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beanodc Apr 11, 2011 10:27 AM

I have 8 egg yolks and would like to make hollandaise and freeze it. I have tried to freeze egg yolks before and was not successful. I am wondering if anyone has ever frozen hollandaise and found the quality of the sauce to be good enough to make it worthwhile. TIA for any help.

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    Isolda Apr 11, 2011 10:31 AM

    The only egg emulsion I have ever tried to freeze was homemade mayonnaise, and the result was not pretty. (It separated and never came together again.) Maybe there's a trick to this, but I think I'd make something else with those eggs, like a cake. The Southern classic lane cake calls for lots of egg yolks.

    1. hotoynoodle Apr 11, 2011 11:19 AM

      i can't see this working. you could make a custard or mousse though and that will freeze more successfully.

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        sparkareno Apr 11, 2011 12:22 PM

        I remember hearing somewhere that in order to freeze egg yolks or whole beaten eggs or whites you need to add either salt or sugar (depending on what the end expected use is) to them before freezing. I don't know about hollandaise but if you just want to freeze the yolks, try this.

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          mrbitterpants Apr 11, 2011 01:31 PM

          Not sure about Hollandaise, but I did keep some extra Bernaise but I didn't freeze it. Since its also a butter emulsion it should be similar.

          Anyways, I just stuck the sauce in an airtight container and tossed it in the fridge. It solidified into essentially a giant lump of butter. I reckon if butter can keep in the fridge then so can my Bernaise.

          Then comes the reheating part. Use ultra low heat. I think it becomes more delicate after refrigeration. Anyways, the first time i just lopped off a chunk and tossed it in my pot and stuck it on low. It separated.

          The second time, i cut it up into small cubes and put my pot on the lowest setting and continually stirred it until it melted and then whisked it. I had to keep pulling the pot off the heat to regulate the temp, but it worked.

          FYI. Not sure if it makes a difference or not but the original sauce was made with clarified butter.

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            jaykayen Apr 11, 2011 01:55 PM

            DO you have an ice cream maker?

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              beanodc Apr 12, 2011 11:56 AM

              No. I keep planning to buy one but have yet to do it. Were you going to suggest making a custard based ice cream?

            2. bushwickgirl Apr 12, 2011 01:22 PM

              Oh, very problematic to reheat, not worth doing. Let the sauce defrost and reheat gently by adding small spoonfuls of hot water while whisking briskly. Don't blame me if it doesn't work out.

              I don't understand why you didn't have sucess freezing the yolks, try this method; beat them and add 1/8 teaspoon of salt for every four yolks, or 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar or corn syrup for sweet uses, label with date, use within four months. Adding the salt or sugar inhibits the tendency of the yolks to go gelationous.

              I would freeze yplain olks over Hollandaise anyday.

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