Can you FREEZE Eggs? Yes, and it can save you money!

Can you freeze eggs? YES you can! Here is a post on how to properly freeze eggs to use later.

The question of the day is — Can you freeze eggs?

Yes you can! And they taste darn near the same after they have thawed too. You can fry them, bake with them or add them to casseroles or other recipes even after they have been frozen and thawed.

I know… your mind is blown, right? 🙂

Can you freeze eggs? YES you can! Here is a post on how to properly freeze eggs to use later.

As many of you know I have 4 dear little backyard chickens in my suburban backyard. I usually get 3-4 eggs every day. Some weeks that many eggs for my family is not enough and I have to supplement by buying more at the store. But other times when we haven’t been using them as much they can collect rather quickly and fill all my containers. I often will give the extras away and never seem to have anyone turn them away. 🙂  But if I want to save money I know I can freeze the eggs to use later.

This is a fantastic way to stock up on eggs when they are on sale, or a great idea to use them up when you have a lot about to expire too.  When you see those sales on eggs..have no fear. Now you can go crazy. So easy AND practical! Doing this can save you money.

How to Freeze Eggs

Can you freeze eggs? YES you can! Here is a post on how to properly freeze eggs to use later.

I like to crack the eggs into a muffin tin, plastic egg crate or even ice cube trays. You just crack the eggs in without using any kind of spray or oils.

Freezing Eggs to use later can save you money

Then place the tray into the freezer and freeze until the eggs are frozen solid. Once they are frozen you can remove the eggs from the container.

Freezing Eggs Frozen Egg Cubes

If they are stuck tight just have the container sit in some warm water for a minute and they should pop right out.


Then add them to a gallon sized freezer safe bag. They keep frozen for up to a year!

When you are ready to use them just take out the number of eggs needed and allow to thaw at room temperature.
You can use them with any recipe that requires a whole egg such as baking, breading chicken, scrambled eggs, french toast, etc.

One thing I will tell you though is that is becomes really difficult to separate eggs once they have been frozen. So if you think your recipes will require only egg whites or egg yolks then consider freezing them already separated. You can crack your egg and separate the white into one ice cube spot and the yolk in another spot.


Then after they are frozen add them to separate freezer safe bags.

So in answer this question “Can you Freeze Eggs?” The answer is YES, YES YES! Please do. It’s so easy it should be a crime.102 Comments

Can you FREEZE Eggs? Yes, and it can save you money! was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by Karrie

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  1. Thank you for this post. I had this question arise a couple days ago and I didn’t have an answer! How timely. Have some freezing work to do this weekend.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I go through a lot of eggs, and this is a great way to stock up and make them last. Thank you.

  3. Really cool – thanks for sharing this wonderful tip!

  4. Fantastic! Is that a reusable freezer bag I see? What brand?

  5. This. Is. AWESOME!!!!! Thank you for this post!

  6. Freezing your eggs is great if you are storing them up to a year. There are other ways to store fresh eggs for months. The eggs you buy at the store are typically 3 weeks to 3 months out of the chicken when you bring them home and that includes the supposed organic eggs you find in the store. I remember my great grandmother just kept her fresh eggs on the kitchen counter and growing up my friend in high school, his parents raised chickens and they just stored their eggs in a storeroom beside the chicken house at room temp unwashed and they had about 200-300 birds and sold them locally. You can store fresh eggs in a cool basement on the shelf for a few months with no problem. Refrigerated you can store them for up to 9 months. Mother Earth did a long term experiment back in 1977 testing various different methods of storing eggs. You can also just ask an old farmer or older family member how they store(d) their eggs. You will get all kinds of responses. Quality will decrease once you do refrigerate your fresh eggs and the longer they are stored and never chill them and then try to store them at room temp. Shelf life will depend on lots of things and can be affected by washing your eggs because that removes the bloom which protects your egg from bacteria. Always use an egg wash to clean your eggs which will replace the natural bloom with another protective cover or store them unwashed and wash as you use them. All of this information can be found on your own on the Internet which is where I found all the info I use to raise our little backyard flock of 4 Easter Eggers. We started raising ours after reading about you doing it Karrie and are grateful that we did. It has been a great experience raising our girls from day old chicks and now reaping the benefit of their glorious eggs.

    • I agree! When i lived in Portugal we would store eggs in a bucket with straw and a lid, they would stay good for almost two years. We never washed them just use a little sandpaper to scratch off any dried poop or dirt. Don’t refrigerate eggs! North America is the only place that refrigerates eggs, but once they have been refrigerated they must stay in the fridge because they have been damaged by the humidity in te fridge.

      • Caroline Hinners says:

        Your right, my mother always said do not refrigerate eggs. My brother raised chicken for us and the neighborhood and they were never put in the fridge. I only started to refrigerate mine when I started to buy them in the store because they were already refrigerated. So now you have to keep them that way. We never had a shelf life on them either but now they have one and people don’t understand that they are still good after that date, We as Americans throw out to much food that is still good after what they call shelf life!

        • sylvia Chapman says:

          My egg producer late husband would store eggs in the grading shed for weeks at certain times, unwashed and on grey cardboard trays. One day a worker had a slight accident in the Land rover as he transported the days collection to the grading shed. Hubby took out all the damaged stack of eggs and re stacked them, put them onto a bench in an outbulilding. When I asked for eggs for the house he would bring in the tray and I would decant them into my ‘hen’ crock. Eventually he told me He had come to the end of the eggs he had saved, unknown to the household, and they were 16 weeks old, So I have never worried since

    • I have frozen my eggs in its shell, that wont hurt them will it?

    • Shannon Walsh says:

      Eggs that have been washed, as store bought eggs have lost their protective coating that comes naturally and must be refrigerated. Straight from the hen and unwashed can be stored on the counter or in a co spot, but not store bought eggs.

  7. I once had many extra eggs so I put a dozen (in a cardboard egg container) in the freezer. A few weeks later, I thawed them in the fridge and they were COMPLETELY normal–as if they had never been frozen. Try it with one egg–I was shocked.

    • Christina says:

      I tried putting them in the garage fridge when I was over run with eggs-they were horrid. LOL/I will try cracking them an using ice cube trays….and those NEAT-OH bags.

    • Hello Ruth or readers:

      Does it have to be in a cardboard carton or can it be the styrofoam carton?

  8. Awesome!!

  9. Here is a great link for all the ways you can freeze eggs:

    To avoid gelatinous yolks I scramble and add salt (and pepper and cauliflower puree). Then I freeze the eggs in old 4 cup yogurt tubs. Each container holds the right amount for a meal with scrambled eggs for my family.

    Freezing is also great for camping. No worry about broken eggs in travel and they thaw (or thaw enough) for use after a day or two.

  10. I have frozen both egg yolks and egg whites. The whites thawed great and were normal but my yolks gelled up. I added salt and scrambled the yolks like a lot of websites said and I they still were so gelatinous that I couldn’t use them. Everything I read said you couldn’t freeze the whole egg together but it looks like it works great for you. Do you have any problems with the yolk becoming gelatinous?

  11. Do the egg whites beat stiff after being frozen?

    • Oooh…gonna test that tomorrow morning by making homemade waffles –> I will update you soon!ate you soon!

  12. thank you for sharing this Karrie! I had no idea you could freeze eggs. I will stocking up on eggs now when they are on sale.

  13. Wow….I never knew. Typically I have fried the eggs or hard boiled and THEN frozen them….but this is genius! I will definitely be stocking up when they go on sale now.

  14. You wanna know what, I was just asking myself this last week. I was thinking about getting chickens and how many and wanted to know if it was possible to freeze eggs. Do you have chickens? If so, how many eggs does one chicken lay per day? Thanks a bunch! Love the site! 🙂

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Yes, I do have 4 backyard chickens! I usually get 3-4 eggs every day from all of my chickens. 🙂

    • Patty Barbee says:

      I’ve been raising chickens for 5 years now. I have 29 hens. I get anywhere from 14 to 21 eggs every day. It depends a lot on the breed. It also depends on whether or not the hens are happy. If the weather is too hot or too cold, they may stop laying for a while, or at least slow down. Once I had too many roosters. Hens don’t like that. They told me so by not laying until I got rid of all but one rooster. Then they were happy again and laying left and right. They talk to you, if you listen. ;0)

  15. Hmm … why do you have to crack the eggs … if the yolk and eggwhite can be frozen, why not just chuck the whole egg shell and all in the freezer and let thaw when needed?

  16. No more running out of eggs while on a baking frenzy during a snowstorm!!!!!

  17. just had to share this with you.The best way to freeze the eggs is to use silicone cupcake cups-just great. I tried quite a few containers , like ice cube trays and had a hard time getting frozen eggs out. to use the silicone cups after the eggs freeze-just turn them inside out and the eggs pop out. I can do a dozen at a time, laying them in a cake pan. I bought them at Walmart 6/$1.98. I sure hope this helps someone. I think this is the best tip I know—next to freezing eggs.

  18. Is there are reason not to freeze them in the shells?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I have read that if you freeze raw eggs in their shell, the water in the egg can expand creating small cracks in the shell letting bacteria contaminate the egg. If the egg freezes without any cracks it is said to be edible. 🙂

  19. So, here is what I am wondering…. Do you know if this effects the nutrients of the eggs? I know that they are delicate when it comes to heat, but wonder about very cold temperatures. Would really love to know, because this is such a helpful idea.
    Thank you!

  20. Hi. I followed this tip and upon defrosting, my yolks were firm like they had been cooked (even at room temp). There was no mention of this happening in the post that I could see. How do you work around this? I put them in my blender to puree and am hoping the muffins I am baking will work out.

  21. Hi there, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this article.

    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

  22. Susan M. says:

    Hi Karrie!
    I’m pretty new to your site. This was a really helpful article. I’ve become interested in homesteading, etc., and considering raising chickens, especially for the eggs. I’ve wondered about storing eggs, how long they last, etc. I never knew you could FREEZE eggs, let alone store them at room temp! I’ve also been reading about selecting chickens, and which ones are “broody”. Sounds like choosing ones that are not “broody” is the way to go. In the description of being “broody”, it would seem that may be the chicken version of “PMS.” lol Anyway….thanks for the great info on eggs. I do have a question though. I bought some fresh eggs from a local farmer about the middle of last summer (2013), are they still good (as in edible)? I’ve kept them in the fridge. It was my first time buying fresh eggs, rather than store bought. Thanks!

    P.S. I live in Kennewick (WA).

    • Hello Susan, welcome to my site! As for your question about the eggs, I wouldn’t eat them — I think the longest in the fridge should be around 4-5 months. It would lose a lot of the nutritional value much longer after that..and possibly make you sick.

  23. I am definitely trying this. My girls are laying like crazy! It’s becoming a joke that no one can visit our house without taking a dozen eggs home with them.
    To Susan M, I doubt I’d eat those old eggs either but the best trick to find out if an egg is good or bad is to place it in a bowl of water…if it sinks, it’s fine. If it floats, it’s bad…toss it out.
    Years ago, back before the airline regulations were tightened, my mom would bring a carry on full of fresh eggs home with her when she visited at Christmas. She was still eating our eggs at Easter although she did check each one before she ate it.
    Freezing eggs seems like a great way to have eggs in the winter when the girls take a break and the egg production drops. Thanks Karrie!

  24. Pam Winterrowd says:

    Good info to know….especially since I have MANY freezer containers with 6 eggs in each one already in my freezer. ha. We have less than 15 hens, and at one point I was being overrun with fresh eggs, but I hated to give them all away; so I froze them in groups of 6—perfect for my cream cheese pound cake recipe.

  25. Just wondering what type of freezer bags you are using and if you like them.

  26. T, Cunningham says:

    I had many grocery items for the freezer and some of my items in the bottom part of my fridge froze about seven of my eggs I have in an egg tray and four more in a new carton of eggs I had bought early in the week…When I went to fill my egg container they were stuck as they had cracked….all I said was oh no did I buy them that way as I always check for cracked eggs…..then as I got the new package there were more stuck in the cardboard container….seeing as I tried to pull them out the shell was stuck and the eggs looked frozen…….needing them for baking that week…I decided to put them in a bowl and use them quickly, I tried to wash off the moisture of ice on them, before I put them in the bowl …..two days later they all looked foomy ant I was sad to do this but put them down the drain……thanks for your advise but for me its too late to have kept them….Thank you …T. Cunningham

  27. Just to go along with the other crazy ideas on here, why can’t you just freeze the chicken till you get ready for eggs, then being them out to thaw and start laying?

  28. I freeze everything but I have never tried freezing eggs. Thanks for the information. Eggs are now going to be in my freezer.

  29. Hi! I was wondering how you thaw them? How long at room temperature? Can you ‘defrost’ it faster in the microwave? If you decided you don’t need it, can you refreeze it? If you’re using it to bake, does it affect the consistency of the finished baked product? Thank you!



  31. This is my first year having chickens and this is so great to know!! It will come in handy, especially for stalking up for winter when the chickens are producing less. Thank you so much!!

  32. susanna stevens says:

    Thank you for the information about freezing raw egg. My question is: Can you refreeze them? I made a lemon tart that called for two raw eggs, and rather than being cooked the tart was put into the freezer. I then thawed it and consumed part. Can I refreeze the part that remains?

    • Usually my rule of thumb is not to refreeze anything twice because it usually takes away from the taste. I don’t think you will get sick or anything unless your eggs weren’t good to begin with, but the texture and flavor might not be perfect anymore.

  33. Thank you for the awesome tips. I throw away eggs because they expire. No more

  34. Can you freeze them in their shell?

  35. Cayuqui Estage Noel says:

    It’s worth trying. Thanks.

  36. Cayuqui Estage Noel says:

    The reason I’m interested is that my two-days-a-week house keeper stored the eggs in the refrigerator close to the freezer (which I never do) and they froze. I left them overnight in the lower part of the refrigerator and they’re still frozen. I’m going to leave one out in room temperature to see what happens. Yep, thay all cracked, but as they were frozen, none of the egg white leaked out. Thank you so much for all this wonderful information. I am an “abandoned” husband, and I love it, but am having a hard time mananging the house — something I’ve never done alone before. Again, thank you.

    • HEY ,KERRIE LOL I just couldn’t resist writing this please forgive me😁
      I’m Abandoned also BUT at PEACE,maybe your egg whites &my egge yolks could get together and see what’s for supper. I’ve been freezing milk for over 25yrs. Isn’t this a GREAT SITE😀😁. THANKS KERRIE

  37. Lately, the price of eggs varies here from as low as 88 cents a dozen to as much as $2.79 a dozen (go figure). So, heck… I stock up when they are cheap. I just bought three dozen jumbos at $1.19/doz, with about half of them double and even a couple triple yolks. I just use the small ziplock bags from the dollar store for whole eggs or egg yolks. I also use the small snap lock plastic containers (10 for a dollar) for whites; they will hold 2 or three yolks or a half cup or so of whites each. Both containers work fine. I’ve never had gelatinous yolks when I froze the whole egg (I suspect that the whites being present may prevent that).

  38. This is very handy to know how to freeze eggs I I have been getting about 14 a day. More than I will ever use, I give them away as well but still have too many, it’s either feast or gammon lol. I also pickled a lot of eggs. Any other suggestions how to use up eggs would be great, cheers.

  39. We raise chickens too! Whenever I can’t find a buyer, it’s would be nice to freeze them! Thanks for teaching me how! I linked your post on my website it was such a great article (you can read it Feb 13, 2017)

  40. Gayle Graham says:

    Carrie…..I’m very glad I found your site but now I’m completely confused.
    I have copied 3 different entries… says yes she froze raw eggs in cardboard carton
    and they were completely normal when she took them out and thawed them. Then another
    entry asks if it’s ok to freeze eggs in their shells and your answer said no…they will expand
    and crack…..and then the last entry below says that if they crack in the freezer, they can
    become contaminated. So my question is….who is correct…the first one who said they were
    completely normal….or the ones after saying they crack and can cause bacteria.
    Thanks for your help!!…..Gayle

    Ruth says:
    January 9, 2014 at 9:10 am
    I once had many extra eggs so I put a dozen (in a cardboard egg container) in the freezer. A few weeks later, I thawed them in the fridge and they were COMPLETELY normal–as if they had never been frozen. Try it with one egg–I was shocked.

    Lynn says:
    February 4, 2016 at 11:29 am
    Can you freeze them in their shell?

    Karrie says:
    February 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm
    Nope, they will expand and crack and you will have all sorts of a mess.

    Happy.MoneySaver says:
    March 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm
    I have read that if you freeze raw eggs in their shell, the water in the egg can expand creating small cracks in the shell letting bacteria contaminate the egg. If the egg freezes without any cracks it is said to be edible. 🙂


  41. Gayle Graham says:

    Thanks Karrie…..maybe I’ll just try one like someone above suggested and
    see what happens……….GG

  42. Gayle Graham says:

    Hi Karrie…again….you had said not to freeze raw eggs in the shell because
    if they crack it could cause bacteria to enter the egg….or was it someone
    else who said that about bacteria ?….in any case I tried freezing one egg as a test and
    there is a crack down on side of the egg. I would like you to tell me
    for a fact, that this egg, when thawed, will have bacteria in it and should
    be thrown out. Thanks again….Gayle

    • I’m sure Karrie can’t guarantee that there will or won’t be bacteria in it, but with a crack in it, you do run that risk. I would personally still use it and make sure it’s thoroughly cooked, but it’s probably worth the small amount of extra work to crack future eggs before freezing. Salmonella poisoning is a big fat bummer.

  43. how long does it take to thaw?

    • Gayle Graham says:

      Sorry….Kathy……I didn’t pay any attention. I had put the one egg in a small
      container just big enough to hold the egg…..then I took it out of the freezer and
      put it on the counter for awhile and then in the fridge still in the small container.
      I had noticed the crack (very thin crack) down one side of the egg when I took
      it out of the freezer. I haven’t received an answer back yet from Karrie regarding
      bacteria…She had said above on Jan. 26 that she say has seen eggs crack and
      expand (mine didn’t expand) and she still says no to freezing but she hasn’t
      answered the reason she says no……I’ve asked if it’s because of bacteria which
      someone had mentioned but she hasn’t answered so far.

      • Ok. I just have to say something here. Its like, you know, common sense? Just like with fresh eggs. .. do not use cracked eggs. Obviously they could become contaminated with bacteria. Eat your cracked eggs at your own risk 🙂 Bloggers cannot “guarantee” eggs will or won’t harbor bacteria… come on, geez

  44. Gayle Graham says:

    Hi Karrie…’s me bugging you again about my above message of Jan. 25.
    Sure would like to know about bacteria because I get cartons of
    eggs given to me and would love to be able to freeze them whole and
    in their cardboard carton…..Thanks again……

  45. Pam Wolfe says:

    Are there any instructions on thawing them?

  46. Hi there! A local farmer is running a special on her pastured hen and duck eggs, so I was thrilled to find this! Another commenter shared this link:

    It addresses freezing whites and yolks separately, or all together but beaten, and says that yolks frozen by themselves can become extremely gelatinous over time. They never mention freezing the white and yolk together but unbeaten, so I’m concerned that might also result in a change in texture. Have you noticed a gelatinous texture in the yolks after freezing whole and thawing?

  47. I am an australian and our weather is extremly hot in summer, my question is if i freeze my eggs then defrost them would the heat while defrosting the eggs would it still be ok to defrost them on a bench befor baking with them or would the heat damage them somehow if i was unable to use them as soon as they defrost.Thank you for this helpful tip i had no idea that you could freeze them, that would also free up some room in my fridge with bulky cartons.

    • Its best to thaw them and keep them cool – like in the refrigerator or running under the sink in cool water. If you are planning on cooking them that day you could defrost in microwave a bit but you may get some cooked bits. Better safe than sorry.

  48. Edward Carver, 5th generation Floridian. says:

    Hi Lady:
    I am an older person who has raised chickens for over 50 years and had never heard of freezing eggs but will try it. Probably mostly because there was NO freezers in my early days. I have a good question, Which way to freeze them, Quick? or slower like a home freezer? Seems to me that a quick frozen egg would keep it’s shape in the shell without cracking, and seems as if the slower way could lead to cracked eggs. Have you tried each way? or does your freezer do a quick job? It is my idea that Most home freezers are opened more often than commercial freezers and that may cause the eggs to crack. I live alone and do not open the “HOME” freezer daily so will try it both ways. Will let you know what I find out. I am so glad My Daughter read your page and sent it to me. Tis nice to know even a city FARM GIRL has such good knowledge of farming chickens.

  49. Hi, Karrie!
    Whenever I have a glut of eggs, I freeze them in lock up bags in batches of 6. I beat them lightly and add a pinch of salt. I use them for baking or omelettes; they are absolutely perfect for that; I always give them through the electric blender before using them. Never had a problem. However, this year, I want to skip the freezer , in order not to have to rely on electricity. Years ago I oiled the eggs with jojoba oil and kept them in a clean carton – as cool as possible- and they kept for a long time ( can’t remember exactly how long ). Jojoba oil is quite expensive, though and I had just the idea of replacing it with coconut oil ( of which I have several jars ). Just prepared the dozen laid today , to keep with your advice on using only fresh eggs, and I’ll see how I go . May I add that I live in Victoria, Australia.. Thank you for your great blog!

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