Goose eggs can be cooked in the same ways and chicken eggs. They’re delicious and big, around three times the size of a chicken egg. There is a lot more yolk in a goose egg compared to the white, which is thick and gelatinous. Goose eggs are great for using in all kinds of recipes, but are more expensive than hens eggs.
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What is the Best Way to Cook Goose Eggs?
Goose eggs can be cooked in a variety of ways. On their own, you can scramble, boil, poach or steam them.
They are good for both savory and sweet dishes, they make great omelets, quiches, and Spanish tortillas. You can also use them in place of chicken eggs in cakes and other baked goods.
If you like making your own pasta or egg noodles, the huge yolks are perfect for helping you to achieve a great flavor, and the protein-rich whites give the perfect elastic texture.
Are Goose Eggs Good to Cook With?
Goose eggs are higher in fat than chicken eggs and often have a slightly richer flavor. The whites are thicker than the whites in hens’ eggs.
Geese tend to be kept as free-range birds and are grazing animals, so they eat a lot of grass and tender plants. It is this that gives the eggs their rich taste and the yolk its bright yellow color.
You can swap out chicken eggs for goose eggs in any recipe. Just remember that you’ll need to adjust the volume, as a goose egg is usually about three times the size of a hen’s egg.
Geese do vary in size, and young geese lay smaller eggs than older ones, so you’ll need to use a bit of judgment. To make it easier, you can pour your egg into a cup. As a guide, a single chicken egg measures ¼ cup.
If you use goose eggs for baking a cake, keep in mind that they have a proportionally larger yolk to white ratio than a hens egg. For this reason, if you want to keep cakes from becoming too heavy, you can always add the white of a chicken egg to help balance things up.
How to Hard Boil Goose Eggs?
Before you start to boil your eggs, first, you need to get them clean.
Because geese like water, they tend to walk around in mud quite a lot. Their large webbed feet get very dirty, and they do tend to stand on their eggs quite a lot which makes them really dirty.
You may think the best way of cleaning your eggs would be to wash them in hot water, but many disagree, saying that hot water will actually open up the pores of the egg and allow the bacteria from the dirt you’re trying to wash off to enter through the shell and get into the egg.
What you should do instead is use room temperature water and some baking soda. The baking soda acts like an abrasive and helps shift the dirt off the surface of the eggshell.
Just wet a clean scouring sponge in water, wring it out and dip it in some baking soda. Then work it over the egg to remove the dirt before washing the egg off in warm water under the tap.
When the eggs are clean and you’re ready to boil them, put them into cold water and place them over medium heat. Start the timer when the water starts boiling, not when you put the pan on the stove.
Some people like to add a couple of pinches of salt and a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water to help make peeling the eggs easier, but with goose eggs, I haven’t really found that this helps as the shells are so thick.
Instead, try putting the boiled eggs into a bowl of ice for five minutes as that seems to work quite well.
How Long Does it Take to Hard Boil a Goose Egg?
Many websites say that it takes 13 to 15 minutes to hard boil a goose egg. They are wrong!
The shell of a goose egg is much thicker than a chickens, the yolk is also a lot larger and this means that although you may think just multiplying the time it would take to hard boil a chicken egg by three should be enough, it isn’t.
Experience dictates that it takes more like 25 to 30 minutes to get a proper hard-boiled goose egg. This does, of course, depend on factors such as the size of the egg.
Young geese and smaller goose breeds lay smaller eggs. But older geese and larger breeds such as the Toulouse lay big eggs.
Some people prefer to steam goose eggs rather than boil them, and it will take about 30 minutes of steaming to achieve a fully-cooked yolk.
Can You Fry a Goose Egg?
Absolutely, fried goose eggs are great. They also make amazing French toast. Here is a video showing how to fry your goose eggs.
Many people have never eaten goose eggs because they simply aren’t available in most food stores. The best places to find them are at farmers’ markets or by raising your own geese if you have a homestead with a bit of land and no close neighbors. This is because geese can be pretty noisy at times!
Geese only lay their eggs during their reproductive season and not all year around. They also lay far fewer eggs than hens, on average around 40 a year in spring. This means that goose eggs are quite a lot more expensive to buy than chicken eggs.
Cooking goose eggs isn’t really any different from cooking chicken eggs. It just takes a bit longer due to their larger size. Taste-wise they are pretty comparable, but the white is thicker and the yolk much larger.
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