Eggs: All Your Questions Answered
Hey Mama! Do you have eggs in your fridge and don’t know what to do with them? Let me help!
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You have questions, I have answers!
Eggs have gotten a bad name in the past, but eggs can be part of a healthy diet for most people. Eggs contain protein, nutrients, and less than 100 calories.
Some “vegetarians” will even make an exception for eggs and be “ovo-tarians”.
I’ll be answering the most asked egg questions like:
- How do you boil eggs?
- What’s the best recipes to add to your weekly menu?
- How do you know if your eggs are still fresh?
- What else can you do with eggs besides eat them?
Who knew there were so many questions surrounding eggs?
I’ll also be introducing the “Eggy Deggy Family” 🙂
How Do You Know If Eggs Are Fresh?
First you need to know if your eggs are fresh. So, how do you do that?
Easy! Put your eggs in a large bowl and cover with several inches of water. If the eggs sink, they are fresh. If they stand up on end, but still stay at the bottom of the bowl, you should cook them very soon. If they float? Don’t eat them.
Fresh or Not?
If your eggs sink in a bowl of water, they are fresh!
If they float, don’t eat them!
How Do You Boil Eggs?
You’d think this question should have a straightforward answer. But I use three different ways to “boil” my eggs. Check out my favorite kitchen tools I use for each method in my Kitchen Essentials post.
1. Boil them in a pot of water on the stovetop
Put a single layer of eggs in the bottom of a pot.
Cover the eggs with a couple of inches of water and bring the water to a boil.
Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10-15 minutes.
2. Cook them in an egg cooker
I have a small egg cooker that will “boil” 6 eggs at once. If I only need a few eggs, I’ll use this method. It takes up very little space and cooks the eggs fairly quickly.
3. Cook them in an Electric Pressure Cooker
This has become my favorite way to “boil” eggs.
Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the EPC pot.
Place your eggs on the rack (that comes with most models) on the bottom of the pot.
Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
Manually release the pressure.
"Boiled" Eggs in an Electric Pressure Cooker
5 minutes on high pressure is all you need to have perfectly hard-boiled eggs
How Do You Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs?
Regardless of which method you use to “boil” your eggs, the steps to take once they are done is the same.
- Remove the eggs and place them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Let them cool, or if you have zero patience (like me) and just want to eat them NOW, go ahead to the next step.
- Crack the shell all over. I usually tap the egg on my sink all around.
- With cool water running over the cracked shell, continue to press and squeeze gently to loosen the shell. It will slide right off in one piece!
- Store your cooked eggs in the fridge and enjoy within 5 days.
- Don’t throw those shells away! I’ll tell you what to do with those in a minute.
What Can You Make With Boiled Eggs?
Your eggs are boiled.
They are perfectly peeled.
Now, what are you going to do with them?
If you’re like me, you’ll be happy just eating them with some salt. Boiled eggs are a meal-prepper’s dream food: they are easy to make, store, and eat!
If you’re in the mood for something more than just an egg, there are a ton of options.
- Egg Salad
- Tuna Salad
- Potato Salad
- Deviled Eggs
How Many Ways Can You Cook An Egg?
Boiling isn’t the only way to cook an egg. I’ve searched the Internet so you don’t have to. I’ve found many more ways to cook an egg. Click on each link below to see how you can:
- Bake it
- Poach it
- Scramble it
- Fry it
- Dye it (oh wait, that’s in another list)
- Bind, Thicken, Coat, and More with it
Is It Safe To Eat Cracked Eggs?
According to the USDA, if the egg was already cracked then it shouldn’t be used. Bacteria could have invaded through the crack.
But if you know when the egg was cracked, go ahead and remove the shell, store the egg insides in a covered container in the fridge, and use within a couple of days.
What are the BEST Egg Recipes?
I was going to try to break this down into sections by meal, but I could eat the same egg dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! That’s another good things about eggs! They are perfect any time of the day!
Here is a list of 60 Egg Recipes from Good Housekeeping.
And if 60 isn’t enough to find one that you will love, try this list of 91 Egg Recipes from BON APPÉTIT.
You’re sure to find plenty that you will love to try!
What Can You Do With Eggs Besides Eat Them?
- What all can you do with a naked egg? How do you get rid of the shell? Find out how to do 3 cool eggsperiments at Playdoughtoplato.com.
- You can dissect an egg and study the parts! You can find a detailed lesson at CuriOdyssey.
- You can use eggs to study physics. Have you ever heard of the egg drop challenge? You can get a STEM Activity Kit from Nasco and learn more about it!
In the Garden
There are many ways to use eggshells in the garden. Find the best ideas at Gardener’s Path.
Ok….maybe we should leave crafting eggs to the fake ones.
Easter Egg Decorating
Woman’s Day has an awesome list of Easter Egg decorating ideas. #3 is my favorite!
Make Fun of Them!
As you’ve seen from my Eggy Deggy Family cartoons, there are many egg jokes and puns.
Scary Mommy will have you “cracking” up with tons them.
The Spruce Crafts shares 9 places to get FREE Easter Egg coloring printables.
Any Other Questions? Wanna Share Your Ideas?
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This is great post about eggs! My daughter loves to eat half-boiled egg (with runny egg yolk). It’s perfectly safe, but I always make sure that I have fresh egg for this recipe. Your method of checking the freshness of eggs is such a great suggestion!
Thanks 🙂 I check my eggs like this all the time!
How do you measure the volume of eggs?
In my biology class, to measure the volume of something that isn’t a regular shape, we fill a graduated cylinder up to a certain point. Put the item in the graduated cylinder and see how much water is displaced. The difference in the starting volume and ending volume is the volume of your item. 🙂
Aw, it reminds me of decorating eggs for Easter! My childhood memories…
Aw! I love decorating eggs with our kids 🙂
So much helpful info about eggs! You covered a lot of uses I haven’t even thought of.
Thanks Susan 🙂 There are so many more that I didn’t talk about, too!!
For years eggs have bothered my tummy, but I’ve started eating just egg whites and do fine with that! I’m so glad because they’re yummy!
I’m glad you can enjoy eggs now! They are yummy and can be used for so many things 🙂
Thanks Brandee 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!
Love your post and all the wonderful ideas you can do with eggs. Very informative. I learned a lot about eggs reading your post.
Thanks Amy! I am glad you enjoyed it and learned something about eggs 🙂
This is so cool. I love that you’ve done a whole article about eggs. From a food science perspective they’re fascinating too, the egg white being pure protein and the yolk an eggcellent emulsifier.
Thanks Carly! I love the science behind all things and eggs are definitely worth talking about 🙂 Eggcellent!!!
A lot of different ideas ! Thank you for sharing . The boiling eggs technique is great right before Easter ! Coloring eggs with the little ones !
Thanks Amanda! Yes! When you have a lot of eggs to boil, the electric pressure cooker is the way to go 🙂
What a clever post- I always wonder about the freshness of my eggs- thanks for the tip and the reminder about egg shells in gardens.
Thanks Jennifer! There are so many good uses for eggs 🙂
I had no idea about checking for eggs being fresh! Love this article.
Thanks Daphne! It is a trick that has come in handy many times for us 🙂