seeking Goose Egg recipes - meringue and lemon curd

Title says it all really. I have 5 goose eggs to play with and I love eating both meringue and lemon curd (espically this recipe ). Any reason why I can't make these out of goose eggs?

Since my geese lay eggs considerably larger than most recipes call for, I'm wondering how to convert the recipe? My geese lay large eggs even for geese, so one goose egg is roughly the same weight as a dozen large hen eggs. The shells are pretty thick, however, so I don't know what the contents are going to be like.

Or are there any goose egg specific recipes for meringues and lemon curd?



trampledbygeese March 9, 2016
For those of you that are curious, the eggs from my youngest goose, Chestnut (as in she was going to be christmas dinner as roast goose, roast chestnut, Chestnut, too lovely to eat) weigh 200g (give or take 10g) with shell. The eggs from an older goose (like chickens, goose eggs get larger as the bird ages) weighs 352g. Older goose (also known as White Quiet One) doesn't lay eggs very often due to her age (a domestic goose can live up to 100 years according to most hatcheries, but I have yet to live long enough yet to see it firsthand). I only have one egg from White quiet one this week.

Got some organic lemons, with luck I'll have a chance to make lemon curd tonight. I want to try this one, but not sure how many goose eggs to use: Maybe just the large one.
mt G. March 8, 2016
Trampled by geese. I so enjoy reading your posts!
trampledbygeese March 7, 2016
CV, I'm sorry to have caused you such distress, although it is good to see someone so passionate about eggs. As a farmer on a small family farm, it is inspiring to see people care about their food.

I'm not certain what you mean by weighing by the dozen, perhaps this is an industrial method of grading eggs, but not a homestead style. It's actually a very simple process. Once the eggs are washed and inspected, they are weighed on an egg scale and sorted according to which weight range they fit in. As a passionate egg person, you know that chickens have many different sizes of eggs. A bantam can lay an egg the size of a quail egg, and a Brahma will lay one ranging from large to jumbo, or often off the standard egg scale. In the shop, I'm told, one will often see medium or large eggs, mostly because these are the size eggs produced by the kinds of chickens that lay a lot of eggs quickly - ie, are ideal to large scale egg operations. Because these eggs are so beautifully sorted, consumers forget what a broad range of sizes eggs naturally come in.

Geese have even more diverse range of size and shapes to their bodies and yes, even their eggs. I'm very surprised to see how limited the internet is when it comes to information about goose egg variation. There are several possible reasons why my geese lay large eggs. For a start, they are a much larger kind of goose than is standard. They are also not a goose breed for egg production. Another possible explanation is that they are of mixed parentage. Perhaps it is simply hybrid vigour. There are lots of other possibilities, but really how much do we want to get into goose genetics on a cooking site?

I'm raiding the nest tomorrow, so with any luck, I can find my camera and take some photos. I'm very curious to discover how much of the egg is shell and how much is well, yummy egg.

So now everyone else reading this thread knows more about eggs than they ever wanted to. Perhaps we could focus on recipes and deliciousness?

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sexyLAMBCHOPx March 8, 2016
TrampledbyGeese - I would love to know more about what you do, where you live, etc. It's fascinating. Would you ever consider writing something for the site to get to know you better & your culinary & farming experiences?
702551 March 7, 2016
Well, it just so happens that I happen to have some large eggs in my fridge and I weighed them. Six eggs = 363 g = 12.84 oz.

Your claim that one of your geese's eggs are equivalent to one dozen hen eggs is decidedly dubious. You are saying that your geese lay eggs that are 726 g or 25.68 ounces apiece.

I would love to see you post a photograph of one of these eggs with a chicken egg and a quarter for reference.
702551 March 7, 2016
Let's put your weight claim into perspective. You are saying that your goose egg weighs more that two 12-oz beers or the contents of a 750mL bottle of wine. I'd say that's pretty remarkable.

What are you feeding your geese?
trampledbygeese March 7, 2016
As I said earlier, I forgot to add the 'half' in front of 'dozen'. Thank you for catching that and providing me with an opportunity to clarify. Unfortunately there isn't a way to edit my earlier post. Your understanding in this matter is appreciated. I was simply so excited about finding a recipe that I missed that one little word. I'm sorry that it caused you distress.

Speaking about recipe - do you have any suggestions or personal experience working with goose eggs, or geese in general?
702551 March 7, 2016
First of all, I generally do not use recipes, so I'd pay little attention to such matters such as ingredient quantity conversion.

Also, my experience with duck and goose eggs is rather limited since pound-for-pound they are pricier than chicken eggs. I've mostly just fried duck and geese eggs, but thought of them more as a novelty than anything else, especially at their price points.
trampledbygeese March 7, 2016
No worries CV. I have way too much experience with growing eggs from many kinds of poultry, I often forget what it's like to talk with people who buy eggs. It's a whole different world. I appreciate your passion.
702551 March 7, 2016
I used to get fresh chicken eggs from a pal who raised chickens. Those were good eggs but the availability was never reliable since I only saw her sporadically. Now that she's retired and we only run into each other a few times a year, I accept the fact that I'll probably never get any more of her chickens' eggs.

There are three chicken ranchers at my local farmers market who sell eggs and I wasn't satisfied with any of their offerings after alternating between them for a couple of years.

Ultimately I gave up and resumed purchasing eggs from the grocery store.

It should be pointed out that recipes are written by authors who generally use commonly available commercial ingredients (like "large" eggs based on US FDA standards) so you will still need to do the arithmetic yourself if you want proper conversions from a written and tested recipe regardless of your experience with raising your own poultry.

No one writes recipes for unusually large goose eggs.
702551 March 7, 2016
My understanding is that eggs from quail, chickens, ducks and geese all have similar chemical properties (at least in culinary matters) and that they are interchangeable. Chicken eggs reign supreme in the kitchen largely because they are cheap (much of this has to do with the raising of chickens versus the other three birds).

I'm rather surprised by your claim that the egg from one of your geese is the same weight as a dozen chicken eggs.

Here's an NPR story comparing eggs from the four birds:

Note carefully that the goose egg -- while larger than the chicken and duck eggs -- is not twelve times heavier than a chicken egg. That would seem to be more in the realm of ostrich eggs.

I've purchased and used some duck eggs from my local farmers market. Yes, the shells are thicker than chicken eggs, but the eggs aren't remarkably different flavorwise from chicken eggs from the same farmer.
trampledbygeese March 7, 2016
I meant to write *half* dozen. Our goose eggs are approximately the same weight as a half dozen large chicken eggs. According to our egg scale the chickens lay large to jumbo eggs, but the scale doesn't go up high enough for our goose eggs - only going up as a high as 'goose'.

Looking at our eggs next to my friend's goose eggs, ours are three times as big, or bigger.

There are many breeds of geese, some prolific egg layers, some great for guarding and meat.
702551 March 7, 2016
Well, what is the average weight of an egg from one of your geese?

Here in the US, egg sizes are based on the weight of a dozen eggs (of similar sizes), not the weight of an individual egg. The definition of a dozen large eggs is 25 ounces, so the ones I bought at the grocery store labeled "large" are definitely within that range.

Ultimately, if you want an accurate conversion, you will have to crack them open and separate them. This eliminate the shell weight, plus any fluctuations between the proportion of yolk to white in the goose.

Anyhow, good luck.
702551 March 7, 2016
Weigh four empty bowls, then separate the goose egg into two of those. Crack open a large chicken egg, separate into two more bowls, then weigh.

Do the arithmetic, that's the only way to be sure since your geese are laying unusually large eggs.

Good luck.
trampledbygeese March 7, 2016
I found a meringue recipe that might work -

Do I have to do anything to compensate for the fact that they are goose eggs?
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