Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Perfecting Scrambled Eggs

I'm sorry to admit this, but until today I had never really made scrambled eggs that turned out well. I did a little online research before cracking my eggs this morning, and it was definitely worth it. Here's what I did, in case you have scrambling problems too.

I started by heating my nonstick pan (because I never have luck cooking eggs on a regular pan) on a little over medium heat. In a large mixing bowl I added 4 old eggs I had no other use for and a bit of kosher salt. I whisked the eggs for 2 minutes. My arm was definitely tired at the end, but it was worth it. I would have added some milk, but we were out. I made sure to not just make circular motion with the whisk, but to also raise it above the eggs to add the air. Then I added about a tablespoon of butter to the pan and as soon as it completely melted I added the eggs. The second the eggs started to cook on the bottom, I used a spatula to scrape the cooked portion to the side and let the uncooked eggs fill in the pan. I did this about 3 times before all the eggs were cooked and then I flipped them over once and they were done. I plopped 'em on a plate and added a tiny bit more salt and a shake of cheap-o pepper (b/c my pepper grinder only spits out kinda huge pieces of pepper). They tasted awesome - no rubbery or greasy, but light and flavorful.

I read that eggs will almost never go bad in your fridge, but after the expiration date they aren't good for baking anymore. They only work for scrambling, and that's all I needed them for. A week after you buy them the yolk shrinks in size and instead of extra large, you have large eggs and a week after that you have regular eggs, etc. I don't remember the specific timing on this, but I was thrilled to know I could keep my eggs longer than the expiration date. I also read you should never keep your eggs in the compartment on your fridge door because they aren't kept cold enough. Make sure to keep 'em on the inside of the fridge, where it is nice and cold.

That's plenty of egg info for one post. No go forth and whisk!


  1. You ate four eggs by yourself?!

  2. u can just do the egg test after the expiration date. you put the egg in water and see if it floats. if it does, then its no good. if it stands up vertically, then its on its way out, but still totally usable. i do this b/c we often buy eggs and don't really use them in a timely fashion. i actually just baked a yellow cake from a mix using eggs that were past the expiration that stood up vertically. the cake turned out good

  3. oh eggs. i'm gonna definitely try these tips out next time i make scrambled eggs. thats like my favorite way to have eggs. sometimes its hit or miss when i make them though, getting them the consistency that i like.


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