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Yes, you can freeze scrambled eggs both raw and cooked for 6 to 12 months and still maintain high quality. They are super easy to defrost in the freezer overnight and then reheat on the stove top or in the microwaves.
How to Freeze Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are a super easy, nutritious and relatively inexpensive breakfast. Additionally, eggs can be added into various different baked goods such as quiches or cookies.
Whether you found a great sale and want to stock up on eggs or, perhaps you raise your own chickens and know that you won't get eggs through the winter. Either way, you may be looking to extend a shelf life of your eggs.
This is a situation I was in a few years ago when we purchased our farm and had our first flock of chickens. We had way more eggs than we could finish before they went bad and wanted to make sure that we could save them for later. So, after a lot of experimenting, I found out the best way to freeze scrambled eggs.
Of note: You can freeze boiled eggs, whole eggs, omelettes and other versions of eggs also, but I found that scrambled eggs whether raw or cooked tend to be the best when reheated.
Before you freeze your eggs it is important to know that the texture won't be quite as light and fluffy as freshly cooked eggs are. This is due to the fact that they do separate a little while they are frozen.
You'll notice, especially if you're freezing raw scrambled eggs, that when you defrost them you can see the separation in a little bit of extra whiteness in the eggs. This leads to them being a little more liquidy once cooked. But, they still taste delicious.
There are three main methods to freezing scrambled eggs detailed below. The one you choose should match up with how you intend to use the eggs once you've defrosted them.
Freezing raw in freezer bags or container
If you have a ton of eggs that you want to save and you have not yet cooked them, freezing them raw in freezer bags or an airtight container is a good way to go. This method is particularly good if you will be feeding more than just one person once you have defrosted them.
- Prepare them. Crack your eggs into a bowl and use a whisk to whisk them together well. Well you don't want to over beat them, you want to make sure that the yolk and egg white are thoroughly mixed or you will get even more separation during freezing.
- Portion them. Decide how much you'll need once you defrost them and break them into those size portions.
- Package them. For your portioned eggs into an airtight container or freezer bag. They will expand slightly when frozen so make sure to leave an inch or so of head space between the lid of the container and the top of the freezer bag. However, you don't want to leave a ton of extra room because it's extra air can lead to freezer burn.
- Seal them. Go ahead and place a lid on your container. If you'd like an extra layer of protection you can place a layer of plastic wrap between the eggs and the lid. If you're using a freezer bag, make sure to press any extra air out before you zip it shut.
- Label and freeze. Write the date on the outside of the container or bag. And then place them into the freezer. If you're using a freezer bag, it's good to freeze them flat so that they're easy to store in the freezer.
Freezing raw in muffin tin
If you know that you'll be using smaller portions of the eggs once you defrost them or if you're using them for baking it's good to freeze them raw in a muffin tin. This allows for smaller portion sizes.
- Prepare them. Crack your eggs and whisk them together well. Make sure not to over beat them, but make sure they are thoroughly combined so that they don't separate extra in the freezer.
- Portion them. Decide how many eggs you'll want in each muffin tin. Usually you can fit three or four depending on the size muffin tin you have.
- Flash freeze. For your portioned eggs into each of the muffin tank department and place it into the freezer. Leave it in the freezer for several hours until the eggs have frozen solid.
- Package them. Remove the tin from the freezer and Pop the frozen egg muffins out. Then, place them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
- Seal and label. Place the lid on your container or squeeze all of the air out of your freezer bag and zip it shut. Then, with a pen or marker, write the date on the outside of the bag or container.
- Refreeze. Pop your container or freezer bag into the freezer.
Freezing already cooked
Whether you've already cooked your eggs and just can't finish them or you want to cook them in advance so that they're faster to reheat when you defrost, freezing cooked scrambled eggs is also super easy.
- Prepare and portion. Go ahead and cook your scrambled eggs as you normally would. Make sure not to overcook as they will have to be reheated later and if they are overcooked to start they can get a little rubbery. Then, separate them into portion sizes that you'll be using once they're thawed.
- Package them. Take your portions and place them into a freezer bag or an airtight container.
- Seal and label. Place the lid onto your airtight container. Or, if using a freezer bag, press out any excess air and then zip it shut. Make sure to also write the date on the outside of the container or bag.
- Freeze them. Toss your container or bag into the freezer.
Successful freezing tips
No matter which method you choose above, make sure to follow these easy tips to have the best quality possible.
- Freeze them fresh. Eggs don't last super long especially once if you cooked, so it's very important to freeze them as fresh as possible so they maintain maximum quality and freshness.
- Don't let air in. Make sure your freezer bag or container is totally air tight this way you will eliminate or slow down a possible freezer burn.
- Portion them. Make sure to freeze them and whatever portion size you'll be eating this way you won't waste any when you defrost them.
How to Defrost Scrambled Eggs
The best way to defrost scrambled eggs is slowly in the refrigerator. Simply remove them from the freezer and place them in the fridge overnight. If you have frozen a lot of raw scrambled eggs together it may take longer than 8 or so hours to fully defrost.
Make sure your eggs are fully defrosted before reheating or cooking them. If they are already cooked, you can simply place them in the microwave or on the stove top just for a minute or two to get them warm.
If you froze them raw, then you can cook them in any manner that you prefer. I like to speed things up and cook them in the microwave, however, this does affect the texture a little bit.
If you froze in a freezer bag, to make it easier to get them out of the bag, hold them over a container and snip the bottom end off with kitchen scissors
Freezing Scrambled Eggs FAQ
How long can you keep scrambled eggs in the freezer?
Scrambled eggs can be kept in the freezer for 6 to 12 months. They stay safe to eat even longer, but will start to have a decrease in quality and texture the longer they're frozen.
Can you freeze scrambled eggs with cheese?
Yes, you can freeze scrambled eggs with cheese. The reheated and defrosted texture maybe a little off.
How long do scrambled eggs last in the fridge?
Scrambled eggs only last a couple days in the refrigerator.
How to Freeze Scrambled Eggs
- airtight container
- marker or pen
- freezer bags
- Muffin Tin
Freezing Raw in bags or container
- Decide how many eggs you will need when you defrost and portion them that way.
- Crack your portioned eggs into a bowl and whisk them together.
- Pour your scrambled raw eggs into an airtight container or a freezer bag. Allow an inch or so at the top as they will expand slightly when frozen.
- If using a freezer bag, press out any air from the bag and then zip it shut. If using a container, simply secure the lid on top of it.
- Write the date on the outside and toss it into the fridge.
Freezing raw in muffin tins or ice cube trays
- Crack your eggs and scramble them up with a whisk or fork.
- Pour your scrambled eggs into a muffin tin or compartments of an ice cube tray. Be sure to leave a little room at top for them to expand some.
- Pop your muffin tin or ice cube tray into the freezer for several hours.
- Once frozen, remove from freezer, pop your eggs out of the tin or tray and into a freezer bag or airtight container.
- Write the date on it and pop it back into the freezer.
- Crack your eggs into a bowl and scramble them up using a whisk or fork.
- Cook them in your preferred manner - on the stovetop or microwave.
- Allow them to cool thoroughly. Then portion them into the amount sizes you will need when thawed.
- Pop them into a freezer bag or an airtight container.
- Press any air out of the freezer bag and then zip it shut. If you have them in a container, place the lid on top of it.
- Use a marker and write the date on it, then toss it into the freezer.