If you do any amount of baking, you inevitably end up with leftover egg yolks from time to time. Here are some Recipes Using Egg Yolks to help you use them up!
So you've made an Angel Food Cake. Or a pavlova. Or some egg white omelets. Now you've got leftover yolks that you'll stick in the fridge and never use. Unleeeeess someone tells you how you can store them and gives you a bunch of delicious dessert recipes using egg yolks, right? 😉
How to Store Leftover Egg Yolks
Egg yolks tend to dry out, so store them in the smallest container that you can to minimize the amount of air they're exposed to. Egg yolks will keep in the refrigerator for up to two days.
You can also freeze egg yolks! Egg yolks tend to thicken and get gelatinous when you freeze them. To prevent that from happening, whisk the yolks with a pinch of salt (⅛ teaspoon per 4 yolks) before freezing. Make sure to label your container with the number of yolks since you'll no longer be able to tell! The amount of salt is negligible, but you may want to add a little less salt to your bake if you go this route. The yolks will keep in the freezer for up to a year!
Desserts Using Egg Yolks
Recipes that use egg yolks are rich and velvety. I've gathered below a list of all my egg yolk dessert recipes, and there are lots of delicious custards, curds, and pastry creams here!
I've separated the recipes below by number of egg yolks used (2-8 yolks!), so you can find just the right recipe for the number of egg yolks you'd like to use up!
2 Egg Yolks
3 Egg Yolks
4 Egg Yolks
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5 Egg Yolks
6 Egg Yolks
7 Egg Yolks
8 Egg Yolks
I'll come back and update this post every so often so that you have as many egg-yolk-saving recipes here as possible! No worries about wasting egg yolks anymore. 🙂
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(Last updated 12/31/2022)