Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Egg Whites From the Egg or Carton?

I was in the store the other day and saw all the different options of eggs, egg whites, and egg substitutes. It's no wonder people are confused as to what they should buy and why. So I'm going to break it down into 4 categories and tell you what kind I think you should go for, if that's the way you think.



I'm worried about cost. Obviously buying all egg whites in a carton is more cost effective than eggs in a carton.

Not so fast there bargain shopper! Let me break it down for you (based on my local grocery store at least!).

A 32 oz carton of egg whites, store brand, costs $4.19. There are 4 cups in 32 oz, therefore, cost is $1.04/cup.

A carton of eggs, large, store brand, costs $1.39. I find that there is about 1/4 cup of egg white per egg. Using this math, there are 3 cups in a carton. Making the cost $0.46/cup. Even if I air on  the side of stingy and say that there is only 1/8 cup of egg white per egg, that makes 1.5 cups per carton. The cost in this case would be $0.92 per cup.

So there you have it. Bargain shoppers beware. Buy the carton of eggs!

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I'm worried about the chickens. I don't want to eat something that came from a chicken who sat on a cage its whole life.

Totally understandable, and I get it. Because sometimes I feel the same way. But be careful when you're in the store. Just because something says "cage free" or "free range" doesn't mean that it lived in green pastures its whole life. It can mean something drastically different. By definition, producers are allowed to label their products "cage free" and "free range" even if there's a huge barn with only one 8x8 opening for the chickens to get out of. They do, most likely, have more comfortable bedding though!  Instead, go for products labeled with both an Organic and Cage Free or Free Range label. Organic products are monitored by the USDA more closely than others.

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I make a lot of recipes with egg whites. I don't want to shell a bunch of eggs every morning.

Dude. I am right there with you. The only reason that I even have mornings where I shell eggs is because I have a garbage disposal that needs to be sharpened (and my roommate in college said that eggs shells did that, I wonder if she was right? Either way I've been doing it ever since haha). But my advice for this situation is--buy the carton of egg whites. Ease in the morning is something not to be taken for granted.

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I don't want to eat processed eggs or egg substitutes.

Hate to break it to you, but carton egg whites are 100% egg whites, pasteurized to make them safe enough to package outside of its natural spot, and shelf stable in the refrigerator. So there's really nothing to worry about.

Cholesterol free egg substitutes are different, however, that's where you're going to find preservatives and flavorings. Stick to egg whites.

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And finally...if you're craving an egg yolk. Just have it! Mix 1 whole egg, with 1 egg white and you'll feel better than ever.

Questions? Feel free to ask :)
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4 comments

  1. Great post! I've been buying the liquid egg whites lately and wondering if it was the best option. :) Thanks!

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    1. It's like I can read your mind! Just wrote my TIU essay. Loved looking back over the past 8 weeks to see how I've grown!

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  2. Thanks for breaking this down - very helpful! You also have me seriously intrigued with the garbage disposal sharpening claim... may have to give it a go!

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  3. The other day I cracked the last egg we had from a local farm next door open and then added a "cage free" store bought egg (cause I wanted two eggs in my omlett. I was SHOCKED to see the colors next to each other. The farm egg from our neighbor? A rich yellow yolk and then the cage free happy chicken egg from the grocery store? light yellow and watery looking.

    Never again store bought eggs. I rather need none.....

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