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5 Basic Mistakes We All Make Attempting To Cook Eggs

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Some of the easiest and quickest meals you can make involve cooking eggs. But that doesn’t mean that tiny fumbles cannot happen. That’s why we think you should be aware of these simple mistakes and not make them again if you were. 

I love eggs more than any other food in the world. There is just something about that delicate egg white and the silky, creamy yolk, with such a positive, happiness-inducing color. I like eggs so much I have written a lot of articles about them, just shouting out my love from the rooftops (of the internet, if that is a thing). Here is a pretty comprehensive guide on cooking with eggs.

But there is always more to say about this healthy food, that’s rich in protein and fatty goodness that isn’t as unhealthy as we had thought until recently. The health benefits are numerous. And there are so many ways to cook them. Unfortunately, that might mean just as many tiny mistakes to make. Here are some of them.

5 cooking eggs mistakes you might make

1. Cracking the eggs on the rim of the pan

This seems to have so many advantages. The side of the pan is the perfect shape for the delicate cracking of the egg without breaking the yolk (I hate it when that happens). But this method means that you might get shells in your pan and also lose some of that nutritious eggs. Crack the eggs on a flat surface, it’s better in every possible way.

2. Adding way too much salt

This is a sin that I have to confess. I tend to add waaaay too much salt whenever I cook my eggs. Season and then taste as you cook them. That’s the best way to make sure your lips won’t bloat from way too much sodium.

Cooking Eggs: A Few Basic Mistakes You Can Make

3. Using the wrong pan

No matter how you cook your eggs in a pan, make sure that pan is a nonstick one. Because you don’t want them to be glued to the bottom of the pan. That is just a recipe for disaster. Especially if you’re making fried eggs – them sticking to the pan will ruin the beautiful golden yolk.

4. Using high heat

Eggs cook pretty quickly, so don’t use high heat on the stove top to deal with them. You could dry them up too much and overcook them, which will completely ruin their taste and some of the nutritional value. The best way is to preheat your pan to a medium temperature, add the eggs, and reduce the temperature once you’ve done that. This is how you can control the rate at which your eggs are cooking. And you ensure that they are cooked evenly.

5. Leaving them in the pan for too long

You must never forget that eggs still cook even after you’ve removed them from the heat. So once you turn off the stove, make sure to remove them immediately from the pan or pot you’ve cooked them in, or you will get an overcooked mess again. So do not discount the residual heat if you want to have healthy, tasty eggs.

Bonus: Make sure that you eat the eggs at once after you’ve cooked them. They’re only delicious unless they don’t really have time to get cold!

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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The Best Ways To Cook Eggs, Ranked

Eggs are one of the core pillars of breakfast. You can walk into any fast food spot, greasy spoon diner, or fancy breakfast place, request eggs of some kind, and get it cooked the way you want. Several people have one specific way they like their eggs for breakfast. For example, our managing editor, Reach Guinto, likes his eggs sunny side up and extra crispy, while Ian McKellan prefers soft scrambled.

However, there are ways to cook eggs that simply trump the others because of creaminess, texture, presentation, and the comfort that they bring compared to other methods. From the classic scrambled to the trendy poached egg, we’re looking at a bunch of different ways to prep eggs to deduce which is the best.

To clarify a few things heading into this list: any egg-cooking techniques involving a single part of the egg won’t be on this list (ie. hollandaise, egg whites, or meringues). Additionally, you won’t see Scotch eggs, frittatas, omelettes, or any style that involves mixing in multiple ingredients. This list is solely focusing on the sexiness of the individual egg and what method brings that out the best.

10. Hard-Boiled

Let’s be real, there’s no true appeal to any way to make these eggs sexier. They’re just bland, kinda boring, and don’t have any real creaminess to them. They’re just a tasteless way to add protein to chopped salads and sandwiches that deserve a lot better than this simplistic approach to consuming eggs. Sure, you can try to make them creamier by cooking them for a shorter amount of time, but then you’re just invading the territory of crappy and overcooked soft-boiled eggs. We’ll pass on that.

9. Hard Scrambled

This is the most common way people order their eggs, which is a crying shame to the beauty that is the liquid chicken. Hard scrambled eggs, like hard-boiled eggs, just don’t have any flavor unless you douse it in butter and salt, and then it just tastes like butter and salt. The texture is often rubbery and not pleasant, making me question why someone would want to have their eggs this way when there’s so many better options out there.

8. Deviled

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This is basically just a super-extra knockoff of hard-boiled eggs where you break the egg open, scoop out the yolk, mash it all up, then pipe it back in to make it look cool. You’re guaranteed to find these at some party on an inviting tray of lettuce, and that’s exactly where I’d leave them. The extra creaminess of the mashed yolk helps a little, but other than that, your palate feels completely let down when you bite into one of these horrendous hors d’oeuvres.

7. Cloud Eggs

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This newer, trendy method of cooking eggs is in the upper echelons of “extra.” You’re deconstructing the egg before cooking, whipping up a meringue, parbaking, sticking the yolk back on top, then fully cooking the whole thing? Sure, it looks great for your Instagram feeds, but would you ever actually cook it that way for any other purpose?

6. Basted

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Okay, now we’re starting to move into the good methods of making eggs. This is a simple fried egg method where you just add a little hit of steam to help cook everything and create a fluffier texture. You get a runny yolk and some smooth, fluffy whites as a result. That’s all you need to enjoy a basic but well-done egg experience.

5. Soft-boiled

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The creamier and runnier the egg yolk, the better. Soft boiled eggs are a challenge to make because you have to get the timing right, but the reward is pretty worth it. They’re luscious and velvety on the inside, giving you the ultimate textural experience when it comes to cooking eggs right.

4. Sunny Side Up

When you can combine the velvety white and runny yolk with a little bit of crunch, you’re gonna get one of the top ways to enjoy eggs out there. That’s exactly what sunny side up eggs are all about, and although they may be a little trickier to cook since you’re not allowed to flip the egg, the crispy bottom gives you an end result worthy of topping any plate.

3. Over Easy

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This gets the leg up on the almost identical sunny side up technique because you’re getting double the crispy here. Over easy eggs are flipped and barely cooked on the other side, but you still get enough time to develop some browning on both sides of the egg. Take care not to bust the yolk when making these eggs, because you want that yolk bust for one of the sexiest Instagram videos you’ll ever add to your feed.

2. Poached

Poached eggs are the undisputed king of brunch and one of the top dogs of food social media. Eggs benedicts, fine dining, and sensual yolk porn are the hallmarks of this classic egg technique. It may seem hard to do at first, but with proper practice, you’ll be wowing all of your friends and family with one of the best ways to prepare eggs out there.

1. Soft Scrambled

This method of making eggs is the most viral in the United States right now, and it’s not hard to see why. With heavy hitters like the naughty soft-scrambled breakfast sandwiches from EggSlut leading the charge in the breakfast sandwich game and chefs like Gordon Ramsay advocating this as the best way to make eggs, it’s no wonder people are loving this top-notch way to prepare eggs. Regular scrambled eggs seem so inferior when you factor in the lush texture of the perfect soft scrambled egg. If there was one dish to perfect, it would be this one, ’cause you’ll impress anybody if you can pull off this time-honored and buzzworthy cooking method.