A candied walnuts recipe I made last weekend called for one egg white. As I was separating the white from the yolk, I realized that I’ve been quite wasteful over the years when I’ve only had to use half of an egg. It doesn’t happen very often, but I confess, I’ve always let the white or the yolk slide right on down the garbage disposal.


I decided that I needed to research how to use egg yolks immediately or save them. Here’s what I found.


Freezing egg yolks

Egg yolks can be frozen for up to one year . They should be frozen within a few hours of being separated from the rest of the egg. Follow this easy method for one or more egg yolks. This method allows you to freeze yolks individually so you can pull as many as you need out of the freezer. Egg yolks can be frozen for up to one year, according to Incredible Edible Egg.


  1. Put an egg yolk in a small rameken or bowl.
  2. Add a small pinch of salt
  3. Break the egg yolk up slightly by piecing it with a fork and stir it gently. Don’t beat it (you don’t want to add air.)
  4. Pour the egg yolk into an ice cube tray and freeze. When the yolk (or yolks) is frozen solid, remove to an airtight freezer container and label.
  5. To defrost, remove as many individually yolks and needed and defrost in the refrigerator. Use within hours of defrosting.

To be extra safe, it’s probably a good idea to use egg yolks that have been frozen and defrosted in recipes that will be cooked thoroughly. If you’re using the yolks shortly after being separated from the egg, you can use them in recipes that don’t need to be cooked.


Recipes using egg yolks

There are many recipes that use egg yolks. These are a few that appealed to me. You’ll be able to find hundreds of others by doing a search on allrecipes.com and putting “egg yolk” in the ingredients search.



Non-edible uses for an egg yolk

If you’re concerned about eating raw egg yolks or you’re cutting back on yolks and using a lot of whites, here are some uses for the yolks that you might not have thought of.



Your turn. What tips, recipes or ideas do you have for using egg yolks?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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