Feeding a family can be very expensive and requires a lot of creativity to bring nutritious and appetizing meals to the table. An egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein, so it is an excellent protein option. Also, eggs are extremely affordable. However, the quality and cooking of your egg can have a huge impact on the quality of your meal. Here are several ways to find out if your egg is safe to eat and different ways to cook it.
1. Check if your eggs are still good
Take a small container and fill it with water. Carefully insert the eggs into the water. If the egg rises on its sharp little end, it is a sign that the egg is no longer as fresh as before. If it falls to the side, you can eat it without any problem.
2. Are you able to see which egg is healthy?
People say that the colour and shape of egg yolks can tell you something about the health of the hen. The consensus is that the firmer, darker and rounder the egg yolk is, the happier the hen that laid it. Well, scientific research has been done to solve this mystery.
3. What causes colour variation?
The fact that egg yolks are of different colours does not say anything about the health or lifestyle of the hen or the health of the egg yolk. All it reveals is what the hen had eaten before she laid the egg.
4. The colours explained
If the food consumed by the chicken was rich in wheat, the egg yolk would be yellow. If the chicken had a more balanced diet (corn and alfalfa), the yellow will be darker. This is due to the carotene contained in alfalfa and corn.
Do you think the colour of egg yolk affects the nutritional value or taste of eggs? Well, no, no. Egg yolks all contain vitamins A, D, E and K, regardless of their colour or shape.
6. Outdoor chickens
And although we prefer to buy eggs from hens raised outdoors, the living conditions of the hens do not influence the health of the eggs.
7. How to: Egg on the dish cooked quickly
Take a plate and reheat it for 2 minutes in the microwave. Then put butter on the plate and heat the plate a little more. Break the egg on its side and slide the egg yolk with a knife. Cook in the microwave for 45 seconds.
8. How to: Scrambled eggs to perfection
You need to:
- A large bowl
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
Whisk until smooth. Put a saucepan over high heat with a little melted butter on top. Make sure your mixture is in the center of the pan. Stir until the “blurred” texture begins to appear. Then set the heat to low and turn the egg over from one side to the other. The trick is to remove the pan from the heat when the liquid has disappeared. Let the egg cook on the pan, let’s go for another minute.
9. How to: The poached egg makes fast
Use a microwave-safe bowl and fill it half full of water. Break your egg directly into the water. Cover it and put it in the microwave for 60 seconds.
10. How to: Boiled egg
Boil your egg in salted water for 5 minutes. For best results, add one tablespoon of vegetable oil. Once the cooking is finished, soak in cold water for one minute. Now scale your eggs and enjoy!
11. How to: Scrambled egg in its shell
Place the egg in the long sleeves of a shirt and tie the sleeve at both ends. Quickly turn the shirt in circular movements and pull it hard a dozen times. Once it is done, simply boil your egg and enjoy it.
12. How to: Break the egg with one hand
Gently hit the egg on a lateral surface, then push it up with your thumb and pull down with the two lower fingers using your index finger as support.
13. How to: Have an egg white or egg yolk only
Here’s the best way to separate the egg yolk from the white. Simply use an empty water bottle to suck up the egg yolk!
14. How to: Scrambled egg in the microwave
Break two eggs in the microwave-safe bowl, season to taste and add a little milk. Whisk them vigorously until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. Microwave them for 1 minute, take them out of the bowl and rinse them lightly. Put them back on for an additional 30 seconds.
15. How to: Egg on the dish in a saucepan
Heat a frying pan over medium heat for one minute and then coat it with a little butter. Break the egg and place it directly in the pan. Move the pan to ensure that the egg white is evenly dispersed. Cover it for about two minutes and let it cook on its own.
16. How to: Substitution of hard-boiled eggs
Boiling water is not always fun because it needs to be monitored. Be aware that your oven can come to the rescue. Simply place as many eggs as you like directly on the centre rack of the oven. You can also place a pan under the pan just in case there are problems. Put your oven at 325 for 30 minutes. Don’t even bother preheating it. However, don’t forget to let your eggs cool down.
17. How to: Tip for peeling the shell
If you do not like to peel the shell with your fingers, simply use a container filled with a little water. Insert the boiled egg and shake it as much as possible with the lid in place. It will peel itself.
18. How to: Fancy poached egg
To avoid the messy mixture that results after boiling and poached egg, cover a small bowl with plastic wrap. Then break an egg in the bowl. Gather all the parts of the plastic packaging and form a bag. Boil the bag for about 3 minutes.
Now that you know several cooking techniques, here’s how to know if your egg is good for consumption or not!