Eggs! (Part 2) - #HowToKitchen
We're not done with the eggs just quite yet! Hopefully, you've read and tried out the tips & tricks that we featured in Part 1 of Eggs! - HowToKitchen, because we've got some brand new skills heading your way.
Separating Egg Whites and Egg Yolk
Many baking recipes want you to magically split an egg so that you only have to use the egg white or yolk. This is a relatively easy task, using the two halves of the eggshell in a balancing act to get rid of the yolk (which can make a real mess if you aren't careful). This can be easier, though. Find a plastic bottle with a small opening and squeeze the air out a little. Place the opening over the egg yolk and loosen your grip on the bottle, so that it re-inflates. This will cause the egg yolk to be sucked into the bottle. This can still be pretty tricky, so Kitchen Inspire by Anzo made a tool specifically for the job. Check out the Egg Yolk Extractor here. Just for good measure, we played with the bottle trick, check the results here:
Boil eggs perfectly every time
As I mentioned in my previous post, eggs are easy to cook, but easy to botch. Many people simply gauge the duration of time needed for the eggs to boil, but it can end in disaster with powdery dry yolks. Others resort to egg timers, which tick away while your eggs are in the pot. When it reaches the designated time, an air raid siren goes off to tell you that the eggs are ready. Luckily, the timing strategy is a pretty solid one. To soft boil an egg, keep it in the pot for two minutes. If you prefer your eggs hard-boiled, give it eight minutes in the pot.
To make it easier, you can use an in-pot egg timer, like the version from Joie (called the Eggy). This inexpensive device goes into the pot with the eggs and has an indicator that shows you the current status of the eggs, so that you can easily boil eggs with hard or soft yolks.
Know if the egg is fresh before cracking it open
Ever been in the situation where you break open an egg into a baking or omelette mixture, only to discover that the last egg was a little off? Your entire mixture needs to be thrown out, because there is nothing that you can do to undo your mistake. There is an easy trick to quickly know if your eggs are good before you ever crack the shell open. Fill a deep bowl with water and gently put your eggs in the water. If it lies down flat at the bottom of the bowl, your egg is good to go. If it stands upright with the tip of the shell touching the bottom of the bowl, your egg has seen better days. This does not necessarily mean that the egg is bad, but that you should check it out before use. In extreme cases, the egg will float in the water, which means that it shouldn't go anywhere near your stove. The more fluid in the egg, the fresher it is. Over time, these fluids turn into a gas-like substance and creates an air pocket, causing the egg to lose freshness and float in the water. Note that this is only a guideline you should still use your own judgement to check the freshness of the eggs.
That's it for eggs (at least for right now)! Keep an eye out for our next post, which will dish out some more essential tips & tricks for the kitchen. If you haven't done so already, check out our online store to see many of the tools & gadgets used in these experiments.
- Charl Barkhuizen