Elementary Methods for Cooking With Eggs

Eggs are unversally acclaimed as one of most useful cooking ingredients. They are easy to get hold of wherever you live and are widely used throughout the world. Even the worst cook can learn to prepare eggs using a few elementary methods. Having the basic skills to cook egg recipes like omelettes and scrambled eggs gives you an opportunity to modify them into thousands of simple, fast nourishing meals.

Here's how to cook classic egg recipes:-

1. Boiled Eggs
Hard or soft boiled eggs are nutritious and can make a quick and simple meal. For many people, a boiled egg with 'soldiers' is the ultimate comfort food.
To soft boil and egg to dip toast in, first remove your eggs from the fridge and allow them to sit for a while to take them up to room temperature. Heat some water in a small pan and, when it is simmering, drop the eggs into the pan cautiously. Boil gently for precisely one minute then remove from the heat, put a lid on the pan and leave for 6-7 minutes. Not everyone likes their eggs cooked the same, so try adjusting the time until you get it just how you like it.
If cooking hard boiled eggs, simmer the eggs in the pan, on the heat, for around 7 minutes and then instantly remove from the water and put into cold water for a minute or two. Leave eggs to cool in a bowl of ice cold water.
Hard boiled eggs are great for picnics or for mixing with mayonnaise to make egg sandwiches.

2. Cooking an Omelette
An omelette is really simple to prepare and is great served with a salad or fries.
Beat two eggs in a bowl and season with . Add a teaspoon of milk or water. In an small frying pan, melt a knob of butter or margarine and coat the pan. Add the beaten eggs to the pan and swirl around so that they cover the the pan evenly. Use a spatula to keep bringing in cooked bits from the side to let less cooked eggs run into gaps and cook. As soon as you have a soft but firm circle of omelette you may also add grated cheese or chopped and cooked mushrooms to the middle and carefully fold the omelette over the filling to make a crescent shape.

3. How to Cook Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs on toast is delicious and is a good standby when you're in a rush or are too tired to cook much. If you have got a microwave, then these are really easy - simply beat 2-3 eggs together, season, add a tiny dash of milk and cook on high. Stir with a fork every ten seconds and stop cooking when they are at the perfect consistency for you.
You can also scrambled eggs in a pan - Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan, beat the eggs in a bowl or jug, season and add a dash of milk. Once the butter is melted, pour the eggs into the pan and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook until the egg mixture only has a bit of liquid left. Stir in a little butter and add cream if you want - delicious.
For a special breakfast, chop up smoked salmon and mix into the scrambled egg.

4. How to Poach Eggs
To poach eggs the simple way, you can purchase a specific poaching pan which has circular compartments into which you break your eggs and then they cook over the pan which is filled with boiling water.
To poach eggs without a poacher, pour boiling water into a frying pan until it is about 2 ? cm deep, place the pan on the heat and, when the water is bubbling lightly (little bubbles under the surface), break an egg into the water. Simmer for 1 minute and then withdraw from the heat. Leave for 10 minutes and then remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Serve on toast or with bacon, sausage and baked beans.

These are the four basic, quickest and most nourishing ways to prepare eggs but you can also fry an egg in oil. Simply heat oil in a frying pan, break an egg lightly into the pan (gently, so you don't break the yolk) and fry until done. Although you may prefer frying eggs, don't forget that poaching is far better than frying because it has less fat (water instead of oil).

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