Friday, October 24, 2008

Egg tips

Remember a couple weeks ago I told you that I was asked to sign up for BzzAgent's Rediscover Eggs campaign?

There is some great info on the Egg Lovers' site.

For example, here are some helpful tips on how to do an egg cooked in the shell:

* Use eggs that have been in the refrigerator the longest; the less fresh the egg, the easier it is to peel.

* If desired, the large end of the eggs can be pricked with a pin or an egg piercer prior to cooking. This step is not essential but some cooks feel it helps prevent the eggs from cracking.

* Rapid cooling after cooking helps prevent a greenish ring from forming around the yolk.

* To hard-cook an egg quickly for Egg Salad, crack it into a poacher or microwave egg cooker and cook until the yolk is cooked. Immerse in cold water for rapid cooling, if desired; drain well.

* To determine whether an egg is hard-cooked, spin it. If it spins smoothly and rapidly, it is hard-cooked. If it wobbles and spins slowly, it is raw.

* Keep hard-cooked eggs refrigerated and use them within a week.

Soft-Cooked Eggs ~ Place cold eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) cold water over top of the eggs. Bring water quickly to a boil over high heat. Immediately cover the saucepan and remove from the heat to stop boiling. Let eggs stand in the water, covered, for about 3½ minutes for large eggs. Remove eggs from the water. Place in an egg cup. Slice off one end and eat with a spoon.

Hard-Cooked Eggs ~ Place cold eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) cold water over top of the eggs. Bring water quickly to a boil over high heat. Immediately cover the saucepan and remove from the heat to stop boiling. Let eggs stand in water, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes for large eggs. Drain water and immediately run cold water over eggs until cooled.

Peeling Hard-Cooked Eggs ~ Crackle shell all over. Roll egg between your hands to loosen the shell. Or hold egg under cold running water or dip egg in a bowl of water to help ease off the shell. Begin peeling at the wide end of the egg where the air cell is located.

2 comments:

Sue said...

These are good tips! I am definitely an egg for breakfast type :)

Tina said...

i love eggs. i recently tried free range instead of normal. now i wont go back! cool tips!