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Goose eggs – all you need to know + a delicious salad!

Posted on August 28, 2013 by in eggs, rsg

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Goose eggs are almost as impossible to get hold of as the proverbial wild goose, hence sending someone on a wild goose chase for something! My first encounter with goose eggs was last year when I bought two of them at Giovannis in Green Point  and I served mine on  a delicious wheat risotto and the other egg was cooked to perfection by Anel Potgieter using the sous vide method!

Goose eggs are very scares and until recently I did not know why! A saying that I have never heard before also refers to these eggs being so scares so if you are losing a game you might very well find “nothing but goose eggs next to your name!” As I have mentioned, it was only recently, after chasing from pillar to post after goose eggs that someone finally had the guts to tell me: ” Mam, you will find geese only lay eggs in August!”  Let me tell you it is worth the hunt, these eggs are so rich and delicious and you will forget the trouble you had getting them!

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I found a few very interesting facts about goose eggs:

– geese lay their eggs in Spring so in South Africa it would be around August and September

– geese lay most of their eggs in the morning and collection should be at least 4 times a day.

– geese lay a clutch of 5 – 6 eggs and then starts to incubate them!

– geese choose a partner when they are just 3 years old and they stay with that partner forever. Together they raise new families every year. If one of the mates die, the other will wait for years before finding a new partner or sometimes even stay alone until they die!

– goose eggs are huge and the equivalent of up to 4 normal eggs

– they are richer and more flavorful with a vibrant yellow yolk, because a large part of their diet comes from foraged food

– when using goose eggs for baking, be aware that the big yolks can make your cake dense and moist and you can fix that by adding an extra egg white!

– to see whether the egg has an embrio in it, take the egg into a dark room and shine a candle or flashlight through it. If  there is an embryo forming, it will have veins and possibly even the shape of an embryo!

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Cooking times for goose eggs:

Soft-boiled Eggs

To soft-boil the eggs, simply place it in boiling water for 7 – 8 minutes. The yolks will be runny in the center and soft around the edges. My eggs in the salad, was boiled for exactly 8 ½ minutes so my whites were a little firmer!

Hard-boiled eggs

To hard-boil the eggs, the eggs must be placed in boiling water and boiled for 14-15 minutes. Although the yolk will never become completely hard like a boiled chicken egg, the white will be very firm!

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Goose Egg and Bacon Salad

serves 2


2 goose eggs

6 rashers of bacon

250 g green beans – lightly steamed or 6 baby tomatoes

2 big handfuls of fresh salad leaves

2 thick slices ciabatta

40 ml lemon-infused olive oil

salt and pepper

serve with Balsamic Salad Dressing, recipe here!


First make the croutons. Slice the bread into small cubes ( 1,5 x 1,5 cm). Place in a plastic bag with the lemon-infused olive oil and some salt and pepper. Shake the bag so that each piece of bread is coated with olive oil. Heat a pan on the stove top and fry the croutons to crispy goodness. Cool and keep ready! Now, fry the bacon however you would normally do it. Either in a pan, or on a baking sheet in the oven or in the Philips Airfryer!  Boil the goose eggs as per the instructions above and peel. To assemble your salad, place the salad leaves on two plates and top with the tomatoes, croutons and bacon. Lastly slice the eggs in two halves and place on top of the salad and serve with the salad dressing!

For a delicious breakfast idea: Toast a piece of bread, top with some delicious sauteed mushrooms and serve with a oozing poached egg on top. Here is how you poach a goose egg!

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 Tomorrow morning just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be  back in my seat at RSG studios, sharing this easy recipe with you! Get ready to be amazed! I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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8 Responses to “Goose eggs – all you need to know + a delicious salad!”

  1. Zirkie 31 August 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Nog nooit dit gekook nie! Waar het jy dit die keer gekry? Dankie vir die inligting!

  2. Vanesssa 11 April 2014 at 11:58 am #


    Where can we find goose eggs in Gauteng? I doubt I’ve seen them anywhere.

    I will wait for August lol!

  3. Ross 12 October 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    This is crazy! I have owned geese for years and they lay whenever. I live in the southern USA and disagree with most of the info on this page.

  4. Spike Jones 14 January 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    Just had my first two goose eggs a few minutes ago! They are very tasty and quite a bit bulkier than the average large or even jumbo chicken eggs. It appeared to be the equivalent of 8 or nine regular chicken eggs. They were layed in the Cayman Islands where a friend has four of them. The whites were more translucent than chicken eggs, and the got slightly over cooked at the nine minutes I saw on average in the many articles I read. Next time it will be 71/2 or 8 minutes, assuming I can get some more!! YUM!!

    • nerinatimm 17 January 2017 at 6:29 am #

      Wow, interesting story, those goose eggs sound huge. Keep me posted!

    • Jamie 12 March 2017 at 2:26 am #

      You can get goose eggs here
      Silver Valley Farms
      Gettysburg PA

  5. Redbrew 5 February 2020 at 8:46 pm #

    Geese are wonderful pets and interesting barn yard birds! We have our first set of 3 goslings, now almost a year and they have just started laying (this week!). Geese have a laying ‘season’, usually spring (ours are early but our winter is a bit warmer than usual). Of our three, the eggs are about the size and quantity of 3 large chicken eggs. They are porportionately large, so same amount of yoke to white you would expect (our tiny chickens in comparison lay eggs with huge yolks and very little white). Surprisingly, our eggs have virtually no taste compared to our tasty chicken eggs. We are thinking that is because the geese are young and not foraging as much due to frozen, snow covered ground. Today we are trying them hard boiled. Thanks for the hints! My spouse is from SA ;0).

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