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Survey: Do You Prefer the Egg White or the Egg Yolk Portion?

Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2013 08:13 AM

I have recently read several posts about egg white. This got me thinking of a simple question.

When you eat your eggs (fried eggs, poached eggs, soft boiled eggs...etc), do you enjoy the egg white portion more or the egg yolk portion more?

1) Egg White
2) About the same (no clear preference)
3) Egg Yolk

Thanks for your inputs.

  1. l
    Linda VH Oct 20, 2013 08:15 AM

    3. Egg Yolk!

    1 Reply
    1. re: Linda VH
      Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2013 08:16 AM

      Holy crap. You are fast (in responding)

    2. k
      kitchengardengal Oct 20, 2013 08:27 AM

      Yolks for me, too.

      1. a
        Apple Oct 20, 2013 08:43 AM

        I prefer the whites generally unless the yolk is runny and oozy and there is buttered toast close by. Num num

        1 Reply
        1. re: Apple
          melpy Oct 22, 2013 03:40 AM

          Basically this. Hard yolk or runny white makes me gag. I prefer them eaten together anyway.

        2. Veggo Oct 20, 2013 08:57 AM


          1. MGZ Oct 20, 2013 09:51 AM

            Please, Dear Fuser, forgive me, I still love you, but, I wanna try:

            Oh, Egg, so rewarding
            Your soft, virgin white
            Protein rich, flavorless
            Do your job , protect
            That glorious, yellow soul
            That fatty, wonderful core
            That magnificent, magical love
            Put your strong back against
            Her soft, supple pillow
            Firm yourself proudly, and let her
            Offer bulbous bliss
            Offer tender milkiness
            Offer her pleasure to each of us
            Let us revel in the ooze of the Sun
            The affirmation of the Galaxy
            The infinity of the Universe

            Um, I guess I should note, to assuage any confusion, I'm a yolk guy.

            7 Replies
            1. re: MGZ
              c oliver Oct 20, 2013 09:59 AM

              That really made me miss FF.

              1. re: c oliver
                MGZ Oct 20, 2013 10:04 AM

                Me two and three.

                1. re: c oliver
                  lynnlato Oct 20, 2013 10:10 AM

                  Hear! Hear! Me too!

                  1. re: lynnlato
                    lynnlato Nov 5, 2013 04:22 AM

                    I love the yolk for it's deliciousness and the white for it's protein punch. Alas, I love them together but I usually eat one whole egg w/ added whites for extra protein.

                2. re: MGZ
                  Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2013 10:06 AM

                  I probably should have had a separate category just for your love.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                    MGZ Oct 20, 2013 10:18 AM

                    Aww, CK, if life ever was without love, even this crusty, dirty, ol' 'hound couldn't eat. Sad as that might be to consider, the fundamental notion that you posited in the OP simply proves that even when a drunken, hungry, grayin' mutt like me passes on to the endless bowl of kibbles and pigs ears in the sky, there will still be wonder and magic growin' from the piles I left in the yard.

                  2. re: MGZ
                    Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2013 10:17 AM

                    So sad. Somehow I missed FoodFuser's passing news. Love the guy. (No wonder I have not seen him for a long time).

                  3. g
                    GH1618 Oct 20, 2013 09:58 AM

                    There's an old refrain: "You can't have one without the o...ther."

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: GH1618
                      foodieX2 Oct 20, 2013 10:09 AM

                      Yes, I prefer them both together. A runny yolk is divine but I love it with firmly cooked white. Give a me pizza bismarck and I am a happy gal.

                      1. re: GH1618
                        tcamp Oct 21, 2013 05:25 AM

                        Agree. I like the whole package. So 2.

                        1. re: GH1618
                          JungMann Oct 21, 2013 09:42 AM

                          That is a good point. I suspect that most of us who love runny yolks fail to appreciate how the bland whites are the perfect foil the richness of the yolk.

                          1. re: GH1618
                            Bada Bing Oct 22, 2013 09:39 AM

                            I land here, too. The Libra comes out in me: balance and proportion. (Not that those virtues apply in much else in my life!)

                          2. h
                            Harters Oct 20, 2013 10:04 AM


                            1. Peg Oct 20, 2013 10:08 AM

                              Yolks every time

                              1. lynnlato Oct 20, 2013 10:12 AM

                                Hands down my heart belongs to the yolk. However, I need lots of protein and watch my calories so I typically supplement my one egg w/ extra whites. But yes, egg yolks, oh how I love thee. <sigh>

                                1. j
                                  John Francis Oct 20, 2013 10:12 AM

                                  If it's just eggs, I want the whole package. If it's eggs as an ingredient, it depends on what I'm making, of course.Why do you ask?

                                  1. Will Owen Oct 20, 2013 02:17 PM

                                    Back in the days of my youth, a hard-boiled yolk was something I could tolerate only if mixed with enough mayonnaise. I am so glad to have gotten over that, but I still need some salt. Now my preference, if the egg is eaten by itself, is for a firm but still-transparent yolk and firm whites. If the yolk is runny I need some carbs to soak it in - toast, potatoes or both. So I guess my preference still leans slightly towards the white, though I'll always want the yolk in there too.

                                    1. emglow101 Oct 20, 2013 02:20 PM


                                      1. Gastronomos Oct 20, 2013 04:32 PM


                                        1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2013 04:49 PM

                                          A Quick Update. Egg Yolk is leading with ~60% of the votes. Thanks.

                                          Apple = 1
                                          emglow101 = 3
                                          foodieX2 = 2
                                          Gastronomos = 3
                                          GH1618 = 2
                                          Hartes = 2
                                          John Francis = 2
                                          kitchengardengal = 3
                                          Linda VH = 3
                                          lynnlato = 3
                                          MGZ = 3
                                          Peg = 3
                                          Veggo = 3
                                          Will Owen = 1

                                          6 Replies
                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                            GH1618 Oct 20, 2013 06:15 PM

                                            Actually, I don't like any of the choices. Believing that they should only be eaten together is not the same as saying I like them equally well.

                                            1. re: GH1618
                                              Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2013 06:37 PM

                                              Will do. I will remove your answer from number 2.

                                              1. re: GH1618
                                                MGZ Oct 21, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                "Actually, I don't like any of the choices."

                                                Then, don't vote. Act like it's the NJ or VA Gubernatorial election next month.

                                                1. re: MGZ
                                                  Chemicalkinetics Oct 21, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                  < Act like it's the NJ or VA Gubernatorial election next month.>


                                                  1. re: MGZ
                                                    GH1618 Oct 21, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                    I didn't vote, I merely gave my opinion, thank you.

                                                    1. re: GH1618
                                                      MGZ Oct 22, 2013 03:39 AM

                                                      You're welcome. (That was the point, after all.)

                                              2. j
                                                justalex Oct 20, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                3 always, runny with buttered toast. Bliss!

                                                1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2013 06:39 PM


                                                  Apple = 1
                                                  emglow101 = 3
                                                  foodieX2 = 2
                                                  Gastronomos = 3
                                                  Hartes = 2
                                                  John Francis = 2
                                                  justalex = 3
                                                  kitchengardengal = 3
                                                  Linda VH = 3
                                                  lynnlato = 3
                                                  MGZ = 3
                                                  Peg = 3
                                                  Veggo = 3
                                                  Will Owen = 1

                                                  1. fldhkybnva Oct 20, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                    It depends -

                                                    I enjoy a nice runny fried or poached egg yolk but also really enjoy egg whites in boiled, frittata or scrambled form.

                                                    1. pinehurst Oct 21, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                      2 ...for the different texture and mouth feel---each are interesting.

                                                      1. d
                                                        debbiel Oct 21, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                        I absolutely love yolk from a good egg. Love it. But it is tough to imagine it without the white. When I fry an egg Spanish style? That white is extraordinary.

                                                        1. z
                                                          zin1953 Oct 21, 2013 04:29 PM


                                                          1. Bill Hunt Oct 21, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                            Depends on the dish, but usually both, such as with Grits & Eggs. Would not want to miss either there.


                                                            1. cayjohan Oct 21, 2013 09:05 PM

                                                              If I have to: 3. No question. I love the whole, but the yolk is something *plus.*

                                                              1. r
                                                                rainey Oct 21, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                They work well together but if I were to eat one without the other it would definitely be the yolk. No question at all.

                                                                1. ipsedixit Oct 21, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                  Can I choose "4"?

                                                                  I was going to select "2" but as I thought about it that choice was just not accurate.

                                                                  In fact, "2" in many ways just wrong. It's not that I have no preference; rather, on the contrary I have a strong preference for both simultaneously.

                                                                  If I'm cooking an egg just to eat on its own (as opposed to incorporated into a recipe either as a whole like cakes or individually like custard or meringues) I have to have both the yolk and the white.

                                                                  For example, no way would I want scrambled eggs with just the yolk (yuck) or munch on a plate of just fried egg whites (ick).

                                                                  1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 21, 2013 10:09 PM

                                                                    Thanks. The results are starting to converge

                                                                    Apple = 1
                                                                    Bill Hunt = 2
                                                                    cayjohan = 3
                                                                    debbiel = 3
                                                                    emglow101 = 3
                                                                    fldhkybnva = 2
                                                                    foodieX2 = 2
                                                                    Gastronomos = 3
                                                                    Hartes = 2
                                                                    John Francis = 2
                                                                    justalex = 3
                                                                    kitchengardengal = 3
                                                                    Linda VH = 3
                                                                    lynnlato = 3
                                                                    MGZ = 3
                                                                    Peg = 3
                                                                    pinehurst = 2
                                                                    rainey = 3
                                                                    Veggo = 3
                                                                    Will Owen = 1
                                                                    zin1953 = 3

                                                                    1. y
                                                                      youareabunny Oct 22, 2013 03:34 AM

                                                                      They each have their places. I love a runny yolk but I need to dip my white in it.

                                                                      So I guess I pick 2.

                                                                      1. WhatsEatingYou Oct 22, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                        2, like them both together!

                                                                        1. meatn3 Oct 22, 2013 06:22 AM


                                                                          They go together like hand in glove! But a nice runny yolk is true bliss. I can't abide runny white though.

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                                                                          1. re: meatn3
                                                                            Kontxesi Oct 22, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                            Runny whites make me queasy. Just looking at them on my plate.... Eurgh.

                                                                          2. k
                                                                            Kontxesi Oct 22, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                            2 I'd say. It depends on how they're cooked and what I'm eating them with, but I think it all evens out.

                                                                            1. The Professor Oct 22, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                              2 for me...I can enjoy the yolks and whites separately, but much prefer them together in almost any form.

                                                                              I do like omelets made with egg white though (and not for any fad diet reason...egg white w feta & spinach is a particular fave).

                                                                              1. d
                                                                                debbiel Oct 22, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                This thread is making me a bit sad about asparagus season being so far off. Right now I really just want to dip a piece of asparagus into a perfect yolk.

                                                                                1. sherrib Oct 22, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                  3, definitely the yolk. I prefer an oozing over easy yolk in the morning over egg whites. I definitely prefer a custard to a meringue.

                                                                                  1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 22, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                    Thanks again for your inputs.

                                                                                    When eating our eggs,
                                                                                    7% of the responders enjoy the Egg White the most,
                                                                                    36% equally love the Egg White and Egg Yolk, and
                                                                                    57% look forward the Egg Yolk.
                                                                                    Apple = White
                                                                                    Will Owen = White
                                                                                    Bill Hunt = Equal
                                                                                    fldhkybnva = Equal
                                                                                    foodieX2 = Equal
                                                                                    Hartes = Equal
                                                                                    John Francis = Equal
                                                                                    Kontxesi = Equal
                                                                                    pinehurst = Equal
                                                                                    The Professor = Equal
                                                                                    WhatsEatingYou = Equal
                                                                                    you are buuny = Equal
                                                                                    cayjohan = Yolk
                                                                                    debbiel = Yolk
                                                                                    debbiel = Yolk
                                                                                    emglow101 = Yolk
                                                                                    Gastronomos = Yolk
                                                                                    justalex = Yolk
                                                                                    kitchengardengal = Yolk
                                                                                    Linda VH = Yolk
                                                                                    lynnlato = Yolk
                                                                                    meatn3 = Yolk
                                                                                    MGZ = Yolk
                                                                                    Peg = Yolk
                                                                                    rainey = Yolk
                                                                                    sherrib = Yolk
                                                                                    Veggo = Yolk
                                                                                    zin1953 = Yolk

                                                                                    1. FoodChic Nov 1, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                                      The yolk, the whole yolk, and nothing but the yolk.

                                                                                      1. h
                                                                                        HillJ Nov 1, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                        4) soft boiled :)

                                                                                        1. deet13 Nov 1, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                                                          3) I like the yolk more

                                                                                          1. John E. Nov 2, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                            Runny yolk.

                                                                                            1. Kholvaitar Nov 26, 2013 07:23 AM


                                                                                              Make mine a double...

                                                                                              1. viperlush Nov 26, 2013 07:39 AM


                                                                                                1. jw615 Nov 26, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                                                                  I developed an egg allergy about 5 years ago.

                                                                                                  I sometimes really, really miss a runny yolk.

                                                                                                  I never miss egg white. Well, I do miss my Mom's deviled eggs, but really the white there is just a vehicle for the deliciously seasoned yolk.

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