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Kitchen Tip: How to Measure Partial Eggs

One of my favorite kitchen tips is how to measure partial eggs because it comes in handy when you’re making adjustments to recipes.

Have you ever wanted to make a half a recipe of something but there are an odd number of eggs in the original?

Me too.

Take last week for example.

I wanted to make these Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes to experiment with a new frosting recipe.

But I did not want 30 cupcakes.

The original recipe calls for 3 eggs, which might seem problematic, but it really isn’t.

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5 Easy Steps to Measure a Partial Egg

1. Crack your egg into a bowl.

2. Hand whisk the egg until the yolk and white are thoroughly combined.

3. Measure the number of tablespoons (or teaspoons) from the single whisked egg.

I measure out a tablespoon at a time and transfer it to another small bowl.

One large egg contains approximately 3 tablespoons, but you’ll want to measure the eggs you typically purchase for accuracy.

4. If you need a half an egg, measure out half of the total whisked amount, i.e. 1 1/2 tablespoons.

5. Add the partial amount to your recipe, then add the remaining amount of egg and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

(i.e. you need 1 1/2 eggs: add the measured 1/2 egg and one whole egg)
Not only does this tip apply to when you want to cut a recipe down, but it can also help you if you want to make more – perhaps not a double batch, but maybe 1 1/2 of a batch.

For instance, say the original recipe makes 1 dozen cupcakes, but you need to bring 18 cupcakes to your child’s classroom party.

Just a little bit of math and measuring and you’ll be ready to go.

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How to Measure Partial Eggs

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

One of my favorite kitchen tips is how to measure partial eggs because it comes in handy when you're making adjustments to recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg

Instructions

5 Easy Steps to Measure a Partial Egg

  1. Crack your egg into a bowl.
  2. Hand whisk the egg until the yolk and white are thoroughly combined.
  3. Measure the number of tablespoons (or teaspoons) from the single whisked egg. I measure out a tablespoon at a time and transfer it to another small bowl. One large egg contains approximately 3 tablespoons, but you'll want to measure the eggs you typically purchase for accuracy.
  4. If you need a half an egg, measure out half of the total whisked amount, i.e. 1 1/2 tablespoons.
  5. Add the partial amount to your recipe, then add the remaining amount of egg and proceed with the rest of the recipe. (i.e. you need 1 1/2 eggs: add the measured 1/2 egg and one whole egg)

Notes

Not only does this tip apply to when you want to cut a recipe down, but it can also help you if you want to make more - perhaps not a double batch, but maybe 1 1/2 of a batch.


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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 186mgSodium 71mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g

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Amanda

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

I was wanting to half a recipe an it called for one egg and I draw a blank. I could not for the life of me figure out how I was going to half that egg. Thanks so much!

Katie

Thursday 20th of February 2020

glad I could help!

Eveline Procure

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

How do you do half if you have to keep white and yolk seperate (like in a meringue).

Katie

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Separate the white and the yolk, lightly beat each individual portion, and then measure for half as described in this post. Another way it to use a kitchen scale to weigh the white and yolk separately, then use half the amount of each weight in your recipe. Does that make sense?

dana d

Tuesday 12th of April 2011

Brilliant! Now why did I not think of this?

Amanda

Wednesday 9th of February 2011

Wow, this is such an easy answer and something I had not thought out. Thank you very much for sharing!

Melissa Mack

Thursday 3rd of February 2011

Great tip!!! Thanks so much!