Why There's an Egg Shortage & 10 Egg Substitutes to Use Instead

by Simplify

Have you been suffering from sticker shock at the grocery store lately? Thanks to the massive egg shortage affecting the country, eggs are at an all-time high of $9 per carton of eggs. So now, everyone is on the lookout for egg substitutes all of a sudden. And who can blame them?

Fortunately, Tawra, from Living on a Dime to Grow Rich, has all the answers you need to save some money at the checkout and still make the recipes you love.

Is there an egg shortage? Or is it just a scam to raise prices? Believe it or not, the egg shortage news you’ve been hearing is the real deal. In fact, it’s impacting every city and state in the US.

Why is there an egg shortage anyway? The simple answer is that there was a recent outbreak of bird flu which impacted countless farms and killed off millions of the country’s chickens.

This left consumers scrambling to pay exorbitantly higher prices at the store or find egg substitutes for baking and cooking purposes.

Why is there an egg shortage?

Okay, so what can I do about it then?

According to Tawra, there are 10 substitutes you can use today to avoid a higher grocery bill. She suggests using applesauce, mashed bananas, ground flaxseeds, commercial egg replacers, or silken tofu during the egg shortage.

If you don’t happen to have any of those on hand—or you find empty shelves in their place—you can also use vinegar and baking soda, yogurt or buttermilk, arrowroot powder, nut butters, or carbonated water.

Egg shortage substitutes

Still feeling unsure of which egg substitutes will work best for your favorite recipe during the country-wide egg shortage? Tawra says a bonus product you can use in place of eggs is gelatin. To find out how much of each product to use, follow along with Tawra’s advice.

For more frugal ideas, discover these minimalist home hacks or these 8 budget-friendly decorating tips.

To see more videos, check out the Living On a Dime to Grow Rich YouTube channel.

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  • Angela Angela on Feb 02, 2023

    Chia gel (Chia seeds, soaked in water) can also be used as an egg substitute, particularly in baked goods. Grind the Chia seeds in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle so that you have 1 tablespoon. To this add 3 tablespoons of water and let sit just until it becomes gelatinous. Use right away. Ground flaxseed also works very much the same way but needs to sit a bit longer in the liquid.

    These measurements give you the equivalent of one egg.