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Is It Safe to Freeze Eggs?

Different types of eggs are grouped together.
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Many of us are pro-level food freezers. We know that freezing items like meat, leftover soup, and even milk can help stretch our food and save us a buck or two. But what about eggs?

Can you freeze eggs? As it turns out, yes, but there are a few rules if you want to try this.

When you think of putting eggs in the freezer, you likely think of sticking a whole carton up there, and that’s not how it should be done. In fact, you actually can not freeze whole eggs (raw or boiled) still in the shell. Instead, you’ll want to crack them, whisk them together, and then freeze them in an air-tight container. You can also do the same with egg whites and egg yolks. When frozen properly raw eggs can last up to a year in the freezer.

Souper Cubes 1-Cup Extra-Large Silicone Freezing Tray

Freeze eggs in trays to keep them separate.

Raw eggs can be stored for up to a year in the freezer, but you’ll want to keep in mind that the process could change the eggs’ texture. Egg whites likely won’t be affected, and in fact, freezing the egg whites can make them easier to foam. As for egg yolks, they can become a bit gelatinous when thawed.

What about cooked eggs? If you’ve ever made a breakfast casserole or meal-prepped egg bites or breakfast burritos, you probably already know that freezing cooked eggs is completely safe. Yes, they can last for a while—three to four months, in fact.

Whether you’re looking to meal prep some easy breakfasts or save cash by keeping your eggs fresher longer, freezing eggs is completely safe when done correctly.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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