Eggs are one of the most versatile things to have in your kitchen. Without doing too much, you can enjoy them in more ways than one anytime of the day. Whether for breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack, someone is cracking an egg open today, which is why we are bringing you the following quick tricks and tips.
When egg shells break into egg mix
This has probably happened to just about anyone who has cracked an egg into a bowl. Try as you may those tiny bits of the egg shell that fall into the mix are almost impossible to remove. Most folks use their their finger for a good 60 seconds before attempting with a spoon but for some reason, they only end up wasting a good portion of the egg or achieve nothing. The easiest way to get a broken bit of eggshell out of the egg is to use the eggshell itself. Yes, the empty half of an eggshell is the best tool to get the impossible task done. For some reason, the broken piece is drawn to the rest of the shell; it’s almost magnetic.
Testing the freshness of an egg
Eggshells are quite porous, which means they have tiny slits that allow air to get into the egg. Over time, eggs that have a lot of air in them become less desirable for consumption. Because eggs don’t change colour or rot, you are likely to receive an unfortunate surprise when you crack open an egg that’s gone past its shelf life. In order to know if your eggs are still edible, here’s what to do:
- Place egg in a bowl of water
- If the egg lays on its side at the bottom, it is still quite fresh
- If the egg stands upright on the bottom, it is still fine to eat but should be eaten soon or hard-boiled.
- If the egg floats to the top, it is past its prime and not good for eating.
Easy way to peel a boiled egg
Have you ever had a hard boiled egg that’s practically impossible to peel? If yes, it is likely you had a fresh egg which tends to crack into tiny bits making the peeling process very tedious. To ensure that the eggshell comes off easily after the egg is boiled, use week-old eggs or store eggs in a fridge. This way, the shell breaks off in large portions as opposed to the tiny pieces you don’t want to see.
The secret to a good poached egg
Making poached eggs can be quite tricky. You are expecting the egg white and yolk to keep a rounded shape in boiling water without its shell casing. Most people add a teaspoon of vinegar to the boiling water and initiate a little whirlpool to keep the egg in a confined part of the pan. Though this works, it is not the most ideal for getting the perfectly rounded shape. A better way to do this is to soak the eggs you intend to poach in white vinegar several minutes before cracking your egg into the pan of boiled water. This will ensure that the egg whites keep a consistent shape.
Getting a perfectly shaped fried egg
While making fried eggs might be easy, achieving them in a perfect shape is a different story. Depending on how much the egg runs in the pan, they always take on a funny shape.To get a perfectly rounded fried egg, you can use an onion ring. Yes, an onion ring formed from a large onion is perfect to give you that disc shape and because onions taste great when they are golden fried, your eggs will have an extra burst of flavour. Simply place the onion ring in a preheated pan and pour your egg mixture right in the middle of it. An onion ring-fried egg fits perfectly in sandwiches, and are great way to make Saturday morning breakfast servings more exciting.
So there you have it, 5 amazing tips for the next time you’re in the kitchen and think of making anything that involves an egg. Happy cooking.
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