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The egg came first: Learn how to store, boil and cook an egg like a pro

Different styles of cooking an egg: hard boiled
Different styles of cooking an egg: hard boiled

There is no shame in admitting that you do not know how to boil an egg. The Raleigh food Examiner (RFE) was in her late twenties when she figured it out. But here are a few other egg dilemmas: how long do eggs keep once purchased, does the expiration date of an egg carton really matter and what are the different ways to cook an egg? Let’s get started.

Basket of eggs

Storing eggs

Keep an eye on the sell by date on the egg carton. Typically, you can go up to a month beyond that date safely. Once the four week time allowance expires, it’s a good idea to do an egg float test.

The website tells us about the float test:

The Egg Float Test – How to tell if eggs are bad

In determining how long eggs last, many people use the egg float test. Although it is not 100% accurate, it allows you to tell if an egg is bad without cracking the shell. If you wonder if your egg has gone bad, simply submerge it in water to test if the egg has expired. A good egg will sink to the bottom and stay there on its side. An egg that stands with its larger side up is older, but the egg is still good. If the egg floats or hovers, then bacteria has broken down proteins in the egg whites and created gasses, an indication that the egg is probably unsafe to eat. This quick test may result in a false negative, but we believe it is better safe than sorry and any egg that fails this test should be thrown out.

Boiling eggs

There are some cooks out there who do not have the knack for boiling an egg. The RFE was one of them for many years! She finally cracked and bought one of those hard plastic egg shaped things that you put in the pot with your eggs. Worked like a charm. So basically, put your eggs and hard plastic egg in your pot and cover eggs with cold water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil. Place cover on pot and remove from heat. Check on eggs in about 15 to 20 minutes. When the hard plastic egg is completely black, your eggs are hard boiled; therefore you can remove them to ice cold water to cool down. Once boiled, you have a week to consume safely.

Five other egg cooking methods

  1. Over easy (which is not too easy): Cook one side of egg in a pan with oil or butter. When that side is done, then flip to cook the other side to cook for a few seconds.
  2. Sunny-side up: Basically cook an egg over easy, but don’t flip it. The top part is marginally cooked from the heat below. Yoke stays liquid and looks like a sun.
  3. Over hard: Basically switch up the over easy. One side is cooked, then it is flipped to cook the other side. Cooking an egg this style will give you a solid yoke. Growing up in the RFE’s house, this was called “fried”.
  4. Scrambled: One of the most popular ways to enjoy an egg! Whisked the egg in a bowl with some salt and pepper (add a quick drop or two of milk for fluffier eggs). Pour eggs in pan and stir almost constantly while the egg fries.
  5. Poached: This is boiling an egg in water outside of its shell. Once the water boils, it is reduced to a simmer. The egg is cracked and placed in simmering water, and cooked until the desired results are achieved.

So do you feel a little more “eg”ducated? Check out the slide show for pictures of the different ways to cook eggs; plus you can see a picture of the hard plastic egg that helps the RFE have picture perfect eggs each and every time!

Now go cook an egg and enjoy!

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