Put An Egg On It

September 12, 2019

We have a few customers who are pretty consistent with placing large egg orders and, from that, we can only make a couple assumptions: they have a big family, they are sharing with friends (awesome!), or, like us, they know how to work eggs into meals that span beyond breakfast. This is especially helpful as a health strategy when you’re not finding time in the morning to get your yolky goodness. The truth is, it’s quite simple to “put an egg on it” and a great way to spruce up most meals. It does help if you’re equipped with the culinary skills to properly prepare an egg a variety of ways. 

For example, chicken noodle soup again? If your egg preparing expertise stops at fried or scrambled, then you might not think to add eggs to a soup dish but a medium boiled or poached egg is a great way to spruce up a mundane meal and add diversify the nutrients of your lunch or dinner. Here are the many ways to prepare eggs and some classic dishes that you might consider adding them to.

Fried - Over Easy, Medium and Hard

Heat 2 tsp. Butter or olive oil (dealer’s choice) in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Break eggs and slip into pan, one at a time. Reduce heat to low. Let eggs sit until whites are almost completely set and yolk begins to thicken but not solidify or get a film over it in any way. You want it to be still be bright yellow. Slide you spatula under your egg and flip it carefully. For over-easy, count to 5 Mississippi and carefully scoop the egg onto your plate. For medium and hard, leave in the pan longer, about 30 seconds to a minute, depending on the quality of your pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy immediately!
Add to: sandwiches and burgers!


Sunny Side Up

Heat butter or oil in a medium nonstick skillet over low heat until slightly shimmering, about 5 minutes. Carefully crack an egg into the skillet. Cover with a tight lid and cook, uninterrupted, until the whites are completely set but the yolks are still runny and bright yellow, about 2 1/2 minutes. Slide the eggs out of the skillet and onto your plate. Season with salt and pepper. 
Add to: pizza!


Soft Scrambled

Crack 3 eggs into a bowl and beat them well, ensuring the yolks and whites are totally combined--no streaks! Season with salt and pepper and beat in a ½ cup of milk. You can substitute other dairy ingredients here but using organic raw milk delivers the best results. Add 2 tbsp butter to the pan and bring it to a light sizzle on medium low. Pour the eggs in and use your spatula to keep the eggs moving around. Tilt the pan if needed to spread the uncooked egg. It should only take about 2 minutes before you can dump the contents of the pan onto your plate. The eggs will continue to cook a bit there. Season lightly with salt and maybe a light shredding of cheese if you have it. Enjoy!
Add to: stir fry!


Hard Boiled

Place your eggs in a pot. Cover with water. Bring pot to a boil. Turn heat off. Cover and let sit for 15. Some suggest an ice bath following the 15 minutes, as well as salt or vinegar in the water, make the eggs more manageable for peeling.
Add to: tuna fish, potato salad, or mac n cheese!


Medium Boiled

Fill a pot with enough water that would cover your eggs but don’t place them in yet. Bring water to a boil. Use a spoon to slowly lower the egg into the boiling water. After 7 minutes, use a slotted spoon to transfer eggs to an ice bath and let them cool completely.
Add to: soups or pulled pork!


Poached

Bring 2 to 3 inches of water and 2 tbsp vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt in a large pot or saucepan to boiling. Adjust heat to keep it simmering. Break eggs one at a time into custard cup or saucer. Use a spoon to stir the simmering water into a cyclone then hold the egg dish close to the surface, and carefully slide the egg into the water while it continues to spin. Turn the heat off, cover the pot and let sit for 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to carefully remove the egg once 3 minutes has passed. Place eggs on a paper towel to remove any excess liquid before sprinkling with salt and pepper and enjoying.
Add to: soups and salads! 
 

As always, no matter how you prepare the eggs or what you choose to have them with, starting with high quality, nutrient packed ingredients is crucial to delivering a satisfactory final product. Always go with fresh pastured eggs for best results. And consider trying duck eggs to mix things up! Happy egging!

Dave Stoltzfus

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