Eggs can be scrambled, fried, boiled and baked. They’re not just a quintessential brunch food, but they can be enjoyed any time of day, as a dinner or even a filling snack.
Because eggs are such a versatile ingredient, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with choices when it comes to preparing them—and trying out a new style of cooking eggs doesn’t always end well. So we’ve scoured the web for the best hacks so you’ll never have to worry about dropping an egg shell in the mix again.
FISH OUT AN EGGSHELL
Even if this sounds counterintuitive, the least stressful method of fishing out a tiny egg shell is to use another egg shell. Dip the other half of a sizeable egg shell into the mix and scoop out the smaller piece. Please, use this tip with caution though as egg shells can sometimes carry germs, which are typically killed by cooking eggs. Try cracking eggs on a flat surface (rather than on the side of the bowl), which tends to reduce the amount of smaller shell fragments.
BAKE EGGS INSTEAD OF BOILING THEM
If you aren’t satisfied with the way your boiled eggs turn out, you may want to try a different method of cooking. Alton Brown recommends baking eggs instead of boiling them. Brown says that baked eggs have a creamier texture.
OR STEAM EGGS INSTEAD OF BOILING THEM
Steaming eggs is much quicker than boiling them because there is no need to wait for a full pot of water to bubble, assures ParentHacks.com. You’ll only need to wait for one to two inches to boil, then cover the pot to steam the eggs. For hard boiled eggs with a dry yolk, this should take around 11 to 12 minutes.
SHAPE FRIED EGGS
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SOFT AND HARD BOILED EGG TIMES
Soft and hard boiled eggs can be tricky. It’s very easy to over cook or under cook soft boiled eggs, depending on how you like them. According to Bon Appetit:
- Boil for three to six minutes for a very runny egg yolk.
- Boil for seven to nine minutes for a pretty soft yolk.
- Boil for eleven to thirteen minutes for a solid egg yolk.
FLIP OMELETS IN A PANINI PRESS
Flipping omelets can be messy business. Luckily, Alton Brown has figured out how to make an omelet in a panini press to avoid the mess altogether. The panini press can cook a bacon and egg omelet without the hassle of flipping.
MAKE EGG CASSEROLE IN A CROCK POT
Waking up to a tasty brunch is as easy as tossing hash browns, sausage and eggs into a Crock Pot. You can cook the eggs on low overnight for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
USE A SIEVE WHEN POACHING EGGS
Get a perfectly poached egg by cracking it first into a sieve and allowing the watery parts to drain before dumping the remainder into your simmering water, shares Bon Appetit.
BLOW EGGS OUT OF THEIR SHELLS
Think you have to painstakingly peel hard boiled eggs? Think again! As Tim Ferriss demonstrates in this video, you need only crack the top and bottom of the egg on a table, remove the cracked pieces and then blow the hard boiled egg right out of its shell.
USE BAKING SODA
When making hard boiled eggs, add one teaspoon of baking soda to water for easy peeling.
SEPARATE EGG WHITES USING A TURKEY BASTER OR EMPTY WATER BOTTLE
An empty water bottle or the bulb of a turkey baster can pick up yolks right out of the egg white by creating suction.
MAKE SCRAMBLED EGGS IN THE MICROWAVE
Forget dirtying a pan! Beat eggs and a bit of milk in a cup or bowl and stick it in the microwave! You’ll have scrambled eggs in just two minutes without the mess.
Ever wonder why your scrambled eggs turn out flat? If they come out dry and crumbly, and totally unappetizing, you’ll want to watch the video above.
Getting fluffy scrambled eggs has everything to do with the technique you’re using to cook them. You may not be preparing them correctly before you even start cooking, and you could be cooking them at the wrong temperature. Learn this trick to get scrambled eggs right every time!
In the video above, three eggs are used. First, make sure you really whisk the eggs together so there is no separation between the yolks and the whites, and season with salt and pepper so that it’s evenly distributed throughout the eggs. Then, you want to add a tablespoon of butter to the pan and add the eggs on low heat (the temperature is super important, and you can add the eggs before the butter is done melting).
With a rubber spatula, you want to slowly pull the egg that’s getting cooked in from the sides of the pan toward the middle, which will create a fluffy egg. (Don’t stir too much or you’ll get dried out eggs.)
Now, you need to know when to pull them off the heat. They’ll continue to cook after you remove them, so take them off just before they’re done cooking.