A Cured Egg Yolk Recipe for Preserving

Learn to Make Your Own Salted Egg Yolks

by Stephanie Thurow
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A cured egg yolk recipe is perfect if you’re wondering what to do with egg yolks. It’s a great addition to your recipe book when eggs are in season and abundant or to stretch end-of-the-season eggs just a bit longer.

A Cured Egg Yolk Recipe

Some people find that a salted cured egg yolk has an umami-like taste that is similar to Parmesan or mature gruyere cheese and we can certainly see the similarities both in taste and texture. They can be grated over pasta or sliced and added to meals that need more depth and saltiness.

Yield: 6 egg yolks


  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups salt
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (more, as needed)

Cured Egg Yolk Preparation

Pour salt into a bowl and make a small well for each egg yolk.

Crack the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. (Save the whites to make pasta dough, meringue or drinks.) Gently pour the egg yolks into the wells and carefully cover with salt.

Cover with a loose-fitting lid or beeswax cloth, and leave in the fridge for a few days.

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Remove the egg yolks. Gently brush the salt off and wash them in apple cider vinegar. Dry them until they are completely dry. This can be done by hanging the eggs in cheesecloth in the fridge for a week, putting them overnight in the oven at 120°F or in a food dehydrator for an hour.

Store egg yolks in a sterilized airtight jar for up to one month.

Heirloom Skills Book Review

This recipe comes from Heirloom Skills – A Complete Guide to Modern Homesteading, written by Anders Rydell and Alva Herdevall. It was recently translated from Swedish to English and published in America. This is fortunate for us This book, without a doubt, has held my interest more than any book has in a very long time.

I’m partial to the topic of traditional living because I also write about heirloom skills and I find it fascinating to learn about the methodology of other people, especially people from across the globe.

In this book, Rydell and Herdevall write about chicken-keeping, raising bees, growing vegetables, food preservation, flower arranging, DIY beauty products and herbal medicine. They also go on to teach how to make sourdough bread, how to compost and how to keep ducks. There is even a chapter on beer and hops. This book is packed with great how-to instructions, delicious recipes, and plenty of colorful and helpful photos.

This recipe has been shared from Heirloom Skills with permission from Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

This cured egg yolk recipe article was written for Hobby Farms magazine online. Click here to subscribe.

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