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5 Recipes That Use Up Leftover Egg Yolks

Leftover Egg yolk

There are many recipes out there that call for separating your eggs and when they do, there is a good chance that you are going to have leftover egg yolks or leftover egg whites as a Fortunately, both leftover egg whites and leftover egg yolks can be stored until  you need them. But that still leaves you with the question of how to you use up leftover yolks when you have a few of them on hand? Egg whites are easier to use up, because they can make a great addition to a scramble or an omelet, and most people don’t want to add several extra yolks to an omelet without the whites. Fortunately, here are 5 great recipes that put extra egg yolks to good use.

  • One or two extra egg yolks are often included in Yellow Cake Recipes, to give the cake batter that buttery yellow tint. To make a basic yellow cake more yellow, you can even substitute one whole egg for two egg yolks to enhance the yellow color of the cake
  • If you have two yolks to use up, a simple Vanilla Pudding is a nice recipe to make. Yolks add a lot of richness to the pudding, giving it a silky texture. They can make a nice addition to other puddings, including chocolate and Butterscotch Pudding, as well.
  • Classic Creme Brulee is the ultimate custard dessert – and a wonderful way to use up three egg yolks (some recipes may call for more or less). As in the pudding, the yolks give the creme brulee a very delicate texture and make the custard seem to melt on your tongue. The finished dish will be rich, but will feel oh-so-light.
  • If you find yourself with four egg yolks, consider picking up a few limes and a graham cracker crust at the store to make a Key Lime Pie. This zesty, creamy pie is easy to make and very refreshing on a hot day.
  • When you have more than five extra egg yolks, consider making a batch of Tocino de Cielo. This delicate flan-like custard is made with lots of yolks and no dairy. The flavor and texture are incredible – and you might find yourself saving yolks just to make up a batch.

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4 Comments
  • rainey
    May 17, 2012

    Soufflés benefit from an extra yolk or two. Could be a lovely cheese soufflé for dinner or a sinful chocolate soufflé for dessert.

  • Donna
    May 18, 2012

    How long can you keep egg whites in the fridge? yolks?

  • CJ at Food Stories
    May 24, 2012

    This was a great post 🙂

  • Huggle
    November 13, 2012

    egg yolks can be kept deep frozen. I freeze them in bunches of 2 or 3 in tiny plastic containers and use them for pies, cookies etc.

    Spaghetti alla carbonara are also a good way to use up yolks:
    boil the pasta, cut smoked bacon into small bits and fry them. Add the pasta. Stir a few yolks into sour cream, season with nutmeg, salt and pepper, pour the mix over the pasta, stir well and serve almost immediately (the yolks must remain creamy and not get fried and crumbly, yet the sauce should be hot).
    Serve with lettuce or tomato salad.

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