Today, when we have all the luxuries of modern living many of us opt to throw away food that they couldn’t eat.
This is a habit that negatively affects the nature and even ourselves, since we forget about the importance of food.
What many forget is that freezing your food on low temperatures can really be a great option to save some food for later and eat it when you feel like. A lot of foods don’t change their taste or consistency when you freeze it, but some foods are definitely not meant for freezing at all. We are going to talk about an interesting dish today, in forms of freezing and eating it later. Scrambled eggs are a lot of people’s favorite dish because they are easy to make and they have a lot of nutritional benefits for our body.
So let’s see can we freeze scrambled eggs and how this will affect their taste, shape and form.
Eggs – Nutritional benefits
Eggs are affordable foods consumed by people all over the world. Although there are different types of eggs, chickens are the ones most frequently consumed. Eggs contain numerous vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy and balanced diet. Vitamin A improves the health and appearance of the skin, the immune system and the vision. Vitamin B2 improves energy utilization, increases red blood cell levels, and improves vision and the functioning of the nervous system.
Vitamin B5 improves energy utilization and cognitive function. Vitamin D maintains bone and teeth health and improves calcium absorption. Vitamin E improves the health of the reproductive system, nervous system and muscle. Biotin improves energy utilization, maintains hair and skin health, and improves the workings of the immune system.
Colin improves the degradation of fat and liver function. Folic acid improves the formation of blood cells and developing baby tissue. Iodine improves thyroid function, maintains skin health and functions of the nervous system. Iron participates in the production of red blood cells and oxygen transfer in the body. Lutein and zeaxanthin improves eye health and reduces the risk of eye disease. Phosphor maintains bone and teeth health and improves energy utilization.
Proteins are needed to build and work on muscle, organs, tissue regeneration, and production of antibodies, enzymes and hormones. Selenium reduces the level of free radicals, enhances the function of the thyroid and the immune system.
Eggs are considered to be one of the best protein sources. One average sized egg contains about 5.53g of protein in average. Approximately 12.6% of eggs are the proteins themselves. One medium sized egg contains about 63 calories. About 9% of oats is the fat we find in egg yolks. Most fats found in eggs are considered healthy: about 38% unsaturated fatty acids, 16% polyunsaturated fatty acids and 28% saturated fatty acids.
Eggs also contain cholesterol. One medium sized egg contains about 164 mg of cholesterol. As for the effects of egg cholesterol on health, opinions are different. Some believe it harms health, while some believe it does not harm and actually promotes health.
Benefits of eggs
Muscle building – Eggs are an excellent source of protein that maintains work and muscle health and slow down the rate at which muscle mass is lost.
Better brain function – Eggs contain vitamins and minerals that are needed for the proper functioning of the brain and nerve cells.
Balanced energy level – Eggs contain vitamins and minerals needed by the body to provide stable and balanced energy sources to the cells.
Strong immunity – Eggs contain vitamin A, B12 and selenium, which have been shown to enhance the functioning of the immune system.
Better heart health – Eggs plays an important role in the prevention of heart disease because it may reduce the level of homocysteine, the amino acid associated with the onset of heart disease.
Healthy growth and development of the child – The nutritional composition of the egg contributes to a healthy and balanced diet of pregnant women and can help prevent birth defects.
Better eye health – Lutein and zeaxanthin help to prevent macular degeneration, eye disease that is the leading cause of blindness.
Maintaining a healthy body weight – High-quality proteins in eggs help maintain healthy weight because they enhance the feeling of satiety.
Better look – Vitamins and minerals found in eggs improve the health and appearance of the skin. They also help prevent premature aging. A strong immune system also contributes to a healthy and beautiful appearance, and eggs can strengthen the immune system.
Freezing scrambled eggs
Before you decide to put the scrambled eggs in the freezer, make sure you remember on dangerous thing and that is freezer burn. Freezer burns occur when food hasn’t’ been packaged the right way and the frost basically attacks the food leaving food burns.
These burns will make your food look discolored and the overall texture of the food will be completely different.
So here are some tips to avoid freezer burns and freeze the scrambled eggs the right way:
- Make the scrambled eggs a little bit runny
If your plan is to freeze scrambled eggs, then make them a little bit runny because if you overcook them, it will be hard to thaw them afterwards. We will explain more why this step is important in one of the next steps. Making the eggs a bit runny is going to make them have a much better structure because if you cook them too much it are going to be rubbery and not that delicious after thawing.
- Allow the scrambled eggs to cool down
Before you toss them into the freezer make sure that the eggs are cooled down and then you can think about the next step. You can leave them on the kitchen table to cool down on room temperature. If you freeze something that is hot, this can cause your food to spoil and your freezer will have to put much more work into freezing something that is already warm.
- Make smaller portions
When freezing scrambled eggs you need to make smaller portions so that you can use as much as you need afterwards. If you freeze a larger amount of scrambled eggs together you will have a problem with thawing them later, and you certainly don’t want that.
- Package the scrambled eggs in a plastic wrap
After the eggs have cooled down and you sectioned them in smaller groups, you can now wrap them in plastic wraps and safely close the wrap. Make sure you get all the excess air out of the bag so that your scrambled eggs don’t get freezer burns.
- Put a label if you need to
If you are planning on eating the scrambled eggs soon, then there is no need to label the package. But, if you are planning to leave them for a while or you have a hard time remembering when you put something in the freezer, then label the packages and write the date of freezing on it. This way you will be sure that the food hasn’t been in the freezer for too long and that you can safely eat it.
How long can the scrambled eggs be in the freezer?
Scrambled eggs can last a lot in the freezer. This is the type of food you can safely freeze without worrying that they will go spoiled. Of course, you need to follow all the above instructions if you want to keep your scrambled eggs frozen for a longer period of time.
Scrambled eggs can actually stay in the freezer for one whole year if they are frozen properly and packaged the right way. But, if you can make sure you eat them before one year because it is safer and there is really no point in freezing something if it is going to stay in your freezer for a year.
Another important thing related to this subject is thawing the eggs afterwards. When you wish to eat the scrambled eggs you have frozen, you need to choose the right method to thaw them. After taking them out of the freezer, thaw them in the fridge and take them out in the morning. In the morning, put the thawed scrambled eggs in the microwave and cook them once again.
You can also prepare them on the pan, whichever way is easier for you. Avoid putting them straight into the microwave without thawing because this can affect their structure and taste.
In conclusion, scrambled eggs are a good candidate for freezing food just makes sure you wrap them properly. Freezing food is always a great idea when you want to save the food for later on and use it once you feel like it. This is why you can almost freeze every dish or food and enjoy in it afterwards. Avoid throwing away food, because many people don’t have enough food to feed their families and awake the awareness of preserving the natural balance in life by doing something good for you and for the nature.
So next time you prepare too much scrambled eggs, just package them properly and leave them in the freezer until you wish to eat them again.