HomeCooking What to do with leftover egg whites? (8 Ways)

What to do with leftover egg whites? (8 Ways)

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Did you know that just one egg requires around 53 gallons of water to be produced? That’s only the water footprint. There’s also the land for farming the chickens, the chicken feed farmland, and transportation costs for eggs.

Taking everything into account, just wasting one egg – or part of an egg – appears to be considerably more harmful.

What should we do if a family favorite calls for only part of the egg? The yolk of the egg is used in hollandaise sauce, yellow cake, lemon bars, and other delectable dishes.

What should we do with the leftover egg whites?

First, freeze.

There are plenty of fantastic techniques to utilize up egg whites, but the first thing to remember is that they keep very well. If you’re going to make a fluffy, moist yellow cake that day, you probably aren’t also going to prepare a delicious pavlova. When frozen egg whites are defrosted, though, they whip up just as well as fresh whites.

So put your leftover egg whites in a small freezer bag with the air pushed out, and toss it in the freezer. You can also simply cover a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment, drizzle some egg white over it to make a large “snowflake,” and place that on top of another baking sheet.

How to freeze egg whites

Take out the egg whites from the fridge and leave them at room temperature for about 15 minutes, or until they begin to thaw. Then package them in an airtight container with a count of how many egg whites there are on it. Place it in the freezer!

If you’re not freezing them individually, figure out what you’ll do with the egg whites first. You can’t separate individual white once they’ve been combined, so be sure to freeze enough of them. If you don’t have a purpose for them yet, consider freezing them separately in covered ice cube trays. It’s an excellent method to save it for later use.

Meringue-topped cupcakes

The lemon meringue cupcakes in this recipe have six yolks for the lemon curd and six whites for the meringue, which is ideal if all you’re planning on creating is this.

However, if you’re using up any leftover whites, consider swapping the handmade lemon curd for store-bought or making a distinctive topping for almost every cupcake with the meringue technique! First, cook your cupcakes; then proceed to step 12 of the above recipe for the meringue method.


The Pavlova is a delectable, versatile, and forgiving dessert that many people believe isn’t as difficult to produce as it appears. This pavlova recipe requires 4 egg whites (which may be replaced with whatever you like or have on hand), and the fruit can be swapped out for anything you want or have on hand.

Making sure you whip the egg whites to stiff peaks before adding the sugar is crucial to a successful pavlova. To make whipped cream, use an electric mixer. The whipped egg white peaks on the beaters should stand straight up and not flop over at all when you turn the mixer (in the “off” position) upside down.

Pink lady cocktails

If you bring this vintage cocktail out for holiday parties, important birthdays, bridal showers, or anniversaries, people will be talking about it. Because a single pink lady requires only one egg white, you may run the danger of using an excessive amount of whites if this is a success. As a result, you could have to look up a lot of different recipes to figure out what you’ll do with all the whites.

DIY face masks

Eggs aren’t only for food! When our skin is locked inside with electric heating all winter, egg white face masks can be incredibly hydrating. Just Google “egg white face mask recipes” to discover a variety of options. If you want to learn more about the advantages (and fraudulent claims) of egg white facemasks and how to utilize it.

Whipped cream

Whipping egg whites isn’t perfect for making whipped cream or meringue – it’s actually an acceptable, quick substitute if you don’t have time to whip up a batch.

In this case, simply add 1 ½ tablespoons of white vinegar to the whites. Be sure it’s a clear, distilled variety that is free from additives, oils and sodium. The vinegar will help prevent curdling during preparation.

You may also opt to add a pinch of salt or a little vanilla extract for flavor instead of the vinegar, making this substitution even simpler to make!

Homemade granola

This granola recipe employs egg whites to give it a nice crunchy shell. This dish is ideal since you can easily substitute ingredients based on what you have on hand. Use almost any type of dried fruit instead of cherries or cranberries, sunflower or hemp seeds instead of sesame seeds, maple syrup rather than agave, and whatever nuts.

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons

We adore recipes like this since they’re usually pretty forgiving, and the chocolate dip adds a lot of appeal but is really simple to execute. These chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons may be prepared in a variety of ways (including nut-free, as shown), with 4 egg whites. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, use two teaspoons instead. Scoop with one spoon and use the other to roll it off of the first spoon. You won’t get a perfect circle, but once it’s dipped in chocolate it’ll appear quite delectable.

Crispy baked onion rings

Aside from the fact that it’s delicious, we appreciate that this dish transforms something usually unhealthy into a healthy and enjoyable side dish. The egg white wash plays an important role in these crispy baked onion rings. If you don’t enjoy spicy meals, you can leave out the cajun seasoning or use something like sweet paprika or garlic powder instead.