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The Seriously Versatile Egg Powder You Should Sub Into Everything
By Andra Picincu
The cost of eggs keeps increasing, posing challenges for home cooks and professional chefs alike, but other options are available to substitute eggs. Egg white powder, a versatile ingredient that is healthy, convenient, and relatively cheap, is an easy alternative.
Egg white powder is a dehydrated form of egg whites, and once reconstituted, they can be used in any recipe without the need to cook them. Mix 2 teaspoons of powdered egg whites with 2 tablespoons of warm water for the equivalent of one large egg white, which can be used as a substitute in most recipes or added to smoothies, cheesecake bars, meringue frosting, cloud bread, or royal icing.
However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests cooking this substitute to prevent bacterial contamination, especially if you use them in meals for small children, seniors, or people with impaired immunity. The powder can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 24 months, so it's a good idea to buy several containers if you find it on sale (per Ovostar).