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# How many large eggs equal one extra large egg?

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In most recipes, one 'large' egg may be substituted for one 'extra large' egg, without any noticeable difference in the result. The same goes for 'medium' and 'jumbo' sizes.

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The classification of an egg size as 'large' is based on a minimum weight of 24 ounces, while 'extra large' eggs have a minimum weight of 27 ounces. When a recipe calls for an egg without specifying the size, it typically refers to the 'large' size, which is equivalent to about three tablespoons.

Only in recipes where precise proportions are key (such as sponge or angel's food cakes) should minor variation in quantities be of concern.

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To make a hard-boiled egg, the American Egg Board suggests placing one or more eggs into a pot of cold water, then bringing the water to a boil. As soon as the water boils, the heat can be turned off and the eggs allowed to sit in the hot water.

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It is advisable to eat no more than seven eggs per week, which averages out to about one egg per day. A large egg contains 186 milligrams of cholesterol, notes the Mayo Clinic. The daily recommended allowance of cholesterol is 300 milligrams in a healthy adult or 200 milligrams in an adult with heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes.

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In a standard recipe, the number of jumbo eggs equivalent to one large egg varies based on the total number of eggs being used. Substitute the sizes one for one in a recipe that calls for one egg. In recipes calling for two or more eggs, different equivalencies apply.