Generally, when a baking recipe calls for eggs without describing their size, they mean that you are supposed to use Large eggs. However, no one can guarantee that they’ll always be in stock when you need to buy them. So when this happens you need to improvise! Jumbo eggs and small eggs could easily be used to replace large eggs in your recipe as long as you know the right measurements. Take a look at our handy guide to learn more about the different egg sizes and how you can substitute them for each other!
1. Grade AA eggs/Jumbo
Jumbo eggs or Grade AA eggs are the biggest type of eggs and can be more than 20% larger than your normal Grade B eggs. They’re considered quite rare, but not as rare as peewee and small eggs. When substituting large eggs, just reduce the number of Jumbo eggs by 1. For example, if they asked for 3 large eggs you can use 2 jumbo eggs to replace it.
2. Grade A eggs/Extra large
To substitute a large egg, you can use the same amount of these extra large eggs, since they are only slightly bigger in size. Of course, your egg will be a little better in quality since it is a grade higher, which may be an added benefit.
3. Grade B eggs/Large
Large eggs have whites that are thinner and yolks that are flatter than eggs of higher grades. This grade is usually used for liquid, frozen, and dried egg products, and are the most commonly used in recipes.
4. Grade C eggs/Medium
Grade C eggs are actually commonly used in local eateries and restaurants due to their low cost. The shells are usually slightly stained and the egg whites are usually more watery than large eggs. To substitute large eggs, you can use the same amount of medium eggs or add one more since they are only slightly smaller in size.
5. Grade D eggs/Small
Small eggs or pullet eggs are the first eggs laid by hens when they are around 18 months old, which is why they are noticeably smaller. To substitute large eggs you need to add the number of eggs by one, so you can use 4 small eggs to replace 3 large ones. But of course, since we don’t see them often in stores, it may be better to substitute your large eggs with Grade A or AA ones instead.
6. Grade F eggs/Peewee
Peewee eggs are the smallest eggs and are relatively rare since they come from young hens. Since they’re hard to find, we don’t usually use them to substitute our large eggs, but they are included in our list so you could learn more about them!
Now you won’t need to worry about running out of large eggs anymore! With this knowledge, you can easily substitute them for your recipes. Hopefully, this can make your baking life a little more convenient! If you would love more tips and tricks to help with your baking, feel free to head here for some extra reading or join our community! We have many online and offline classes taught by experienced instructors that you can freely choose from. You can also visit our Facebook page to know more about us or leave us a question here if you have any inquiries!