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What to Make/ Do with Extra Egg Yolks


Maybe you've made a fabulous treat that requires only egg whites. Or perhaps there's someone in your household who is on a high protein diet and is consuming loads of egg whites but leaving the yolks. Either way, you've got yolk on your hands and you don't just want to throw it out. You thought about asking someone that you know what you should do with extra egg yolks but you're afraid you'll look like you have egg on your face. So you've come to the Internet to find out what you can make with extra egg yolks. And you're about to find out that there's plenty!

Here are some things that you can do with those extra egg yolks:

  • Bread. If you're the kind of homey person who bakes your own bread ... or you want to give it a whirl anyway ... then you can find a bread recipe that calls for egg yolks. There are plenty of them out there so just get to the cookbook store and get cracking!
  • Drink it! Yes, believe it or not, there are drinks that can be made with the yolk of an egg. Think you'd need to be drunk to try one? Orange curacao is frequently used with egg yolks to make a sort of orange egg cream drink. Cognac is a favored liquor for egg yolk drinks.
  • Freeze them. You might not want to use your egg yolks right away because you're busy with that recipe (or lifestyle) that calls for the whites. That's okay. Freeze the yolks individually and use them later.
  • Get saucy. Egg yolks are the base for many great sauces. And sauces are what spice up everything from meats to pastas. Hollandaise sauce is a versatile one that's got an egg yolk base; add it to the tops of biscuits for a morning breakfast or across your vegetables to make dinner more enticing. Alfredo sauce is a favorite for pastas and chicken.
  • Indulge in a delectable dessert. There are a number of different desserts that are relatively easy to make and which call for egg yolks. Perhaps you don't always do the dessert thing because of those calories that you're counting, but consider those leftover yolks an excuse to break the diet plan every now and then. Your taste buds will thank you for it as you take bites of a rich chocolate mousse or a delicious crème brulee.
  • Omelets. These are best if you have a little bit of egg white to add in to, but if not, the yolks alone will do. Scramble them up with some vegetables and maybe a little bit of meat to make an omelet that is rich and buttery in taste.

If you just can't bring yourself to eat all of those egg yolks - perhaps because you're purposely eating just the whites to save on the calories - then you can always use the egg yolks to make beauty products that go on your body, not in your body. Adding the yolk to your hair conditioner is one of the most common ways to use it as a beauty product.


Amanda on May 30, 2012:

I found it useful that I can freeze egg yokes. Thanks!

niamh on August 06, 2011:

not that usefull :(

Gary on July 29, 2010:

Freezing boiled egg yolks and feeding them to wild birds or mix with livestock feed? Worth a try.

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Wild birds eat just about anything in wintertime.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on May 29, 2010:

Great hub idea, and can result in less waste. Also, it might inspire the trying of new recipes.

rosie on May 24, 2010:

very helpful, actually. I'll use the yolk with hairconditioner.

alyssa on February 19, 2010:

Good effort, but I agree with Tiffany. Not much help.

sara on May 27, 2009:

thanks for the great ideas!

tiffany on August 01, 2008:

umm links to websites that have recipes for some of the things you mentions would have been nice....

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