HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
What's your latest food project? Share your adventure
TELL US

Freezing egg whites; does this work?

mschow Dec 25, 2008 06:54 AM

I am making a Bearnaise sauce today, and will have lots of leftover egg whites. I'd like to save some of them for a chili relleno batter, but I won't be making the rellenos for at least a few days or more. Can I freeze the egg whites successfully? Zip lock bag or plastic container with lid?
Or, do I just toss them?
Thanks (already tried the search option on CH with no hits)

  1. HaagenDazs Dec 25, 2008 07:55 AM

    It is entirely possible and a good thing to do with lots of leftover egg whites, yes. The stereotypical way to freeze them is to fill ice cube trays if you have them and then bag them up.

    2 Replies
    1. re: HaagenDazs
      MMRuth Dec 25, 2008 08:02 AM

      I made Pisco Sours last night with some leftover egg whites - not frozen though.

      1. re: MMRuth
        HaagenDazs Dec 25, 2008 08:06 AM

        There ya go! What better way to use up egg white! And if you don't have Pisco in the house there are plenty of other cocktail recipes that use egg whites.

    2. goodhealthgourmet Dec 25, 2008 08:30 AM

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/282964
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/464160
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/556475
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/507584
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/418762
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/322186

      1. e
        Erika L Dec 25, 2008 09:26 AM

        Yes, they freeze just fine. I made meringues last week with whites that have been frozen at least six months. The trick is to freeze them completely air-tight, or else they'll evaporate, the way ice cubes do. Ice cube trays work, just be sure to use freezer-thickness Zip Locks, not regular ones. I freeze them in twos and threes (because the egg white recipes I use call for those quantities) in half-pint Mason jars, with a piece of plastic wrap in between the jar and the band/lid and the number of whites marked on the lid.

        1. t
          TDEL Dec 26, 2008 11:00 AM

          Yes you can, just make sure you write how many egg whites you have on the container so you'll know.

          Show Hidden Posts