Now that my 8-month son is at the stage of exploring food, I have to do everything to find the best baby food recipes for him. Yesterday, I found out a porridge recipe with egg yolk. But what should I do with the egg whites? Then I came up with the idea of preserving them.
Aside from preparing baby food, most moms also enjoy making desserts. Everybody knows that egg is one of the basic ingredients when it comes to baking, so it is always on top of bakers’ shopping list.
Ice cream with egg whites, for one, is being enjoyed by most families, especially kids. First timers may worry about the egg overpowering the taste of other ingredients. Fortunately, egg whites have mild taste. It’s not overpowering and just balances the creaminess and texture of ice cream.
Can You Freeze Egg Whites?
When it comes to freezing, cleanliness is an important thing to remember. Separate the yolk from the white properly to freeze the latter properly. One problem is that it loses its ‘foamy’ texture after freezing.
Other than that, it’s still as yummy as the fresh ones. Egg supplies the body with protein so take note of this as you move along the freezing method. With the help of sugar, you can retain protein and still be healthy even if the egg whites are already frozen.
Egg whites are can add creaminess to your dishes. If you’re wondering why some desserts from your favorite restaurant are so smooth, then egg whites are among the secrets. The thing is its shelf life is not that long.
Freezing is the answer! Believe it or not, you can store it in the freezer for a year but once thawed, you have to consume them right away. Use frozen egg whites in thoroughly cooked dishes only to kill possible bacteria.
As mentioned, eggs are not only fragile because of their shells but because they are known to have a short shelf life. When shopping for eggs, freshness and expiration date should be among your considerations.
Surprisingly, it’s possible to preserve eggs as a whole – both yolk and white. Many people are allergic to the word ‘waste’ so make it a point to put all your kitchen ingredients in good use.
How to Freeze Egg Whites?
Even the most delicate foods, like egg whites, can be frozen. Here are some tips on how to save those yummy egg whites.
- Make sure to separate the yolk from the white cleanly.
- Put as many egg whites as you want in one container. Just label them with the number of egg whites you put then seal tightly.
- If you want to freeze them individually for a more accurate measurement, just put them in ice cube trays.
- When it’s all done, transfer them to a bigger freezer container.
Tips and reminders:
- Whether the egg is cooked or raw, put them in fridge where you can keep it cool and not on the egg tray in the refrigerator door.
- Immediately freeze leftover egg whites in an airtight container.
- You may notice an unwanted smell but don’t worry because it’s harmless.
- If you plan to use the frozen egg whites, make sure to thaw them the night before. Thawing takes a day so you can’t use them if you’re in a hurry.
Egg Whites Recipes
One of the usual desserts that egg whites are known for. It’s easy and fast to do that you can do it when you have a sudden occasion. You can add different colors for fun.
Egg White and Vegie Pita Pockets
If you prefer a healthy breakfast, then this one’s for you. You can use wheat for your pita. The Swiss cheese will add a kick to your taste buds.
Egg White Omelet
You can control the simple taste of this dish by adding your preferred amount of salt. It’s a great way to save leftover egg whites. The flavor is as good as the one in this video.
Yes, you can freeze egg whites. The process of freezing does not damage the nutrients, texture, or taste of the egg whites. However, it will change their color to pale yellow but that particular change affects neither quality nor taste. You should never boil frozen egg whites as they might turn into a rubbery texture. Here is how to freeze your egg whites: separate them from yolks; place some ice cubes in a bowl; place the bowl with eggs and ice next to each other (to avoid water getting inside); put one hand over the opening while shaking vigorously for at least 5 minutes; make sure there are no lumps before sealing tightly; label with today’s date if you plan on using it later.
Let us know how your frozen egg whites turned out. How do you plan to use them? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comment section below!