Hoomeet Baking Cups
I am new to the whole silicone baking / cooking tools arena. I’ve got friends that have been using silicon products for years and they love them for baking. Personally, if I am baking I am using either cast iron or stoneware. That’s just who I am. I like the final product, the “crispier” crust that I obtain from using the products that I have been using all of these years.
However, I have found a use for silicon products that makes stocking my freezer so much easier. Today I will talk about using the baking cups for freezing eggs. Whether you have chickens and have a surplus, or just want to stock up with stuff you have purchased elsewhere, freezing eggs is a great way to make sure you have eggs in the house. Given the recent shortages observed on grocery store shelves, I personally like knowing I have a dozen or two tucked away in my freezer.
Freezing eggs is easy in fact, super easy. It can be done in a couple of ways. First way is to crack each egg into a separate container, leaving the yolk whole. The other way is to mix the white and yolk portions so that it resembles a scrambled egg. I have frozen eggs both ways and personally the scrambling beforehand takes too much time and dirties up things I don’t feel like washing.
The reason some people prefer to scramble is they say the end product is better when they go to use it. They don’t like the way the yolk blends (or doesn’t for that matter) when they go to use it. Personally, I just mix it a bit more and I don’t really have an issue with it. True, a previously frozen egg is not as smooth as a fresh egg. Since I am using the frozen eggs for baking, or making things like a frittata or egg casserole, I am not too concerned with that particular issue. They mix up just fine as far as my needs go. Others may be more particular depending upon how they are using their previously frozen eggs.
I purchased the Hoomeet Silicone Baking Cups specifically for the purpose of freezing eggs. I have used things like small plastic storage containers with lids and while they worked fine for the initial freeze portion of the process, I had 24 containers and 24 lids to wash when I was done. Too tedious for me. I needed to find another way to get eggs info the freezer with the least amount of effort at the beginning, middle, and end of the process.
The silicone cups came in a 24 pack, perfect for doing two dozen eggs at one time. They washed up easily and dried quickly. They are food grade silicone (apparently that is important) so they should not retain any flavors. I have read that using silicone products that do not specifically say that they are food grade means they have other materials contained within the product. The less chemicals I have touching my food, the better I feel. Side note, I purchased a silicone mini-muffin baking sheet for the purpose of freezing my garden pesto in small patties. Unfortunately I did not know there was a difference and the mini-muffin sheet does not specifically say “food grade” and it has retained the flavors of the pesto. Even after several washings I cannot get the odor out of the sheet. So, that product will only be used for pesto or garlic patties in the future.
Back to the baking cups.
Each cup perfectly held one large egg. The problem (not really a problem) is the cups are very flexible – this will be a good thing in a bit, but was not so good when I was getting things set up for the freezer. I had to get one of my 12-muffin baking pans and place each cup into it to give the cup some support. The cup held the egg just fine without the pan, but when I went to move them to the lidded container I had initially planned on using for the process of freezing the eggs, I found that the cups were just a bit too flexible to move without spilling the egg. So I placed each egg containing cup in a standard muffin baking pan, covered with plastic wrap and put into the freezer for an hour to set up. Once the eggs had “set”, I then moved them to the plastic container I had originally planned to use. Unfortunately this was an extra step that I had not expected.
I put the eggs back into the freezer to continue freezing and removed them the next morning. The frozen eggs popped right out of the baking cups with no effort at all. I wasn’t sure if that would be the case, but I can say I was pleasantly surprised how easy they came out. I didn’t need to wait or run them under water in order to get the cups to release the egg.
Since I know what I expect to do with the frozen eggs, I placed four eggs in a ziplock freezer bag. I have two baking recipes that I make that require four eggs and four eggs is perfect if my husband and I want scrambled eggs for a meal. Doing it this way makes my life easier and who isn’t about making things easier? Back into the freezer went the frozen eggs. I feel secure knowing that in a pinch, I always have eggs in the freezer and I don’t have to worry about what may or may not be on the grocery store shelves. I do rotate through my frozen eggs as needed. To use, remove eggs from bag and thaw in a mixing bowl.
All in all I am very pleased with the Hoomeet Silicone Baking cups. I purchased these on Amazon and they came in a 24 pack. There are some with just 12 cups. The above link will take you to the product that I purchased. I am not affiliated with Amazon in any way and do not receive any commissions if you happen to click on the link. It is there to make your life easier should you decide you wish to purchase them.
I cannot comment as to how the cups would be for baking as I did not purchase them with the intent to use them for baking. On the bottom of each cup it states that is is rated for temperatures no more than 230 degrees, which is a little low for making things like muffins or cupcakes. I know people use them but I guess it is on them to determine whether or not they are comfortable using the product at temperatures higher than for which they are rated.
The baking cups performed perfectly for my intended purpose and I can recommend them as a functional tool for freezing individual eggs in an easy fashion. I give them 5 Stars.
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