If you are unsure if an egg is still ok to use get a jug of cold water and carefully place the egg in. If the egg sinks it is ok but if it floats you shouldn’t eat it. The reason behind this is that if the shell breaks down slightly air can get inside it (and make the egg go off), if there is air inside it then with this test it will float.
Don’t crack on the side of a bowl
As much as you want to crack the egg on the side of the bowl or pan it is much better to crack it on a flat surface like the work surface or chopping board. Just one tap to crack the shell slightly but then use your fingers to open to shell. This way you wont get shell in your omelette!
Keep an eye out for reduced eggs
Eggs have two dates a sell by date and a use by date, usually with a week between, if you use eggs often you can save money buying them close to the use by date and still be eating them in date!
Add Water instead of Milk
If you want scrambled eggs or omelette but follow Slimming World or another diet and don’t want to use milk just use the same amount of egg (a few tablespoons), remember to season well and it will be just as fluffy.
The Perfect Omelette
I spent ages perfecting the perfect omelette and how to stop it turning into scrambled eggs! For a 3 egg omelette use a frying pan which measures around 6 inches in diameter. Beat the eggs with about 3 tablespoons of water and season well in a jug. Spray the pan well with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat until the pan is hot and the spray is no longer visible. Pour in the mixture then after one minute use a silicone spatula to drag in the edge of the mixture towards the middle at various points around the omelette allowing the liquid from the top to run into the gap made. Continue doing this until the top is no longer runny. The top doesn’t have to be completely set but if it is no longer runny then add the filling eg cheese and mushroom and immediately using the spatula fold in half in the pan. Stand for a minute then serve. The heat from the omelette will cook the part that was on top as it is now in the middle and you will have the perfect omelette!
Perfect Fried Eggs
For the best fried eggs use the freshest eggs you can as the yolk is less likely to split as the membrane of the yolk is stronger. To make it perfectly round you can use egg rings or simply a ring of onion!
If you need to separate the yolk and the white the easiest way is when the eggs are cold. There are many gadgets available to separate them for you but I find the easiest way is to keep the yolk in the shell as you crack it!
Picking up a Dropped Egg
We have all done it haven’t we, dropped an egg all over the floor and struggled to pick it up. The easiest way to pick it up is tip salt over it and when that sets pick it up using damp kitchen roll.
If you don’t want the egg to crack whilst boiling it is less likely if you use room temperature eggs. When they are cooked plunge them straight into cold water and leave to cool in the cold water (keeping it cool by topping it up if necessary). This also prevents the grey surround to the yolk which whilst harmless is not so nice looking!
Slicing Boiled Eggs
To slice boiled eggs without them crumbling keep dipping the knife or slicer in cold water. This means you have much more perfect slices without crumbly yolk!
Whisking Egg Whites
For the firmest egg whites use a metal whisk and a glass or metal bowl. Plastic whisks or bowls have slight bits of oil absorbed in them and stop the egg being whisked to quite as firm!
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