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Can You Freeze Scotch Eggs?

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Scotch eggs have become a popular snack in recent years thanks to their portability and delicious flavor and texture.

Originally created in England in the late 19th century as an on-the-go meal, they are still a great choice for those looking for some new snack inspiration.

You might be wondering what the heck a Scotch egg is. Well, they are made from a boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat. Then, they’re breaded and deep-fried or baked depending on your preference.

The best part of them is the different textures from the crispy outside to the soft egg in the center.

These little bundles are packed with protein, so they make a perfect foundation of a hearty meal when paired with a salad and a nice dipping sauce.

They also travel well, which makes them a perfect snack for busy days or as an addition to your summer picnic basket. 

So, can you freeze a Scotch egg? Unfortunately, the answer is no. When you freeze a Scotch egg, the texture doesn’t always survive the freezing process which can make them unappetizing once thawed. Fortunately, they can last a few days in the fridge.

Read on for the best ways to store your Scotch egg for the tastiest results. 

What Happens When You Freeze A Scotch Egg?

While it may be tempting to try freezing your Scotch egg to preserve it for later, this plan can often backfire.

When you freeze your Scotch egg, the water in the meat and egg form little ice crystals. When you thaw it, the crystals melt and can leave your Scotch egg soggy. 

Often when you thaw a Scotch egg, the meat layer will separate from the egg and the whole thing will fall apart.

Eggs also get a slightly weird texture when frozen and thaw. Finally, the delicious, crispy outer coating will end up kind of mushy and crumbly.

With all this in mind, it isn’t a great idea to freeze your Scotch egg, unless you plan on eating it as a mash when thawed. 

How Long Can You Keep Scotch Eggs In The Fridge?

Scotch eggs can be filling, so chances are if you make or buy a batch, you will have some leftovers.

Your best bet when it comes to storing leftover Scotch eggs is to keep them in the fridge. They will last about 4 to 7 days in the fridge, depending on if you properly store them. 

You can also prep your scotch eggs and store them without cooking. If you choose this option, they will last about 3 days in the fridge uncooked.

This choice might be preferable if you want that really great, fresh, crunchy texture on the outside and a softer yolk. 

How Do You Store Scotch Eggs So They Last Longer?

While it may be tempting to store your Scotch eggs all together in one container, there is an extra step you can take to keep them from going too soggy in the fridge.

Follow the steps below to properly store your Scotch egg for the best texture. 

  • 1. Let your Scotch eggs cool completely. I like to place them on a cooling rack so that air can circulate around them.
  • 2. Once they are fully cooled, individually wrap each egg in some plastic wrap. Make sure they are tightly wrapped and sealed
  • 3. After you wrap your eggs, you can place them in an airtight container or a large fridge/freezer bag. If you are using a bag, make sure there is no air in it before you seal it. 
  • 4. Write the date and contents on a small piece of masking tape so that you remember when you made them.
  • 5. Store in the fridge for 4 to 7 days

Can You Microwave A Scotch Egg?

Now that you’re ready to eat your scotch egg, you must be wondering if you can pop it into the microwave to reheat it.

Unfortunately, you shouldn’t microwave a whole scotch egg because it will likely explode, making a mess and ruining your meal or snack. 

What Is The Best Way To Reheat A Scotch Egg?

A couple of options for reheating a scotch egg include cutting it into quarters and then microwaving it, though this may dry out the inside.

You can also reheat a scotch egg in the oven at 350°F for about 5 to 10 minutes if you’d like to have a nice crispy outside. 

Another option if you want the scotch egg to stay crispy is to either refry it in oil or an air fryer for a couple of minutes. 

If you don’t want to reheat your scotch egg, don’t worry. They still taste pretty great chilled or at room temperature.

Don’t be afraid to pop them in your picnic basket this summer for an interesting addition to your regular sandwiches and snacks. 

What Goes With Scotch Eggs For Dinner? 

Scotch eggs are incredibly versatile and the options for dinner pairings can range from an indulgent side to something light and fresh. A few of my favorite pairings include:

  • Fries or chips (depending on where you’re from). This side is a classic pub pairing and there’s something incredibly comforting about a Scotch egg and a side of crispy potatoes
  • A fresh green salad. This option can be a great contrast to the richness of the Scotch egg. You can get as creative or as simple as you’d like. A nice balsamic or apple cider vinaigrette is a great balance for the egg. 
  • Mashed potatoes. If crispy potatoes aren’t your thing, then you can try serving your Scotch egg with mashed potatoes instead. Having a bite that combines the creaminess of the mash with the crunchy egg can be a match made in heaven. 
  • Baked beans. Another classic pairing from the UK. Many Scotch egg lovers swear by the combination of a tomato baked bean poured over their egg. 
  • Pickles. Just as the vinaigrette from the salad can help cut through the rich flavor of a Scotch egg, the briney sourness from your favorite pickle can do the same. Pickles also have a great crunch that complements the different textures in your Scotch egg.

What Sauces And Dips Go Well With Scotch Eggs?

As with most foods, they can be great vehicles for delicious sauces. These sauces can complement the flavor of the Scotch egg and create something completely new and exciting.

While the most classic sauce pairing with a Scotch egg is a mustard sauce, there are plenty to choose from. 

  • Mustard Sauce. This sauce is the classic accompaniment to a Scotch egg. It’s typically made from a yellow or Djion mustard, plus some sugar, mayo or cream, and sometimes some lemon juice. 
  • Chipotle Mayo. If you like a little extra spice and smokey flavor in your meals, then you should try pairing your Scotch egg with a chipotle mayo.
  • Garlic Mayo. While not necessarily a classic pairing, garlic mayo is delicious on almost every food it touches, so this option is perfect for the garlic lovers out there. 
  • Sweet Chili Sauce. This dipping sauce is a staple in restaurants around the country. Though often served with satays and wontons, the sweet and spicy flavor goes really well with the salty crunchiness of a Scotch egg. 
  • Steak Sauce. If you’re looking for something a little richer, either A1 Steak Sauce or HP Sauce can be a great pairing. 
  • Chutneys. The world of chutneys is vast and there are so many great options such as a mango chutney or tomato chutney that would go perfectly with a Scotch egg. They are often sweet and sour, which can balance out the rich saltiness of the egg. 
  • Tartar Sauce. Though you will traditionally see tartar sauce paired with fish and chips, it also tastes great with a Scotch egg. It’s generally made of mayo combined with relish, lemon, and herbs, which makes it a creamy, tangy, and fresh option. 

What Kind Of Sausage Meat Should I Use To Make A Scotch Egg?

If you are making your own from scratch, you can also change up the types of sausage meat that you use to get different flavor profiles. Some of my favorites include:

  • Maple breakfast sausage. This meat will give your final egg a little hint of sweetness. 
  • Lao sausage. This is a great option for people with an adventurous streak. It is made with lemongrass, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, onions, fish sauce, and chili, which gives it a really fresh, herbaceous flavor.
  • Chorizo Sausage. This option will give your egg a nice bit of heat.
  • Italian Sausage. Hot or mild, this classic sausage tastes great in a Scotch egg. 
  • Honey Garlic. Another sweeter option with hints of garlic to jazz up your egg. 

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