That night, he had a craving for cake. (Actually, he had a craving for cake batter, but cake is a good way to use up unfinished batter.) As he separated the egg yolk from the white, he chuckled and said, “Oh no, I’m going to waste three egg yolks!”
I was about to roll my eyes and tell him to go ahead and toss it, but then I told myself, “I promised not to waste food. No scrap left behind!”
So I put the three egg yolks in the fridge until I could figure out what to do with them.
Finally, I just added them to scrambled eggs. You can also add them to omelets. One yolk per one regular egg was a good ratio. This made my scrambled eggs brighter, more flavorful, and more nutritious (all the nutrients are in the yolk).
There are a lot of recipes that call for egg whites without the yolk – an angel food cake might call for as many as twelve egg whites. But there are lots of recipes that call for egg yolk only, most of them sauces and desserts: hollandaise sauce, puddings, eggnog, alfredo, caeser salad dressing, crème anglaise, crème brulee, and certain types of cakes and pies.
My philosophy, though, is using up food shouldn’t mean making more food. If you don’t finish what you made, you end up wasting more than if you had just thrown the yolk away in the first place. Of course, if you actually do want to make pudding and hollandaise sauce, then it’s a good idea to save your egg yolks.
You can hypothetically freeze them. Put each egg yolk in an ice cube tray and sprinkle with a little salt or sugar first (because that supposedly does something???). But unless you have a plan for how you’re going to use them, I wouldn’t recommend taking up precious freezer space for yolks you aren’t likely to use.
UPDATE: A reader who went to culinary school told me you actually CAN'T freeze egg yolk, though you can freeze raw egg whites. I have a rule not to post anything I haven't actually tried. This is what happens when I break that rule!
You can plop one egg yolk into your smoothies. This makes them smoother, richer, and more nutritious. It's cheaper than buying protein powder!
People also use them in their hair and as a facial. I guess that counts as not wasting, though you aren’t technically eating them.
The cupcakes my husband made turned into quite a fiasco, but I’ll tell you more about that in the next post.