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What to do with egg yolks

Just made a pavlova recipe and wondering what to do with unused egg yolks? See our handy guide on what to make with unused egg yolks including making custard from scratch, curd recipes and more. Plus answers to questions such as how long can you keep egg yolks in the fridge?  

What to do with egg yolks:

If you've just whipped up a perfect pavlova for Australia Day or a meringue topping for a cake, chances are you've got at least three or four egg yolks leftover. You're keen to do something with them but how long can you keep egg yolks in the fridge? Read on to find out what to do with egg yolks including delicious egg yolk recipes like custards and tangy fruity curds.

How long can you keep egg yolks? 

So you've got a handful of lovely plump orange egg yolks on hand but no time to cook with them. Easy, simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Some eggsperts say that they store better if you give them a quick whisk before putting on the lid, while others say cover yolks with cold water to stop them drying out.

You will need to remove from the fridge about 30 minutes before using in a recipes so they are not too cold.

What to make with egg yolks

  • Yolks are perfect to make a custard. A custard recipe generally calls for about 4 egg yolks. Check out our Basic Custard recipe video below.
     
  • Make a quick zabaglione – an Italian classic. You simply whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. 
     
  • Use egg yolks to make lemon, lime or passionfruit curd that you can use on desserts or for a cheeky treat on toast. 
     
  • Make a protein rich fresh pasta by adding egg yolks to the flour and water. 

GET THE RECIPE: Basic Custard Recipe

This easy basic custard recipe uses six egg yolks. So it's perfect for using up leftover egg yolks. This video shows you just how easy it is to make custard from scratch.

GET THE RECIPE:  Ramen Carbonara

And then there's always this cheeky, super super Ramen Carbonara recipe... just for something quick and different. 

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