Curious Fact: Eggs and meat from animals that eat a healthy, species-appropriate diet contain a nutrient and healthy fats profile very similar to that of highly-touted wild salmon. They also just plain taste good.
So what is a person to do when it’s the beginning of January and ALL the ducks have stopped laying due to shorter days and an unexpectedly cold start to the winter?
Why, crack out the frozen eggs, laid aside from the bounty of October, of course!! They won’t take the place of a freshly harvested egg for standing up in the pan and smiling sunny-side-up in the plate, but they sure as heck beat pale, watery, unappetizing $1-a-dozen eggs from Walmart!
I get a lot of folks asking for tips on freezing their own bounty. I know this is the wrong time of year for this to actually be helpful, but it’s on my mind while I sit here longing for a freshly harvested egg, so here it goes anyway. Simple process for freezing eggs:
Step One: Gather your supplies
You’ll need: A bowl, a whisk (or beater), two ice cube trays (I love the dollar store variety), and a dozen fresh eggs–the fresher the better
Step Two: Crack eggs into bowl
Sorry I don’t have a picture for this. As soon as my girls start laying again…
Step Three: Lightly beat eggs, just until the yolks are mixed up with the whites
Ditto on the pictures…
Step Four: Pour beaten eggs into ice cube trays
I have found a dozen duck eggs to fit neatly into two dollar store ice cube trays. Very convenient.
Step Five: Freeze eggs
At the risk of stating the obvious, be sure to keep the eggs upright and level while they are freezing. This is what they will look like when they are completely frozen.
Step Six: Crack frozen eggs into bowl
Try really hard not to drop any into the crack between stove and counter, at the peril of having to dig a now-useless cube out of the uncharted darkness and then spend half an hour cleaning up the grossness you were formerly blissfully ignorant of:
Step Seven: Pour Eggs Into Zipper Bags
Two dozen eggs fit neatly into a quart-sized freezer bag. Convenient.
Step Eight: Label and Store
Again, the obvious: Store in your freezer. Less obvious, but almost equally important: Unless you enjoy surprises when you are expecting a refreshing mango smoothie, label the eggs carefully to avoid later confusion. Bright orange frozen cubes can be easily mis-identified. Also, knowing when you put them in the freezer increases confidence in their freshness.
Eggs can be kept this way at least six months–probably longer. Certainly long enough to get you through the desert of recalcitrant poultry who choose to eat without working. To use, simply remove the number of cubes you need (ROUGHLY two cubes per egg desired) and thaw in another baggie in warm water.
Next summer, you’ll know what to do with all those extra eggs. In the meantime, just envy me my homegrown eggs while all you schmucks are standing in the grocery aisle deciding between the $6-a-dozen okay eggs and the $1-a-dozen yucky ones.