With an impressive amount of protein and a wide variety of uses, the egg has become a staple of many a breakfast dish. In fact, eggs have been a source of food for living creatures as far back as history is recorded. Looking for tips on preparing these timeless classics? Read on for five ways to make a perfect egg.
It can be tricky to perfect a hard-boiled egg. Luckily, there are many simple tips and tricks for getting it just right.
- Use older eggs to ensure they separate easily from the shell once cooked.
- You want to use a fast, roiling boil (so hot that bubbles are rising rapidly and you can hear the sound of the water boiling), not just a simmer.
- Place the eggs in an ice bath until cooled. This will ensure they don't have that unseemly gray skin around the yolk.
A good scrambled egg can be a great start to the day. In order to make a perfect scramble, try these techniques:
- Heat a generous amount of butter in your pan to add a great flavor.
- Crack the eggs directly into the skillet, as opposed to whisking them ahead of time.
- Use a rubber spatula to break the yolks, and slowly fold the eggs as they heat.
- Try adding a drop of creme fraiche or Greek yogurt to lighten them up and add a slight tang!
Whether on its own or over an English muffin, a poached egg is a delightful and delectable breakfast treat, with a touch of class. Try this poach approach!
- Use fresh eggs for a perfectly tight poach -- older eggs tend to separate much more easily.
- Add a generous amount of white or rice vinegar to your pot of water to help the egg come together quickly.
- Don't bring the water to a full boil, as it will break the fragile egg apart! Instead, aim for a rapid simmer.
- Crack your egg ahead of time into a small bowl or ramekin, then gently shift it into the water from there to avoid a long, hard fall into the pot.
- Stir the simmering water until it has a moving whirlpool in the middle, then gently ease your egg into the "eye of the storm" to help it form correctly.
A good over-easy egg can be the perfect companion to a crunchy piece of toast. Get it just right with these tips:
- Like poaching, you don't want to break the eggs directly into your hot pan. Instead, carefully crack them into a small bowl and ease them onto the hot pan to avoid breaking the yolk.
- There is no need to flip an over-easy egg. A best practice is to simply cover the pan with a lid so the heat moves over the top of the yolk. More seasoned cooks can try to move the hot butter or oil over the yolk instead.
- Speaking of butter or oil -- be generous! Trying to lift a perfectly cooked egg off a pan that hasn't been greased enough is a recipe for disaster.
There's nothing like an omelet to get you going, especially one stuffed full of heart-healthy veggies. Here are some tricks for a perfect breakfast omelet:
- An omelet is one egg recipe that calls for whisking the eggs ahead of time. Beat your eggs with a little bit of milk for the perfect amount of fluffiness.
- Because the egg needs to cook enough to be folded over, make sure you generously grease your pan (or even use a nonstick pan) to avoid a breakfast catastrophe!
- While it can be tempting to include a multitude of fillings, try not to over-stuff the omelet. This can make the omelet difficult to fold over and lift from the pan.
Whether you like a soft, runny egg or a light, bright scramble for breakfast, cooking the perfect egg doesn't have to be hard! Use these tips for a great start to your day.