double yolks

Do double yolks count as 2 eggs? I’m arguing with a friend about that. She says yes, I say no because even though you get 2 yolks, you only have 1 eggs worth of egg whites. Wouldn’t that alter a recipe?

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Allow me, the cooking Goddess to answer: Two yolks would have, if not egg-napped from their mama hen, been hatched into two chicks. So, In my book, two egg yolks in one egg equal two eggs.

My guess is that it depends on what you’re measuring the eggs for – volume, or dietary properties. If you’re measuring for dietary purposes, then because the yolk is where all the fat is, it would be the equivalent of two eggs. For a recipe, it would be a little short on fluid, so you’d probably want to add a little bit of milk to whatever it is you’re making. Please note that I’m NOT a professional cook, so YMMV.

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NO NO, yolks on you ,shirley, double yolks don’t make double chicks.Makes for a slightly heavier chick at hatching. Best thing to do with a double is to cook it and eat it no problem in a recipe.It would have more cholesterol though, wouldn’t it? seems it would have some effect in a recipe some call for one egg and one yolk for example.Isn’t there some superstition about the double yolk? That you’ll marry rich or poor or some such? I don’t know don’t mind me i am just bein a wise egg.

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I know you’re not gonna believe this, but I swear it is TRUE. I bought a dozen eggs once, and they WERE ALL DOUBLE YOLKS. I don’t know if they weeded them out of the general population and grouped them together on purpose, or if they all came from the same mutant chicken or what, but it FREAKED ME OUT. I think something sinister is associated with the double yolk, but I can’t remember what it was I had heard. But I was convinced death and/or destruction would befall me.

OK, I’m really bored so I did some searching.

According to an AOL chat log of, get this, the “Cake Decorating Chat Hour” featuring screen names like “Pwd Sugar” and “CakeStmper”, you treat the double yolked egg as if it were one egg and will probably get a “richer cake”

As far as chickens from double-yolk eggs, the embyros and the baby chicks are apparently bigger, but the effects eventually disappear later in life. Double yolked eggs do hatch only one chick though, as far as I can tell from this abstract.

According to this [egg"]]egg]( [url=" trivia site (yeah, I’m bored today), the largest single chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound with a double yolk and double shell.

Some folklore suggests that an egg with a double-yolk was said to indicate an imminent death in the family.

Finally, it is possible to deliberately collect a dozen double-yolked eggs. Go to the bottom of this page for more info.

Great. Now I’m bored and hungry.

Back off, man. I’m a scientist.

Oof. I laid an egg with those last three URLs.

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I think egg companies separate them out from the other eggs these days. You probably just got a bunch of double-yolks that was put in the wrong box. There was an ‘egg ranch’ we used to go to that sold cartons of double-yolks as a specialty item.

I haven’t found one in ages. I remember finding them regularly when I was a kid–you could usually tell when you had one because they have an unusual shape–a longer oval than regular eggs. But I haven’t run across one in a long time. That’s what makes me think they are being purposely sorted out.

I don’t know whether the other postings have answered the question to your satisfaction or not, MaryAnn, but if you’re still looking, here’s a nice place to ask that question: Cooking Tips.

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So, maybe they sell eggs with no yolks, which you can use to wash out the problem with those having two yolks. You know, like they sell donut holes.

Ray (Hey, that ain’t no yoke. No, don’t gimme a break.)

lack of double yolks mite have as much to do with practical genetics as well. egg producers( I won’t call um farmers) want the most eggs in the minimum time/cost and of a consistant size and maybe the double yolksters just got weeded out. There is also less need for double since mechanization.There are hardly any ox carts any more, thus no need for ox teams , thus no need for double yokes.

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A friend of mine has an egg factory outside of town with thousands of warehoused egg-layers (yes, he is a millionaire). We were partying at his place and he gave me a dozen double yolkers. They were bigger than normal eggs. I don’t know if he has a humanoid "candling " every egg produced but egg producers somehow check eggs. You don’t want some urbanite cracking an egg and having a half-developed chicken fetus plopping into the frypan. On the other hand monitored non-free range chickens aren’t going to get their eggs fertilized.
The big buyers - the food store chains - want consistency and the eggs must be sorted (small, medium, large) and double yolkers would be unprofessional. The consumer wants consistency. My friend did say that his bulk customers didn’t want double yolkers. He sorts them out somehow and probably sells them to food manufacturers for bulk ingredient use.

In a recipe calling for the yolks only, it counts as two. A recipe calling for a whole egg only counts as one egg. Double the cholesteral.