have dried your shells for in the garden.

  2. Good point! Yes, they were crushed and put in the vegetable garden :)