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Concerned about news stories projecting the cost of eggs going to $12 a dozen or overloaded
with fresh farm eggs? Looking for a way to preserve some now while they are plentiful
and inexpensive? Look no further!
Freezing unshelled eggs is the way to go! Before we get into the quick and easy steps
to freeze eggs, let’s look at two key points on:
First, eggs are porous allowing oxygen and humidity to move from outside to inside
the shell to create the ideal conditions for developing chicks to grow until hatching.
Even the “bloom”- that waxy coating on farm eggs that is washed off in commercial
egg production- does not stop this process.
For this reason, soaking shelled eggs in any form of water solution is not recommended because potential
contamination in the air and water will make their way inside the egg through the
shell. Soaking in lime water was a common practice prior to widespread availability of refrigeration, but it is now known that lime
(calcium hydroxide) can cause a multitude of issues with short term and prolonged use including severe change in acid level of blood, breathing difficulty, skin irritation,
and abdominal pain. This transfer of oxygen and humidity also causes egg quality
to decline over time.
Second, eggs are inherently at risk of salmonella contamination. These bacteria can make you seriously sick with symptoms of fever, stomach cramps,
diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headache beginning 6 hours to 6 days after exposure.
Yuck! I certainly do not want any of that!!! Salmonella cannot be seen, smelled,
or tasted so safe handling is of upmost importance with poultry products whether store-bought
or home grown.
Check out “Salmonella and Eggs” for the details, but summing it up, “chickens and other live poultry can carry
Mixing bowls, a wisk, strainer, and ice cube trays are among the supplies you'll need
to freeze eggs.
Salmonella bacteria. These germs can spread from the birds to their eggs. Always
handle and cook eggs properly to prevent illness.” Yep, you read that right-not just the outside of the egg, but inside the egg as
well! Since the salmonella can be on the inside, it is not recommended to store eggs
long-term inside the shell.
Let’s us put science to work for us to safely preserve this excellent protein source!
Key points to freezing eggs are: never freeze in the shell and frozen eggs should be used within 1 year.
Get printable link to instructions including freezing yolks and whites separately.
Protect yourself and loved ones by following the steps provided in Keeping Backyard Poultry. Take our online backyard poultry course. You can also call your local county agent for more information on food safety and
raising healthy livestock.
Locate us at: Arkansas Extension County Offices | Cooperative Extension Offices in Arkansas (uada.edu).