Thursday

SOS Mom Saver: Easy Egg Substitute

Given the current egg shortage due to a recall of 380 million eggs because of salmonella, I thought I'd repost this as a reminder for anyone who may find themselves without eggs, but still needing to cook:

I know we've all been there at one time or another. You start baking the cupcakes for your child's class tomorrow & realize you're out of eggs...or that one of your dear family members put the EMPTY egg carton BACK in the fridge. (Ahem...my husband...)


You either don't feel like running to the store when you've already started baking, or you're a one-car family like us and can't because your spouse has the car.

What do you do? Are you stuck? Do you HAVE to run to the store?

I actually discovered the simple solution to this problem for a much different reason. We were poor. Like dirt poor. It cost $350 just to feed and medicate our infant son every month and our grocery budget (including food, paper products, cleaning products, personal hygene, & diapers) for the ENTIRE family was only $200 a month. Those numbers added up to us having to make some hard choices and drastic sacrifices, and led to us finding cheap alternatives to keep us going.

We can afford to buy eggs now, but still use this substitute when baking because no one can tell the difference. Why use our expensive, organic eggs when something else will do?

You need these 3 ingredients:


Water, corn starch, & a tablespoon. And no...you don't HAVE to use bottled water. I don't use bottled water. You get a picture of the bottled water instead of my sink because my dirty dishes-filled sink just wasn't as pretty.


You'll need 1 tablespoon of corn starch per egg in the recipe.


Doesn't that look so pretty?


Dump the corn starch in a bowl. (That's the "official" method. You're supposed to mix the corn starch & water together in a separate bowl before adding it to the mixture. I did that for you (don't you feel special?), but I don't do that any other time. I just dump both straight into my mix & follow the regular directions from there. I'm all about simplicity. And less dirty dishes.


You'll need 3 tablespoons of water per egg. So...that's 1 tablespoon of corn starch and 3 tablespoons of water per egg. If you need 2 eggs, you'll need 2 tablespoons of corn starch, and 6 tablespoons of water. You get the idea.

And again, the "official" instructions are to dump the water in the corn starch which is in a separate bowl.

If you've followed the "official" method, you'll stir the water & corn starch together and then add them to the rest of your mixture as if the mixture was eggs. Viola! You've solved your problem of not having eggs (or just saved yourself some money).

You can also use ground flax seed instead of the corn starch. However, ground flax seed isn't recommended for pregnant women, and is more expensive & not as shelf-stable so we just use corn starch. (I don't remember why it's not good for pregnant women, I just remember it isn't. Perhaps someday I'll get that information and share it with you. Until then, my dear, close friend Google would be ecstatic to help you.)

29 comments:

homesteadmommy said...

Awesome tip! I am going to try it!

Luke said...

Totally passing this on to my wife... just in case (she also does not have access to a vehicle when I am away).

I really enjoyed your "official" instructions [smile].

~Luke

Amy/ThoughtsofTHATmom said...

Glad you found it helpful, Homesteadmommy.

Thanks, Luke! Glad you liked the "official" instructions. Tell your wife she's free to be "unofficial" when doing it herself. LOL

Amy

SoCal_Suz said...

This is a really great tip to know! Thanks :)

Melissa said...

We ran out of eggs so I tried this and it was not good. I was making a brownie mix - needed two eggs, used 2 TBL corn starch and 6 TBL water, brownies were awful. I had to dump them, they were very dense, bubble-y looking, and undone. What did I do wrong?

Amy/ThoughtsofTHATmom said...

I'm not sure what happened, Melissa. I don't use anything BUT the egg substitute in my baking any more.

I have equally used ground flax and corn starch.

I have made brownies, cookies, and cakes all from scratch and from a mix and both gluten-free and "regular". I have never had a problem using this substitute in them. (I also ALWAYS use water instead of milk in any recipes except gravies or sauces.)

Sorry. I honestly don't know what to tell you.

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

You are very welcome, Suz!

Bill Killion said...

You could also eat something else?

Natasha Kerrigan said...

I used an egg substitute the other day while making bread & it worked great!!! Good luck with your egg shortage.

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

I'm talking about for cooking and baking, Bill! (sheesh! Men!)

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

I'm glad it worked well for you, Natasha!

Bill Killion said...

OH! I get it.

Shoot, I was just thinking "so, your out of eggs, go get some granola, or a carrot or something - no big deal"

Elizabeth Dolan-Schmanski said...

Thanks for the idea!!

Jay Paterson said...

Eat chicken!!! Same thing ... just a little bit older!! (Don't ya just love me?)

Bill Killion said...

now why didn't I think of that!

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

LOL I knew that's what you were thinking. Your wife does most of the cooking, doesn't she?

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

What a spectacular idea, Jay!

Bill Killion said...

Well yeah she does. How'd you know?

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Gee...I don't know. Wild guess?

Amy Bauer said...

Milled Flax seed can be used instead of eggs. I do that all the time

Bill Killion said...

wow, you are good

Gene Shoemaker said...

Raise your own chickens like we used to do.

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Gene, I would LOVE to raise my own chickens! Not sure how the HOA would view that, though. Pretty sure it would violate like 23,648 different HOA rules and get us kicked out of the state.

Bill Killion said...

Not the state. Lots of people have their own chickens at this end of Nevada

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Bill, you never know with an HOA

Bill Killion said...

oh Amy - I promise they can't touch you up here

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

That's one thing I miss about non-HOA areas! I look forward to the day when we're in a non-HOA area again! (Can you tell I'm not a huge fan...or a fan AT ALL...of HOAs?)

Bill Killion said...

got that

Kayla said...

Amy,

My friend Google (LOL) wasn't very definitive on whether or not flax was safe during pregnancy. Lots of articles said it was good for the Omega 3's and various vitamins and minerals it has. But one article I read said in particular the oil causes pre-term labor. My advice (I'm not a dr., nurse or herbalist or any other remotely medical type) would be all things in moderation. Using a few tablespoons in place or eggs for a recipe isn't hardly enough to over do it, well unless you only eating baked goods at every meal all substituted, but that's not how pregnant women eat.

 
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