Learn how to freeze dry raw eggs the right way to give them a 25-year shelf life! This step by step will guide you through the process.
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It isn’t often thought of this way but, eggs are a seasonal food. When we have an abundance of eggs during Spring and early Summer here on the homestead, I like to preserve them in a variety of ways. One of my favorite ways to preserve eggs is to freeze dry them.
We love to freeze dry food because it retains 97% of its original nutritional value. We use a large freeze dryer so we can process as much food as possible in one batch. This comes in handy during maximum production times in the garden too! This is important to us because one of the reasons we live this lifestyle is to ensure that our family is getting good quality nutrient dense food. Freeze drying our eggs ensures that the nutrients from our organic chicken eggs remain as healthy as they can be, even over a long storage time.
Having a freezer is essential for the homestead but getting as much food into a shelf stable condition is the most sustainable option. This frees of up freezer space and allows food to last longer on the shelves. Because freeze dried food doesn’t need refrigeration it is perfect for long term food storage or even taking camping because it is light and easy to transport.
Can you freeze dry raw eggs?
Yes! Eggs can be either freeze dried raw or cooked. It is up to you and how you plan on using your eggs. Raw eggs allow you to still use them for baking and other uses besides just eating right away. You just need to be sure to remember to cook the eggs in some way. I like to label raw eggs with “raw eggs” and not simply “eggs” so that they can be identified quickly and not mixed up with cooked eggs in storage.
Equipment needed to freeze dry eggs
- A large mixing bowl
- Pitcher or other pouring vessel (I used a half gallon mason jar!)
- A home freeze dryer
- Mylar bags
- Oxygen absorbers
- Mason jars for storage
- Spatula or dough scraper
How to freeze dry raw eggs?
- Crack clean eggs into a large bowl.
- Scramble the eggs by hand or with an electric mixer.
- Pre-freeze the freeze dryer trays.
- Carefully pour the scrambled eggs into the frozen freeze dryer trays.
- Run the freeze dryer.
- Check to be sure the eggs are completely dried out and crumbly.
- Store based off of your desired length of storage.
What kind of eggs should I use to freeze dry?
We use our own chicken eggs produced right here on our homestead, but store-bought chicken eggs, quail, duck, etc. would work just as well! As long as the eggs are clean, and you be sure to strain out any bits of shell use, whatever type of egg you like best.
Should I freeze dry eggs raw or cooked?
This is totally your preference depending on how you are planning to use the eggs. I like to freeze dry eggs raw because using the freeze-dried eggs for baking during our chicken’s slow laying season works best for me. I can rehydrate and cook up raw eggs AND use them to bake. Once the eggs are cooked, they no longer will work for baking.
If you are specifically wanting to make ready-made meals with an egg bake, like a breakfast casserole or scramble then freeze-drying cooked eggs can be quite convenient for later use. It’s up to you! It is good to note that this post specifically teaches on how to freeze dry RAW eggs.
How Long do Freeze Dried Eggs Last?
If you store freeze dried eggs in a mylar bag with the proper amount of oxygen absorbers than freeze dried eggs will last up to 25 years! If you are freeze drying for just the slow season, you can store your freeze-dried egg powder in a mason jar with an oxygen absorber. This should keep your eggs fresh for up to one year.
How to reconstitute freeze dried eggs?
Reconstituting raw freeze-dried eggs is as simple as adding the freeze-dried egg powder to water in a small bowl and mixing it up with a fork or whisk!
How much freeze dried egg equals one egg?
To reconstitute the freeze-dried egg powder to equal ONE EGG, simply mix:
2 Tbsp of freeze-dried egg powder + 2 Tbsp of water= 1 Egg
Whisk together until the egg resembles a fresh egg and use just as you would if you just cracked open an egg! Of course, scale up depending on how many eggs you will need for cooking or baking.
How to store freeze dried eggs?
Freeze dried eggs can be stored in a variety of ways depending on how soon you want to use them. For short term storage (within one year) we store our eggs in quart sized mason jars with an oxygen absorber. For longer term storage, we keep our eggs in mylar bags of various sizes with oxygen absorbers.
We turned a bedroom into a walk-in pantry so that there is plenty of room for our home inventory items. Having ample shelf space where your food can be checked and managed is vital to reducing waste and keeping track of what you have.
Freeze dried eggs, like other long term stored food last longest when storage conditions are:
- Pest Free
Some other creative ways to make room for freeze dried food, is to clear a closet, food storage bins under a bed, or use an entire extra bedroom like we did!
How to use freeze dried eggs?
Use rehydrated freeze dried eggs just as you would use a fresh egg! Freeze drying is like a time capsule. Once the raw eggs is rehydrated you can use the egg to:
- Cook for a meal like scrambled eggs or omelets
- Make a frittata
- Use in any baking recipe!
- Make an egg casserole
- Some of our favorite ways to use eggs are to make a heart shaped egg or bake a delicious brandy pumpkin pie with pecan crust!