Learn to Cook: Boiled Eggs opens in a new tabEggs are a pretty nifty food. They’re filled with protein and vitamins, budget-friendly, and can be used in so many different ways that it’s hard to get tired of these sunny (side up) wonders.
From creating creamy sauces to adding lift in a soufflé, eggs truly are incredible. There’s a lot of information out there about these versatile staples, and your brain might get scrambled trying to remember it all, but we’ve got the key tips.
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Aside from adding to other recipes, eggs are delicious with basic preparation. Here are our favorite methods.
Boiled eggs are cooked in the shell in boiling or simmering water.
- Boil older eggs first, as fresher eggs are harder to peel.
- To make it easier to remove the shell, immerse in cold water as soon as the eggs are removed from the heat. Try Learn to Cook: Boiled Eggs.
Poached eggs are cooked by breaking the egg into simmering water with a touch of vinegar added. The vinegar helps to keep the white around the yolk, making a perfectly poached egg possible. Try Learn to Cook: Poached Eggs opens in a new tab.
Baked eggs can be cooked whole in a prepared baking dish or scrambled and combined with extras as part of frittata or strata. Try Learn to Cook: Frittata opens in a new tab.
Fried eggs are prepared out of the shell in a shallow pan with a touch of added fat to prevent sticking. Fry the freshest eggs so they keep their shape in the pan.
Scrambled eggs must be cracked and whisked together to combine the egg white and yolk.
- Whisk eggs with a splash of water for light and fluffy results.
- Stirring constantly at a lower temperature will result in smaller curds and a creamier texture, while stirring less frequently allows the eggs to cook in larger curds and the resulting eggs will be firmer in texture.
Omelets start as scrambled eggs but are carefully cooked in a flat plan then rolled or folded around a filling before serving. Try: Cauliflower and Parsley Omelet for Two opens in a new tab.
Soufflés consist of separated eggs and are lightened by folding whipped egg whites into the batter. Try: Mushroom and Spinach Breakfast Puffs opens in a new tab.
To make pickled eggs, soak peeled, hard boiled eggs in a briny solution. Chop the eggs for salads or keep them on hand for snacking. Try our recipe for Pickled Eggs opens in a new tab.
Deviled eggs are a picnic favorite, made with a variety of fillings and toppings, the most basic being mayonnaise and paprika. Try Chickpea Deviled Eggs opens in a new tab for a twist.
How do you enjoy eggs? Share your favorite cooking techniques in the comments section below.
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