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How to live without Eggs


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Eggs haven't always been available and human ingenuity has created numerous ways to avoid their use, whether it be because you have run out,  you're a vegan, you're allergic to them or you just don't like them.


General Advice


Work out what you want your egg replacement to do. Do you want to replace a whole egg, or just the yolk or just the white? This will help determine what to use in place of the egg product. Eggs have different uses - sometimes they are used for binding, sometimes for leavening (making lighter/fluffier) or sometimes just for the taste. You should also try to be aware of which of these elements you are trying to replace.


Be careful of purchasing egg 'substitutes' which often contain eggs (if you don't want to use eggs at all).  It's best to read the label before purchasing.


Substitutes for Eggs

  1. Egg White substitute -  mix 1 tbsp plain agar powder (available from health food stores/Chinese stores etc) with 1 tbsp water. Whip together, chill it and then whip it again.

  2. Whole Egg Substitute -  Mix together 1 tbsp flaxseed (ground up) with 3 tablespoons of water to replace one egg. Make sure that the mixture has gelled before using it. Some people recommend simmering the two items together to thicken this mix.

  3. Another Whole Egg Substitute - mix 2 tbsp water with 1 tbsp of oil and 2 teasp of baking powder. Mix together well before adding.

  4. Fruit makes an excellent replacement for eggs - try bananas, apple puree or any high pectin content fruit. In general, 225g/8oz of banana will replace 1 egg.

  5. Tofu is good as a replacement, as it will take on the flavour of whatever you are cooking it with. In general, 225g/8oz of tofu will replace 1 egg. Whip or beat it before adding it to the recipe.

  6. In savory recipes, such as a vegetarian loaf, try binding agents like mashed potato, tomato paste or rolled oats. These agents help to thicken and gel with the other ingredients. Also bread crumbs, cornmeal/flour, arrowroot and whole-wheat flour are good substitutions.

  7. It is possible to make pancakes without eggs. There are several eggless pancake recipes on this site To find them all use the search page and type in eggless pancake.

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