The winter months bring a slow-down of egg production on the farm. Shorter daylight hours and colder weather give our hens the okay to not lay as often, giving us a much lower farm fresh egg count daily. There are even days when I do not get any eggs for our family.
With the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, our hens go into overdrive. Now that spring has hit the farm and it is starting to warm up so quickly, our chickens are laying like crazy. Y’all! I’m telling you, we get anywhere between 12 to 22 eggs a day! A DAY! A for a family of 4, there is just NO WAY we can eat that many eggs. So, I have learned a way to preserve our farm fresh eggs for the winter months when our chickens are taking a break.
The Golden Bucket of Eggs – My family’s story
My father owned a bakery for a very, very long time. I had always had that bakery in my life from the time I can remember. I would go with my father to the bakery in the wee-morning hours. We would work all hours of the night and day. I was amazed at all of the baking tips, techniques and smells even to this day.
Dad would receive a truckload of products to use to make all of the yummies he had on the schedule for the next days, weeks and months. A company by the name of “Dawn” would deliver all of the supplies. I don’t even know if they are still in business but I remember the 18-wheel truck pulling up next to the bakery. Dad’s bakery was located on the corner of 3rd and Wolf Street in south Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The roads were THIN and TINY! It used to amaze me to watch that truck maneuver around the corners and down the streets.
They would unload that truck full of flour, sugar, milk, cookies, sprinkles, icing, chocolate, paper, boxes, and much, much more; like EGGS! The eggs would come in a 5 gallon golden metal container. The containers were cold and frosty on the outside. The delivery guys would unload the golden buckets into the basement where the large walk-in freezer was located. They would fill the freezer shelves, checking dates to put the older golden buckets closer to the front. Those golden buckets were dozens and dozens of scrambled eggs to use in my dad’s recipes. Scrambled eggs. Now, the didn’t contain anything like milk, salt or pepper – just eggs that had been scrambled and frozen. When dad needed eggs for a recipe, he would thaw one bucket in the refrigerator and use them from the thawed bucket. It was brilliant.
Could you imagine a baker who had to crack dozens and dozens and dozens for daily orders? And to have to do that over and over and over again all day long?
When thawed, they looked like freshly cracker scrambled eggs. It was perfect! Little did I know at the time, this was training for me to know how to preserve our own farm fresh eggs.
How I Preserve our Eggs
Today, I share with you the way we preserve farm fresh eggs during the warmer months to use in the colder, winter months. I have found freezing our eggs is the easiest way to preserve them to use for when our chickens do not produce. And the steps are simple.
Steps to Freeze Eggs
First, you want to first gather all of your supplies: eggs, bowls to use for freezing, whisk, and a gallon-sized Ziplock bag or other container to hold the frozen eggs.
Be sure to wash the egg’s shells if you are preserving farm fresh eggs. You don’t want any of that chicken mess to accidently fall in your containers as you are freezing.
Wash your containers thoroughly before using. I actually run ours through the dish washer prior to use. Pampered Chef Silicone Bowls work perfect for this. You can find the link below to purchase some for yourself. I personally like to use silicone bowls because it makes it easier to pop out the frozen eggs.
Now that you have your supplies together and ready to use, crack 2 eggs into each bowl. I suggest placing only 2 eggs per bowl. I have found most recipes require 2 eggs.
So, scramble your eggs. You can do that very well or just scrambled. They both will freeze the same. Also, you can add a pinch of salt if you wish. I do not add anything to my eggs.
Once all of the bowls are scrambled, place them in the freezer FLAT. You want to make sure your eggs are totally frozen. I generally will give them about 8+ hours of freezing time before popping them out. You will then place them into freezer bags or container to hold for later.
Storing Eggs for Later Use
You want to label your bag or container with the date of the eggs and the quantity of each frozen block. When your eggs are completely frozen, pop them out and place them into your labeled bag or container. Place immediately back into your freezer. You can vacuum pack your bag or container for less air during preservation.
When you need to use the eggs, pull them out the night before and place in the refrigerator to thaw. Sometimes, if I’m running behind or forget to pull them out, I pull a block out and sit it in another bowl and sit on the counter until thaw.
Once the eggs are thawed, then you can add them to recipes or even use as you normally would.