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Cook eggs properly and tasty

Whether fried, boiled, in pies, casseroles or as eggs for breakfast, eggs can be cooked in many different ways and are part of many dishes. Hard-boiled eggs are delicious neat, on bread, with salad, vegetables and potatoes.

Soft, medium, hard: how long should eggs be boiled?

The hardness of egg yolks and egg whites depends on the cooking time, which may vary slightly depending on the size of the eggs:

Cooking time four minutes: the egg whites and yolks are still very runny Cooking time five minutes: the firm egg whites cover the soft yolk Cooking time seven minutes: the egg whites and yolks are hard , the center of the yolk waxy and soft Cooking time ten minutes: the egg whites and yolks will harden, and they can be cut without deformation.

Vinegar and salt prevent cracking during cooking

The fact that pre-drilled eggs do not burst during cooking belongs to the realm of culinary legends. Experiments have shown that on average about one in ten eggs is broken during cooking, whether or not it is broken. It is more beneficial to add salt or vinegar to the cooking water. As a result, the egg whites that come out will immediately curl up and fill the gap.

When processing raw, keep an eye on freshness

When processing eggs, it is important to pay attention to the expiry date. This is especially true for any foods that contain raw eggs, such as homemade tiramisu, pudding, or mayonnaise. These meals should always be prepared fresh, kept refrigerated and, if possible, eaten the same day.

Separate the protein from the yolk.

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Leave the rest of the egg white and yolk and freeze them

Covered in a bowl in the refrigerator, you can store leftover egg whites and yolk for about two to three days, or freeze them. To do this, add a little salt or sugar to the mass. In a freezer at a temperature of minus 18 degrees, an egg without a shell will last six to ten months. If you only have egg whites left, you can freeze them without adding salt or sugar. Frozen, it will keep for up to a year.

Minimum shelf life: how long can eggs be kept?

When buying eggs, it is recommended to always pay attention to the minimum expiry date. It ends 28 days after the laying date. But after that, the eggs will still turn out quite good if stored correctly. However, they should now only be used for cooking or baking. It is important that they are heated above 70 degrees to kill any germs such as salmonella.

Raw eggs are best stored in the refrigerator door.

Raw eggs are best stored in the egg compartment on the refrigerator door. Always keep away from other foods if possible, as shells are breathable and eggs can pick up odors from strong smelling foods such as onions. Do not wash eggs before storing them to preserve the natural protective layer of the shell. It is best to store them with the pointed end down, as this will keep them longer. This is because the egg’s natural air chamber is at the top. When stored in the reverse order, the air in this chamber rises after some time, as a result of which the eggshell peels off and microbes can enter it.

Storage of eggs.

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Test in a glass of water: is the egg still fresh?

How fresh is the egg? A test in a glass of water will show this. Checking if a raw egg is fresh is very simple: to do this, put the egg in a glass of cold water. A fresh egg will stay on the bottom, older eggs may end up in the middle of the glass, and bad ones will float to the top of the water. This is because the liquid from the older egg has already evaporated through the shell and the internal cavity provides buoyancy. With a little practice, even after beating, you can determine whether an egg is completely fresh or already a little aged: in fresh eggs the yolk and egg white also protrude, in older eggs the white of egg diverges widely, the yolk is flatter.

Cooking and tasting by smell protects against germs

If you are not sure whether the egg is still fresh, it must be boiled, fried and fried well. This eliminates the danger associated with germs. After that, you can easily and safely taste and smell if the egg is still edible: something that smells and tastes good is also good.

How long do hard-boiled eggs keep?

A hard-boiled egg will remain edible for about two weeks when stored in the refrigerator. Hard-boiled eggs sometimes develop a greenish rim around the yolk. This is a chemical reaction during cooking between the iron in the yolk and the sulfur in the egg white. But in terms of taste and quality, it does not change anything.

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