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10 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Egg Yolks

Got yolks left over from an egg-white omelet? Here are some delicious ways to avoid wasting them.

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What to do with leftover egg yolks?

Lots of ideas! If you don’t plan to use your leftover egg yolks right away, note that they don’t freeze too well and can dry out after a day in the fridge alone, says blogger Nicole Weston on the popular site Baking Bites. Mix the yolk with a bit of water first (you can keep the yolks whole in the water if you carefully remove them whole when ready to use), and then put them into a covered container in the fridge. This way, they’ll keep for two to three days. Are your egg yolks slightly different colors? Here’s why!

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Hollandaise sauce

Use your leftover egg yolks to make a delicious, creamy hollandaise sauce. Drizzle it over a toasted English muffin, slice of bacon, and a poached egg for the ultimate breakfast.

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Ground Beef Wellington

This quick and simple recipe only requires one large egg yolk. This is a great recipe to try when it’s just you and a friend for lunch or dinner.

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Classic crème brûlée

Mmmm, you can’t go wrong with crème brûlée. This delicious dessert recipe only requires five ingredients and will have you looking like a professional baker at any party. It doesn’t matter what kind of eggs you use, but here’s why brown eggs are more expensive than white ones.

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Homemade mayo

Instead of buying Hellmann’s, mix things up and make your own homemade mayo if you want to use up some leftover egg yolks. All you will need to make this recipe is salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, water, and two large egg yolks. Chances are, you probably already have all of that in your pantry, so get cooking!

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Muenster bread

The recipe for this muenster bread has won awards. If you’re a beginner bread maker, you probably won’t want to start out with this recipe, but the end result is definitely worth the effort.

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Macaroon cake

This delicious cake has high reviews all around, even from seasoned bakers. For this recipe, you’ll need six egg whites and four egg yolks, so just make sure to stock up before you start mixing. Everyone should know these essential recipes before they turn 35.

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Peach cobbler

If you can get your hands on some fresh peaches, you’ll definitely want to make this cobbler. The crust only requires two large egg yolks as well as a few other ingredients. This makes the perfect summer treat! Did you know you can freeze every kind of egg?

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Egg noodles

Have some leftover egg yolks and need to make something for dinner? This never-fail egg noodle recipe has been tried and tested by many cooks and will be appreciated by all hungry dinner-goers. There’s another egg-related snack we love: hard-boiled eggs. Here’s how to peel them easily.

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Fresh broccoli/Mandarin salad

These ingredients might seem a little odd when paired together in a salad, but the end result is delicious. You can make this salad for special dinners and holidays or just for lunch. For more eggy meals, check out the best way to make scrambled eggs.

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Chocolate mousse

This velvety mousse recipe is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. The only ingredients you will need are chocolate chips, water, a large egg yolk, vanilla extract, heavy whipping cream, and sugar. You can also add whipped cream and fruit on top if you would like. Now that you know what to do with your egg yolks, find out some more genius ways to use up leftover food.

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