Did you know that eggs are the second most common allergy in children (second only to cow’s milk)? Allergic reactions can vary greatly casusing anything from gastrointestinal upset to life-threatening anaphylaxis. While most children outgrown their egg allergy by age five according to the Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America, there are still many adults who continue to live with the allergy forever.
While cooking without eggs can have a bit of a learning curve, it’s a skill easily mastered with a little practice and minimal effort. All you need to know is what you can grab off your shelf when cooking for someone with an egg allergy, or even when you happen to run out of eggs!
Fruit: One of the quickiest egg replacers on hand is mashed-up fruit. Fruits like applesauce, bananas (if tolerated), raisins and other dried fruits work great. For each whole egg your recipe calls for, replace with 1/4 cup of mashed or pureed fruit.
Baking Soda & Vinegar: Combine one tablespoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for each egg when baking.
Flax Seed: For one egg, substitute one tablespoon of ground flax combined with three tablespoons of water. It’s best to let the mixture sit for five or more minutes before using.
Chia Seed: Combine one tablespoon of ground chia seeds and three tablespoons of water and let sit for 10-15 minutes before adding to your recipe.
Xanthun Gum: Use approximately one teaspon of xanthun gum per recipe.
Gelatin: Make a faux egg mixture by mixing two teaspoons of unflavored gelatin and one cup of boiling water. Use 3 1/2 tablespoons of this mixture for each egg.
Other Eggs: If the allergy is limited to chicken eggs, give duck or quail eggs a try. I really enjoy duck eggs.
Egg White Wash: When an egg white wash is called for, try using butter (if dairy is tolerated) or oil. I like to use coconut oil.
Be sure to really read the labels for eggs if there is an allergy concern. Eggs are often hidden under other ingredient labels such as natural and artificial flavors, lecithin and nougat.
12 Eggstraordinary Facts About Eggs:
- A stale egg will float in water. A fresh egg will sink.
- To find out if an egg is hard-boiled without cracking, try taking it for a spin. If it’s fresh, it will wobble. If it’s hard-boiled, it will spin easily.
- There are up to 17,000 pores on each eggshell.
- For every one dozen eggs produced, a hen must eat four pounds of food.
- Egg yolks are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D.
- In France, new brides crack an egg before entering their home as a bride. This is done for good luck & healthy pregnancies/babies.
- To clean up a cracked egg on the floor or other hard surface, sprinkle the spill with a heavy dose of salt to make clean up a breeze.
- The most expensive egg ever sold was the Faberge “Winter Egg” sold in 1994 for $5.6 million.
- Eggs can help improve the coat & fur of your pets, while also protecting eye site.
- It takes between 24 and 26 hours for a hen to produce a single egg.
- Eggs are the largest single cell.
- Eggs can imitate a brain befuddled by drugs.
A Dozen Things to do Instead of Throw Out Your Eggshells:
- Start your seeds in eggshells using Apartment Therapy’s guide.
- Soak the shells in water for 3-4 days to make a fertilzer for your plants.
- Feed them to your chickens or animals using this guide from The Prairie Homestead.
- Make Eggshell Chalk
- Scatter the shells around your yard for birds to eat or use as nesting material.
- Make a super strong eggshell arch.
- Make your own calcium supplement by grinding shells into a powder & filling capsules.
- Use dyed eggshells to create colorful crafts & mosaics.
- Make a lamp.
- Sprinkle in your garden to deter slugs & pests.
- Craft your own safe nite light by blowing out the egg & inserting an LED inside.
Do you have some something to add about eggs? I’d love to hear from you!