This week's reader's question is: Can you use a product like "just egg whites" to make meringues instead of cracking and separating eggs? You can use egg white products to make meringues, but be sure to read the carton and make sure that the product you are using contains egg whites and nothing else. Another good substitute for a fresh egg white is dried egg whites or meringue powder, it can be stored on a shelf and is pasteurized so is safe to use in uncooked applications such as royal icing. Egg white products are fine to use in baking but do not try using egg substitutes. Although they may be predominately made from egg whites, they may contain oil and other spices or ingredients inappropriate for making meringues. Make sure you read the label of whatever you are using. Don't forget to sign up to have the foodie-file delivered directly to your e-mail inbox, I have three more cookbooks to give away!