Unless you are vegan or have an allergy the chances are you use eggs fairly often. Here are some tips for eggs and recipes using eggs. I share how to get the most out of them without too much mess or stress!
If you are a follower of Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count many of these recipes and ideas as free or easily within your allowances, of course always check your plan for advice.
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. If you remember one of my tips with eggs, remember this one!
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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 the shell. This way you won’t get the 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! Money-saving makes such a difference in the long run!
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 water (a few tablespoons). Remember to season well and it will be just as fluffy.
The Perfect Omelette recipe
I spent ages perfecting the perfect omelette and how to stop it from turning into scrambled eggs! For a 3 egg omelette use a frying pan that 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 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 perfect 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 an alternative if you don’t have egg rings is 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 to tip salt over it and when that sets pick it up using a damp piece of kitchen roll. This is one of my favourite tips for eggs.
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 them to cool in the cold water (keeping it cool by topping it up if necessary).
This also prevents the grey surrounding to the yolk which whilst harmless is not so nice looking!
Etsy for weight loss
The easiest way to make poached eggs is surprisingly simple. Boil a pan of water with a splash of white wine vinegar or cider vinegar in. Using ramekins or similar carefully break each egg into a separate ramekin and pour carefully, one at a time into the boiling water. When the egg rises to the top of the boiling water remove it carefully with a slotted spoon and serve immediately.
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 from being whisked to quite as firm!
How to make round eggs without an egg ring
This is something I am often asked about, and it is really easy to make round eggs even if you don’t have an egg ring. The first option is to use a slice of onion. This forms a perfect circle to crack your egg into and makes a perfectly round fried egg. Another good option is a slice of pepper.
Alternatively, why not buy some cheap egg rings or a one egg pan. Both can help you make the perfect round eggs in the future!
Healthy recipes using eggs
If you have eggs to use up or are starting to think it would be great to add more into your diet then here are some tasty recipes with eggs as one of the main ingredients for you. Perfect for an easy midweek meal!
Mini pepper quiches with a crust!
More you may find helpful
I have other guides to recipes with specific ingredients/diets so do go and have a look at those too. Recipes with chicken, vegetarian and vegan recipes, how to use quark and recipes with it, how to cook perfect rice and recipes with rice, butternut squash tips and recipes and many more just check out my recipes directory. Be sure if you check out anything though to look at the tasty desserts I share here.
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