13 Oct How to Beat Egg Whites

Cooking Tips

How to Beat Egg Whites

13 October 2020

PREP. TIME: 5 min  

Depending on the recipe you are using you may need foamy egg whites; soft, billowy mounds or stiff peaks.  Follow the instructions below for how to get the best egg whites every time.

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Eggs are easier to separate when cold.

Egg whites beaten at room temperature become billowy, voluminous, and more stable.

Avoid making meringues, pavlovas or Souffle on humid days - the humidity may cause them to sink - before, during or after baking.

If you have a jar full of egg whites in the fridge or freezer and no clue how many eggs you have in there : 30g of white only = approximately 1 large egg


Pavlova; Meringue; Souffle; Frying batter; Royal Icing; Lightening an Omelette or Whipped Cream


Egg Whites


A stand mixer with a balloon whisk


A mixing bowl and whisk


Step 1

Beat at Medium speed until foaming - approximately 1 minute

Step 2

Increase the speed to Medium - High for approximately 1 minute for soft, billowy, mounds.

(If adding sugar - as for a meringue or pavlova, do this at this point.  Keep the motor running and add the sugar - a tablespoon at a time.  Whip until all of the sugar is dissolved before adding any more and so on).

Step 3 

Whip at high speed for another 1 -2 minutes for stiff peaks.

(If making meringue or pavlova - the addition of a mixture of cornflour and vinegar to the egg whites at this stage will further help stabilise the egg whites when baking.  Check your recipe for quantities - be sure to combine well).

If using flavourings such as rose water - add at this stage and combine well.



Elizabeth Peddey

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