An improperly cooked egg can be a serious mood damper. For the people who have been fortunate to never have an under-cooked or rubbery egg, they may be wondering what the point in having a well-cooked egg is.
While you may think that the only ways to eat an egg is to boil, cook and fry, you’d be surprised that there are some other pretty interesting says you never knew you could cook an egg.
More so, after reading this article, you just may realise that you’ve been frying and hard-boiling your egg the wrong way all your life. Here are a few basic cooking techniques and hacks for the discerning mind that will serve as a guide on how to have a cooked egg in six unique ways.
This seems like the simplest thing to do but a number of things can go wrong especially since the eggs are cooked in their shells and there’s no way to check whether it is done or not. Overcooking the eggs can cause the shells to crack and resultant leakage of the egg white into the boiled water. This will result in a loss of the delicious parts of the egg.
To cook a suitable soft-boiled egg, bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Carefully lower the eggs into the water and cook for five to seven minutes. For hard-boiled egg, place the egg in a saucepan and submerge it in cold water. Then place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for eight to ten minutes, then drain and cool before peeling.
Fried eggs are a staple in most homes. Wanting a fried egg however has several interpretations ranging from over-easy and over-hard eggs to sunny-side up. If you opt to have a sunny-side up, it means you want the egg white cooked completely while frying it only on one side, leaving the egg yolk soft and runny. Over-easy and over-hard are cooked pretty much the same way as sunny-side up except that the egg has to be flipped.
Cooking an over-easy or over-hard eggs simply entails melting two tablespoons of butter in a frying pan. Break the egg in a small bowl, and slip into the pan. Immediately reduce the heat and cook until the whites begin to set. Once the yolk is beginning to thicken, flip the egg over and wait for the egg yolk to completely set before removing from the pan.
They are not that popular but can come in handy when you want to cook for a large amount of people at once. Baked eggs can be baked in avocado pears or tomatoes and they offer endless possibilities.
Start off by breaking an egg in a small dish, and then slip the egg into any suitable vessel such as a ramekin. Pre-heat the oven before putting the eggs inside and bake until the whites have completely set, leaving the egg yolk soft.
This will usually take between ten to twelve minutes and once it’s done, you can sprinkle pepper or salt on it for good taste.
Poaching eggs can be quite daunting, but once you learn how to poach, you’ll see that it’s quite simple. Start this off by bringing a medium-sized pot of water to a steady simmer. If you like, you can add a tint of vinegar to help prevent the egg from coagulating.
Proceed to crack an egg in a bowl. Use a spoon. To stir the water to create a whirlpool. The motion will ensure that the golden colour of the yolk is retained. Proceed to slip the egg into the water. Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Allow the egg to cook for at least five minutes. Remove the egg with a spoon and you have your poached Eggs.
Scrambled Eggs is different from normal eggs simply through the addition of cream or milk which not only increases the volume but also makes them smoother. Whisk together a mixture of milk or cream, salt, pepper and the eggs. Proceed to melt two tablespoons of butter in a frying pan over medium heat, then pour in the egg mixture. Once the eggs begin to set, stir them gently while you constantly them and dish them when they look like soft curds.
Omelette are not much different from scrambled Eggs. Follow the same preparation mode as you would scrambled Eggs. After pouring the eggs in the frying pan, wait for the eggs to begin pulling away from the sides of the pan. The minute that happens, push the eggs towards the centre. Wait for the surface of the eggs to thicken and when there is no liquid left before folding the omelette in half. Proceed to remove and enjoy your meal.