McDonald’s restaurants draw loyal customers in each morning with cravings for its Egg McMuffin sandwich, made with an English muffin, Canadian bacon, American cheese and a hard-cooked whole egg. These basic sandwiches are easy enough to make at home so you can enjoy them without swinging through the drive-thru in the morning. With complete control over the quality of ingredients, you can save on excess sodium and cut calories.
Cooking and Freezing Eggs
Although the National Center for Home Food Preservation cautions that cooked egg whites become tough and rubbery after freezing, the availability of frozen egg sandwiches proves it is possible to freeze cooked eggs. The finished egg won’t be identical to a fresh cooked egg, but the results are close. McDonald’s Egg McMuffin eggs are cooked in a perfect circle to best fit on the English muffin. Cook the eggs in an egg ring kitchen gadget or use a makeshift ring made by cutting the top and bottom from a tuna can. Overcooked eggs will have a rubbery texture after freezing, so remove the egg as soon as the yolks and whites set.
Assembling the Sandwiches
An Egg McMuffin starts with a split English muffin. Toast the muffins until light golden brown and brush with melted butter for flavor. Place the bottom muffin on the work surface and cover it with a piece of American cheese. Place the cooked egg circle on top of the cheese. A piece of Canadian bacon tops the round egg. Place the Canadian bacon directly from the package or fry for a minute or two on each side. Finish the sandwich by topping the with other half of the English muffin. If you plan to use condiments, including mayonnaise and mustard, leave them off until you’ve heated the sandwich.
Packaging and Freezing
Consider how you will eat the muffin sandwiches before packaging and freezing them. If you plan to reheat and serve four sandwiches every morning, package four sandwiches together. If it works better to grab individual sandwiches as hunger strikes, then individual packaging is best. Place sandwiches in individual zip-top freezer bags. Set the packaged sandwiches upright in the freezer for about two hours or until completely frozen. Group the individual packages in a larger freezer bag for easy storage. Frozen sandwiches are best eaten within one to three months after freezing.
Thawing and Reheating
Egg muffin sandwiches can be thawed before reheating or reheated directly from frozen. Remove a sandwich from its bag and wrap it in a paper towel. Microwave on medium power for about three minutes or until heated to the center. If you prefer to thaw the sandwiches before cooking, which retains more of the moisture, put the sandwiches in the refrigerator the night before. Leave them in their packaging until the next morning. Never thaw a sandwich containing egg and meat at room temperature because this can lead to rapid bacterial growth and food spoilage. Cook thawed sandwiches in the microwave for 60 seconds on the “high” setting.
References and ResourcesUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln: Freezing Sandwiches
National Center for Home Food Preservation: Freezing Prepared Foods
TheKitchn: Make Perfectly Round Breakfast Biscuit Eggs Using Canning Lids
Philly Mag: Healthy Recipe: Make-Ahead-and-Freeze Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches