Are you an avid egg eater and rightly convinced about all the health benefits to be had from this perfectly packaged but natural convenience food?
You might be someone who frequently boils their eggs for a soft boiled breakfast egg or a hardboiled one for a lunchtime salad dish.
Either way, you have a new option to ensure the perfect egg.
And this option is to steam your eggs instead of boiling them.
There are some good reasons for considering a change!
- Steaming an egg will avoid that unwanted green ring around the yolk.
- Steaming an egg will make them easier to peel.
- Your egg will be more tender because it will have been cooked more gently.
- Steaming an egg makes them less likely to crack.
- Your eggs will cook more quickly too.
Remember that old joke about "Does he or she even know how to boil an egg?" Instead, it can be changed to...
How to steam an egg
Add an inch of water to the bottom of a pot. Insert a steamer, cover the pot and put it on the heat. Once the water has heated enough to start steaming, gently add the eggs by using a pair of tongs.
Cook for about 6 minutes for soft boiled eggs
and 11 to 12 minutes for hard boiled eggs
(depending on how many eggs are in the steaming pot).
As soon as the eggs have cooked sufficiently, put into cold water to stop the cooking process.
Making sure you have the best possible eggs to steam
The best way to ensure you’re buying those eggs with the most health benefits? Well fed and cared for hens will produce eggs that have a deep orange yolk and a white that is not watery. There is often a difference between pastured eggs and free range eggs. With some free range eggs, chickens are not directed to go outside even though they can. In the case of pastured chickens, they are persuaded outside in the morning and stay outside for hours before being corralled back into the coop in the afternoon.
These are the eggs you want to be able to buy. They are the best and the more expensive. You can find out more about the best eggs here.