More eggs than you know what to do with right now? Here are some ideas and recipes on how you can use up all those extra eggs!
Now is the time of year when your chickens will likely be laying more eggs then you can handle. Besides making scrambled eggs for breakfast every morning (which your family already told you they were tired of!) what are you planning on doing with all of those extra eggs?
If this sounds like you right now and if you have extra eggs laying around and not sure what to do with them, I’m sharing some wonderful recipes and ideas for you to make use of, with leftover eggs. Let’s get straight into it!
What to Do With Extra Eggs
Freeze your Eggs
The first thing to do when you have too many eggs is easy and simple; freeze them! Eggs can be kept for a year. You can freeze them whole or separately. Freezing them separately is a great option if you do a lot of baking. You might need to use the extra egg yolks or egg whites, depending on the recipe.
The easiest way to freeze eggs is to use an extra ice cube tray or two. If you are using the whole egg together, scramble your eggs first and then pour them into the trays. Freeze, pop out, and place in a freezer bag for later use. If you use the whites or yolks separately, separate them first and freeze only yolks in each ice cube “square” or only whites.
You can also freeze eggs in a muffin tin but it seems harder to get them out if you do it this way so I prefer the ice cube tray. My favorite tray to freeze eggs in is this Silicone Ice Cube Tray.
Boil Your Eggs
Eggs are filled with high protein and a great way to eat them is if you boil them. They make for such easy meals this way! There are so many different ideas when it comes to boiled eggs alone, from Chive Infused Hard Boiled Eggs, Egg salad, or a delicious pasta salad. We like to use ours just as the topping for a good chef salad.
I have ten simple Hard-Boiled Egg Recipes you can try here!
Easy Egg, Bacon and Cheese Quiche
Next, you can maybe try out a Quiche! Quiche can be a wonderful way to use up LOTS of eggs at once. The best part about the quiche is that they make a great make-ahead breakfast. Make it the night before and it will be ready to grab for breakfast in the morning.
I have a simple quiche recipe that includes homemade crust, bacon cheese, and eggs! Get the recipe here: Egg, Bacon, and Ham Quiche.
Simple Frittata and Fritters Recipes
A frittata is a great option too, all you need is about six eggs, an ounce of grated parmesan, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of butter, half a cup of bacon bit or sliced up ham, roasted asparagus and 1 tablespoon of chopped up parsley leaves. Alton Brown has a great recipe here.
Bake Your Extra Eggs
A really simple idea of the many things to make with eggs is to bake them, if you have a bunch of extra eggs, mix them all, add some salt, pepper, cream, and nutmeg (optional). The best thing about this easy recipe is that you can add several different cooked veggies, herbs, or greens like kale, spinach, or even throw in some spring onions. If you prefer something meaty, add some ham or freshly cooked bacon to the mix, butter your baking dish and bake at 350 until it’s firm.
An egg bake makes a great easy supper when you are too tired to put something fancy together. Just toss anything that you think would taste good together in a baking dish and go for it!
Make Pickled Eggs
I know this isn’t everyone’s “cup of tea” but making Pickled Eggs is a great way to use up a lot of extra eggs at once.
Pickled Eggs can be stored in the fridge for several months to help them last a long time. They make a great unique addition to a potato salad or an interesting snack!
Get my recipe for Pickled Eggs here.
Perfect the Tasty Egg Basics
Don’t be afraid to stick to the basics, you can never go wrong with a hard, boiled egg recipe, a simple fried egg or scrambled eggs. It seems like everyone is making poached eggs right now and they don’t really seem that hard to do. It’s easy and just a little fancier than the average fried egg…
If you’d like to try out poached eggs, here’s a really simple poached eggs recipe to follow.
Microwavable Egg Recipe
Don’t have an oven or stove you can make use of, or maybe you just don’t want to heat up the kitchen? You can most definitely microwave your eggs too! All you need is two or three eggs, salt and pepper, three tablespoons of milk (can be dairy-free), and 1/4 teaspoon of butter.
- Place the butter into your mug and put it in the microwave just long enough to melt the butter.
- Crack each egg into the mug and one tablespoon of milk for each egg.
- Use a fork to beat eggs and milk together and microwave on high for 1 minute and stir.
- Continue for another 20-45 seconds more until they look cooked.
- Top it off with pepper, salt, and cheese if you’d like.
I had to finish this list off with a great dessert and what better to use up all those extra eggs than to make a pound cake!
You can find my recipe for Old Fashioned Pound Cake here.
Angel Food Cake
One of our family’s all time favorite desserts is this Angel Food Cake that I make in a loaf pan. It’s really fairly simple to make this from-scratch cake and a great way to use up several eggs at once!
Find my Angel Food Cake in a Loaf Pan recipe here.
Still need more? Here are some other good recipes to make if you have way too many extra eggs:
- Old Fashioned Potato Salad
- Dehydrated Eggs
- Chocolate Buttermilk Bread
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Coffee Cake
I don’t have recipes on them but other great ways to make use of eggs would be egg noodles, custard, lemon curd, and ice cream!
You could also consider giving eggs to family members or donating extra eggs to a local food pantry if you just can’t find enough uses for them. They can always use them!
How long do eggs stay good?
Fresh eggs (meaning clean eggs from your own backyard chickens) will be good for up to 2 weeks on the counter unwashed and at least 3 months in the fridge. Not washing the eggs (and only spot cleaning the areas that need it) will help to protect the eggs and make them last longer.
Is water glassing eggs safe?
I personally haven’t tried/tested water glassing eggs because I just store our extras in a carton in a spare fridge. We’ve also very rarely run out in the winter even though our chickens slow down with their laying so I haven’t felt the need to do it. For more info on the process you might want to check out YouTube where there are lots of informational videos.
How do you check if eggs are still good?
Do the float test! Put all your eggs in a bowl of water. The ones that float at the top are bad and need to be tossed. Ones that stand upright can still be used but are getting old. The ones that sink to the bottom are the freshest. (But remember, by putting them in the water, you just washed them and shortened their lifespan.)
Other things you might need if you have extra eggs:
- Here’s a nice Egg Basket to gather your eggs in.
- Or go for this Egg Gathering Apron…so cute!
- I use the Steamer Basket to cook hard-boiled eggs in my Instant Pot.
- I also have one of these Egg Bites Pans to make easy breakfasts and lunches with eggs!
These are just a few ideas on the various things you can make with eggs, if you have other great ideas or recipes, feel free to share them with me!
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This blog post on What to Do with Extra Eggs was originally published on Little House Living in July 2020. It has been updated as of August 2022.