Healthy Cooking-Understanding Your Egg

Want to know how old your raw eggs are? Gently drop the egg into a bowl of cold water. If it:

  • Sinks to the bottom and stays there, it is about three to six days old.
  • Sinks, but floats at an angle, it’s more than a week old.
  • Sinks, but then stands on end, it’s about two weeks old.
  • Floats, it’s too old and should be discarded.

To tell if an egg is hard boiled or not, spin the egg. Set an egg on a flat surface and give it a twirl. A hard-boiled egg will spin smoothly; a raw egg won’t.

To keep the yolks in your eggs centered when cooking hard boiled eggs, stir the water while you are cooking.

To keep poached eggs from running all over the pan, add a couple of drops of vinegar to the water.

To use the yolks left over from a recipe that has called for the use of egg whites only, drop them in a pot of boiling salted water and then use the cooked eggs in salads.

It is easier to remove the shells from hot, hard boiled eggs if you rinse them in cold water first.

To get double the volume when beating egg whites, add 1 teaspoon of cold water for each egg white.

Adding a little salt to the water will prevent boiling eggs from cracking.

If you’ve dropped an egg on the floor, cover it completely with salt and let it sit 20 minutes.  It will sweep right up!

When eggs shells crack while being cooked, add a little vinegar to prevent the egg white from seeping out.



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