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egg whites - what to do with the yolk


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I love eggs. I love the white, the yolk, together or separately.

I usualy just eat whole eggs, but there are times when I just feel like egg whites, and alot of healthy recipes also call for them. But I hate the idea of wasting yolk when making an egg-white omelet with 5 eggs! Does anyone keep or store the yolk, or is it possible?

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Traditional uses for egg yolks would be home-made mayonnaise or to use as a binding/enriching agent in savoury dishes.   If you were to make bean-burgers for example with mashed kidney beans (or even beefburgers with ground beef) you could use the egg yolks to help keep the mixture together better on cooking.  Add a yolk to grated cheese and some worcester sauce and you've got a great topping for toast... 'Welsh Rarebit'.     If I've used egg-whites to make - say - a meringue, I'll add a few more yolks to my scrambled eggs another day.

 

so i could put the yolks in tupperware and keep it in the fridge? and what's the longest it should stay like that?

Refrigerated most things are OK for two days or so.  Yolks tend to 'deflate' when they lose their freshness.

This is from an old post I wrote last summer:

Egg yolks are great for making egg-washes for your pastries... or you could always use them to make...

- creme brulee, creme caramel

- lemon/orange/grapefruit curd

- french toast (mix the yolk with some milk + cinnamon + sugar

- sponge cakes (some recipes use yolks only)

- hollandaise sauce

- butterscotch/ chocolate/ vanilla/ rice pudding

- homemade ice cream

- homemade mayo

- zabaglione

Or use the yolks for non-food purposes: make egg-yolk based paint, an egg yolk FACE MASK (since the stuff is packed full of vitamin A), egg yolk shampoo

i rarely separate an egg.  the only time i do is to make an omelet: one egg, one white.  i don't do that because of calories or fat; i do it because i can't finish a two-egg omelet.

when i do, i give the yolk to the dog :)

Yep i was going to say what pgeorgian did, the yolks are great for dog's skin and fure. Just don't give em too many! THen you'll have yolk all over your carpet...Yuck :-)

I am the outlier - I usually toss the yolk. I have tried saving it, but i am a poor planner, and don't spend alot of time being creative in the kitchen, so it usually turns all gross by the time a find it in the refrigerator again.......

So - I buy egg beaters, or the local grocery store equivalent of egg beaters, which is usually cheaper than the brand name. It's much more convenient. I buy eggs, too, and throw in a real one now and then. Works well for us.

egg yolk face mask! really fabulous!

Original Post by oh_angela:

egg yolk face mask! really fabulous!

i assume you don't just put egg yolk straight on your face? anything to mix with?

My dogs love when I make egg white omlettes. They actually sit and wait for me to make my eggs and then theirs....

I'd definately say buy egg whites in a carton. The ones I get are called "Simply Whites" which is 100% pure egg whites without additives or seasonings. Two tbsp of liquid egg whites would be the equivilant of 1 egg's egg whites.

I buy eggs and then I also buy egg whites so when I am in the mood for just the whites, I have the option without wasting an amazingly delicious yolk... NOT THAT I EVER WOULD! Yolks are sacred! ha ha! Especially the ones I eat though because they have 600 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids PER YOLK, how awesome is that! :)

Back in the day though when I did need to only use whites... I would give the yolk to my dog, he needs the nutrients just as much as me!

Original Post by antibinge:

so i could put the yolks in tupperware and keep it in the fridge? and what's the longest it should stay like that?

I was taught to put it in a very small container, covered with a teaspoon of water so it doesn't dry out. And use within a day or two.

Don't forget that egg yolks areloaded with cholesterol - a days worth per yolk!

So if you can use egg whites thats better, the ones in the littel boxes are super convenient, if you find them lesss flavorful then egg beaters are low in fat
& cholesterol free and do come in various flavors, back when I ate meat this was a great way to cut down on fat & cholesterol.

Freeze the yolks individually in an ice cube tray. After they are frozen, put them in a zip-lock freezer bag until you are ready to use them. If you put a teaspoon of water on top before freezing, it keeps it from dehydrating, but be sure to remember it is there when you use them in recipes.

My son uses the yolks for cookies and muffins. He is not on a diet (needs to gain weight) and is just 16 with no health problems, so the extra cholestrol and calories don't matter for him.

My dogs love them too =-)

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Original Post by oh_angela:

egg yolk face mask! really fabulous!

i assume you don't just put egg yolk straight on your face? anything to mix with?

My mom had me do that when I was younger because I had acne.  I always put it straight on my face.  Not the most pleasant thing to think of, but it helped!  Just let it dry up and rinse off with warm water :)

Original Post by awarnica:

Don't forget that egg yolks areloaded with cholesterol - a days worth per yolk!

Dietary cholesterol does not substantially elevate blood cholesterol.  Eating an egg yolk or two per day is fine for the vast majority.

Thanks for letting us know that you can actually freeze egg yolks. Im going to put them in little microwaveable tupperware tubs and freeze em.

 

I would definitely recommend buying the egg whites that they offer in the store. It's easier than buying eggs and having to separate them...plus they really do taste great. I add pepper and just a little bit of cheese and it's wonderful!

Something non-eattible for the use of egg yolk is using it for a facial cleanser.

One egg yolk usually does the trick but I guess you could use more but all you do it whisk it and then spread it on your face. Leave it on for 10 mins and it makes your face very smooth and the properties in the yolk kills the bacteria on your face.

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