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Cooking Without Eggs

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 6/29/2011

If you are trying to reduce your use of animal products then you may want to try out these egg substitutes. They are all natural and environmentally safe.

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    Cutting Out The Farms

    Depending on where you see the main causes of environmental degradation you are going to choose what to change in your own lifestyle. For many there is a growing desire to avoid the corporate farm machine as much as possible, and they are cutting out animal products beyond meat. Eggs are a commonly used product that seems to be in a large number of our average recipes. Here are a few alternatives to using eggs that you can try out if you are trying to reduce or eliminate your dependence on factory farming.

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    Egg Substitutes

    Since eggs themselves are used for so many different things there are a number of different alternatives to eggs. Many organic markets make available egg replacer cocktails made from a number of vegan ingredients. They can come in a powder or liquid, and often are a great solution for things like baking.

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    Tofu

    When baking tofu can act as a great substitute, where a quarter cup of well stirred tofu equals one egg. If you are doing this you are going to need to act a third of a teaspoon (or more) teaspoons of baking powder. Tofu is also a great replacement for eggs in a variety of breakfast scrambles and casserole.

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    Flax

    Flax seeds can be a great supplement for eggs in a variety of situations. Three tablespoons of finally chopped flax seeds equals about one egg when baking. The best way to do this is to take the seeds and mix a third of a cup of unchopped flax seeds and water slowly in a blender. Blend it, then let it sit until it is very thick.

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    Fruit

    Applesauce is also a great choice for baking and you can use a quarter of a cup instead of an egg. You will also have to add some more baking powder, and possibly some vegetable rennet. This will sweeten up the good quite a bit so make sure it is used only in recipes that already employ a fair amount of sugar. The same is true if you use a banana, where a half of a banana will match an egg.

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    Other Alternatives

    You can try mixing a tablespoon of psyllium husks with twice as much water you can make a comparative alternative. Soy flour can also be used by mixing it with a variable amount of water.