Eggs: All Your Questions Answered
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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 APPÉTI
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?
Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond!
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