Leftover Egg Yolks: 8 Clever Ways to Use Them

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?

What to do with leftover egg yolks?iStockphoto/Thinkstock
Lots of ideas! But note: 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 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 into a covered container in the fridge. This way, they’ll keep for two to three days. 

Whip up a yellow cake.

Whip up a yellow cake.feryersan/Getty Images
Celebrate someone special with a tasty yellow cake from the blog BakingBites.com. The batter uses two large egg yolks; mix up easy butter cream frosting from AllRecipes.com and you’ll be able to take advantage of two more of your leftovers.

Make pudding for dessert.

Make pudding for dessert.iStockphoto / Thinkstock
If you’re used to the instant kind, making it yourself from scratch will be a decadent delight. Martha Stewart’s no-fail version uses about four of your leftover egg yolks.

Indulge in Pasta Alfredo.

Indulge in Pasta Alfredo.iStockphoto /Thinkstock
This beloved, classic Italian dish isn’t viewed as the healthiest, but it’s fine to enjoy on special occasions. This cheesy, creamy Alfredo sauce from Italianchef.com calls for about two of your leftover egg yolks.

Power up a smoothie.

Power up a smoothie.iStock/Thinkstock
Eggs add protein, omega-3s, and other nutrients as they thicken smoothies and shakes with a creamy, satisfying texture. On her Health, Home, and Happiness blog, Cara Comini adds two to three egg yolks to her fruit milkshake recipes to make “the smoothie taste like real ice cream.”

Perfect your eggnog.

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What’s a holiday party without this sweet creamy cocktail? Break out the punch bowl and refine your eggnog recipe with this take from About.com; as a general rule, you’ll use about one of your leftover egg yolks per drink.

Top dishes with Hollandaise sauce.

Top dishes with Hollandaise sauce.Robert Morris/Getty Images
You’ve probably had this creamy, thick yellow sauce over an Eggs Benedict at brunch, but it’s versatile enough to use in other dishes. Drizzle homemade Hollandaise over steamed green veggies like asparagus, or spoon some on top of grilled salmon. Try this Hollandaise recipe from Cookingnook.com.

Pamper your skin.

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Egg yolks make for a wonderful skin-mask ingredient because their vitamin A helps repair skin and reduce acne. Experiment with other recipes: your mask can moisturize if you use almond oil, avocado, and clay, for example; or tone if you use witch hazel. These DIY facials on eHow.com use one of your leftover egg yolks each.

Moisturize your hair.

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Your fridge may be home to your new favorite conditioner. Rich in fats and proteins, an egg’s yolk is naturally moisturizing and nourishing, which can make your hair less prone to breakage. Use a half-cup of your leftover egg yolks (6 to 7 yolks), beat until creamy, and apply to clean, damp hair. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water. You can use this deep conditioning treatment about once a month for glossier locks.

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