Lana asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 4 weeks ago

will egg whites fluff up into meringue if a little yolk is in them?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    generally not...any kind of fat will inhibit the whites from beating up nicely which is why you are also told to use a glass or metal bowl because plastic often holds on to residual fat even after washed well.

  • denise
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    No, sometimes they wont fluff up if there's a speck of grease in the bowl!.

  • IvaB
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Nope................

  • 4 weeks ago

    no they will not whip up .At least to the point of being a meringue

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    No. You can't whip whites with any fat.

  • geezer
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Even the tiniest speck of yolk (or anything greasy) will stop egg whites from fluffing up into meringues properly when you whisk them.

    Always wash the bowl, and the whisk, and your hands, in hot soapy water just before you make meringues (I also wipe the bowl and whisk and my hands with lemon juice too)

    and then crack the eggs open one at a time into another container first .. so that if you break the 3rd yolk (for example) you haven't 'spoiled' the other 2 egg whites

    and the best way to separate an egg (without risking breaking the yolk) is to crack it open into the palm of your CLEAN hand and then let the white pour out through your fingers.

  • 4 weeks ago

    According to recipes, no.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Not as well.  Yolk tends to solidify at low temperatures; so while the whites are still fluid and mixing with the air, the yolk will have already hardened and make the meringue lumpy.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Depends on how little you mean. I speck? Sure. A full on drop? Probably not. The key to fluffing up meringue is not having ANYTHING else in the bowl; no water, yolk, anything. The egg whites must be pure. 

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