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What is the Volume of an Egg?

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When a recipe calls for 1 cup of egg whites, just how many eggs are we talking about using? So, how many eggs are in a cup of egg whites? We tackled this and other egg questions.

In cooking, eggs are usually used in 3 different ways when they are raw: as whole eggs, egg whites and egg yolks. The volume of an egg depends on several things including the size of the egg. Since most recipes that call for eggs are referring to "Large" size eggs, we decided to use a normal large grocery store egg in our test to answer the question "What is the volume of an egg?".

We looked at how much egg yolk is in an average large egg. How much egg white is in an average egg. And what is the total volume of an egg. It may "crack you up" to realize that 1 egg yolk measures 1 to 1.25 tablespoon and the white is 2 tablespoons. This makes the whole shelled egg measure about 3 tablespoons. Using these same eggs, the yolk weighed .6 ounce (18 grams) and egg white was 1.05 ounces (30 grams).

Some people also want to know "How many eggs in a cup?" The answer is there are 4 to 5 average size large whole eggs in a cup. If you want 1 cup of egg whites you'll need 7 to 8 eggs and for 1 cup of egg yolks it takes 12 to 13 eggs to obtain that quantity. < /p>

Did you know that the color of the yolk is determined by what type of food the hen eats? Also, an egg's shell color doesn't indicate the quality or nutritional value of an egg, but rather the breed of the hen that laid it. An average hen lays 250 to 300 eggs a year and as she grows older she produces larger and larger eggs. Ever wonder if an egg you discovered in your refrigerator is raw or hard-cooked? Not a problem, just spin it! If the egg spins easily, it is cooked but if it wobbles, it is raw!

Now you know what the volume of an egg is and how many eggs are in a cup, your baking and cooking should go much more smoothly. To determine other correct egg measurements, you can use the converter below. If you tend to separate eggs often, you may want to invest in an egg separator. This $5 OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Egg Separator is one of the best we've found and the one we use at home.

Custom Conversions for Egg

One Egg Equals

  • There is ¾ Ounces (22 mls) of Egg Yolk in a Egg
  • There is 1 Ounce (30 mls) of Egg White in a Egg
  • There is 1¾ Ounces (52 mls) of Raw Egg in a Egg
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You need 10.9 Eggs

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How to Store Egg

General How to Store Egg Info

To prevent eggs from absorbing odors from other foods in the refrigerator, store them in the original carton.

Besides basic white or brown chicken eggs, other common types include: duck eggs (larger than chicken, with a stronger flavor), quail eggs (smaller than chicken and generally used in specialty recipes or as hors d'oeuvres), and goose eggs (much larger than chicken and much stronger in flavor).

Short Term Egg Storage

For best flavor, use eggs within 1 week of purchase. Eggs will keep for 5 weeks without loss of nutrients or functional properties.

Egg Long Term Storage

To freeze: crack the egg and beat until just blended, then place 1 egg mixture in each muffin tin compartment to freeze them individually. Place muffin tin into the freezer; once solid, pop them out and store in a plastic freezer bag. To use, remove however you need and simply thaw in the refrigerator. If you prefer, beat all the eggs together, place in an airtight plastic container and freeze them all together; about 2 tablespoons of the slightly blended egg mixture will equal about one large egg.

Egg Side Notes

In addition to eating eggs for breakfast, eggs are important during the cooking process by helping thicken food, acting as an emulsifier, and binding food together.

The color of the egg shell (white or brown) does not affect its flavor, quality, or nutrients; color is determined by the breed of the chicken.

Egg Recipes

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Sous Vide Egg White Only Egg Cup Bites Recipe

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Sous Vide Broccoli Egg Cup Bites Recipe

Sous Vide Broccoli Egg Cup Bites Recipe image These egg cup bites were first popularized by Starbucks but are really easy to make at home using sous vide to cook them. You can use any ingredients you want to flavor them but I always enjoy broccoli and cheddar cheese. For a lighter egg you can replace the cream with milk, or use 1/4 cup cream cheese for a denser end result.

Shakshuka with Sous Vide Poached Egg Blossom Recipe

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Avocado Toast with Sous Vide Hard-Boiled Egg Recipe

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Sous Vide Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Egg Cup Bites Recipe

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Sous Vide 13 Minute Egg on Wilted Spinach Salad

Sous Vide 13 Minute Egg on Wilted Spinach Salad image The 13 minute egg is one of the most popular ways to cook eggs because it's easy, fast, and the results are really great. This recipe gives it a brightness by serving it on top of a wilted spinach salad.

Chipotle Caviar and Crispy Pulled Pork Recipe

Chipotle Caviar and Crispy Pulled Pork  Recipe image This recipe combines crispy pulled pork and savory deviled egg with a burst of spicy chipotle flavor into one of the more unique combinations. The crispy pulled pork can be used as a garnish for many dishes, and a topper for fish or salads.

Purple Pickled Beet and Goat Cheese Recipe

Purple Pickled Beet and Goat Cheese  Recipe image These tangy reddish-purple deviled eggs are made with pickled beet brine. This recipe aims for some color without an overpowering flavor so the eggs are only soaked for 12 to 18 hours. Topped with a dab of goat cheese, a pecan and a slice of pickled beet - they are always a crowd pleaser!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls Recipe image Using a sous vide pasteurized egg is a great way to enjoy raw cookie dough without worrying about getting anyone sick.

Candied Bacon with Chive Air Recipe

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Basic Deviled Eggs Base Recipe

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Poached Sous Vide Egg Recipe

Poached Sous Vide Egg Recipe image One of my wife's favorite breakfast meals is eggs. She loves all the classic egg dishes but sometimes I like to mix it up some and make "poached" sous vide eggs. They have a softness that is hard to obtain through normal poaching. Plus it's always fun to surprise her with a new egg dish. Here's one poached sous vide egg recipe that has bacon, tomato, and basil on it.

Scrambled Eggs Sous Vide Recipe

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What is the Produce Converter?

One of the biggest hassles when cooking and working in the kitchen is when a recipe calls for "the juice of 1 lime" or a similar measurement. Often times when cooking people use bottled juices, pre-sliced vegetables and other convenient cooking time savers. Produce Converter will help you convert the "juice of 1 lime" and other similar recipe instructions into tablespoons, cups and other concrete measurements.

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