Eggs and bacon are not only the tastiest way to start your day, but could very well be the healthiest. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that eating a high-fat breakfast could very well prevent metabolic syndrome. Not that you were going to stop eating eggs anyway. But since we’re all enjoying the morning feast, follow these 5 easy steps to make your eggs even better.
1. Good food starts with good ingredients, and eggs are no different. Fresh, pastured eggs with yellow-orange yolks produced by free-roaming chickens simply taste better than eggs from caged hens found at conventional grocery stores. If you’re willing to spend a little more, they’re definitely worth trying. Try your local farmers market or co-op, or use a website such as LocalHarvest to find your nearest source. And while you’re at it, pick up some pastured butter, too. If you can’t find anything local, Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter is a great alternative.
2. The good people at the Art of Manliness point out that “one of the more important elements to the perfect scrambled egg, regardless of the method, is air.” Scrambling your eggs well will make them full and fluffy, so use a fork–or a whisk, if you have one–to stir your bowl of eggs in a circular motion. Just make sure not to overbeat them. “You will know your eggs are ready when the mixture is evenly colored and frothy,” Matt More writes. Heat some butter and throw the mixture in the skillet and voila–the fullest and fluffiest scrambled eggs you’ve ever tasted.
3. For the perfect hardboiled eggs, try an egg timer, one of those red ones that changes color as your eggs cook and takes the guesswork out of the game. All you have to do is add the eggs and timer in at the same time, and it’ll change in color from red to purple, indicating when your eggs are soft boiled, medium boiled or hardboiled. Best of all, they’re under ten bucks. (I use Hammerhead Products’ Eggsact Eggtimer, but I’m pretty sure they’re all the same.)
4. I thought I knew how to fry eggs, but it wasn’t until I was following a recipe for sweet potato hash with fried eggs from NomNom Paleo that I learned how to make the perfect fried egg. The first step was to crack the eggs into a bowl first, instead of directly into the skillet. It’s not until the butter is foaming over medium-low heat that you gently pour the eggs in. Next, you add your seasonings and cover the pan with a lid. Two or three minutes, slide them out and sprinkle on any additional seasonings. Perfection.
5. Now that you know some hacks for making the best fried, scrambled and hard boiled eggs, impress your friends and family by learning how to crack an egg with style–with one hand. Chef John at FoodWishes recommends people practice with two golf balls with a quarter squeezed between them. Once you learn how to separate the golf balls so the quarter falls out, and practice the motion thirty times, you’ll be ready to try the technique. Check out the article and video, and you’ll be able to crack an egg with one hand tied behind your back in no time.