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How to Measure 1/2 An Egg?

Jennalynn Apr 7, 2007 02:35 PM

I'm trying to cut a recipe in half.

Unfortunately the recipe calls for one whole egg.

How do I measure 1/2 an egg?

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  1. MMRuth RE: Jennalynn Apr 7, 2007 02:36 PM

    I usually beat the egg with a fork, measure it, then pour out half.

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      grapevine RE: MMRuth Apr 7, 2007 02:40 PM

      Exactly, I had to do that this afternoon.

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      another_adam RE: Jennalynn Apr 7, 2007 02:47 PM

      A large egg should be about 1/4 cup, or 4 tablespoons -- so if you beat your egg, you just need to measure out 2Tbsp of it for the half recipe.

      1. paulj RE: Jennalynn Apr 7, 2007 02:54 PM

        Would it harm the dish to use a whole egg? Most baked goods will do fine with extra egg, though you could adjust the liquids a bit (e.g. cut back on water/milk by 1/8 cup).


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          another_adam RE: paulj Apr 7, 2007 03:45 PM

          Isn't it a matter of proportions, though? True, most baked things will do fine with some extra egg, but what about with *twice* the number of eggs? Indeed, some things would be fine even with that much extra, but I suppose it would also throw some things off.

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            Jennalynn RE: another_adam Apr 7, 2007 03:47 PM

            Since this was for a cookie recipe that I need to be stiff, I did not add the extra 1/2 an egg.

            I'm making sugar cookies to decorate and I don't want them to spread.

            Thanks for all the help!

          2. re: paulj
            JasmineG RE: paulj Apr 7, 2007 04:06 PM

            This is what I usually do, just use the whole egg and use less other liquid, and it works fine. Granted, I usually don't do it for something where the proportions are super important.

          3. chowser RE: Jennalynn Apr 8, 2007 07:35 AM

            If it's for sugar cookies, I'd just use the yolk.

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              joedoe RE: Jennalynn Apr 6, 2014 01:06 PM

              You need the following materials: An egg, a fork, and a measuring cup with a halfway line.

              First, beat the egg with the fork over the measuring cup just in case it spills.

              Next, crack the egg open (still in front of the measuring cup) and pour in the egg to the halfway mark making sure you don't accidently pour in parts of the egg shell.

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