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Go to Work on an Egg!

Added April 18, 2017, Under: How To, Nutrition

broken brown egg is among the whites of eggs.

“Go to work on an egg!” was a very popular advertizing slogan back in the 1960s when eggs were considered to be a highly nutritious food – and before the decades-long misconception that egg yolks were a contributing factor to heart disease.

The thinking behind the slogan was that a substantial breakfast was essential for anyone to start the day so that they could go to their place of employment, to school or carry out the household chores with the right fuel to get the work done!

Eggs have now received the “full steam ahead” approval

For too long, nutritionists “egged on” by so called experts were advising the public to limit egg consumption to three per week until this poor advice fell away with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (in the USA) finally admitting in 2015 that it was not the cholesterol in foods that affected cholesterol levels in the blood.  

PRWeb reports that “fifty years of medical advice was wrong” with Professor Dan Radar of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee saying “The scandal here is that it’s taken so long for science to get incorporated into nutritional guidelines.”

He continues: “Most of the cholesterol in our blood is not derived from our diets. Every cell in your body makes cholesterol. The old guidelines were based on a wrong assumption. We now know that cholesterol in the diet makes very little difference in terms of bad cholesterol in blood.”

As recently as 2016, a government food safety committee admitted that it was actually safe for pregnant women to eat raw or lightly cooked eggs as long as they came from a trusted source.

Make sure to choose organic free range eggs

Free range eggs come from chickens that literally roam freely on farms where they are able to get a varied diet. They can eat bugs, grubs, grasses and other plants which will give them a variety of nutrients. They are often kept with a rooster which means the eggs are fertilized. They can enjoy the sunshine, the fresh air and a dust bath whenever they feel the need to clean their plumage. An egg is considered organic if the chicken is only fed organic food, which means it will not have accumulated high levels of pesticides from the grains fed to typical chickens.

Eggs are one of the first foods we learn to cook

What could be easier for a young teen or a student living away from home than making themselves a boiled egg?  A nutritious breakfast, or anytime meal, filled with goodness.  And yet, we are often fussy about how we manage to achieve a perfect boiled egg.

Soft boiled egg

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and gently add the egg(s).  Stir the water and egg around the pot for sixty seconds.  This will center the yolk inside the egg white, yielding a more evenly cooked egg.  Stop stirring and simmer the egg, reducing the heat as necessary to maintain a light bubble, for three and a half minutes longer. Remove the egg and plunge into an ice bath.  When the egg is cool enough to handle, peel it carefully. Alternatively, set the hot egg in an egg cup and use an egg topper to remove the pointed end of the egg.  Serve with a small spoon and toast soldiers.

Hard boiled egg

Put the egg(s) in a saucepan of cold water and bring to a full boil.  Once you see big bubbles, remove the pan from the heat and let stand for eight minutes for a softer yolk, ten minutes if you like the yolks firmer.  Plunge the eggs into an ice bath and let cool.  Crack the egg against a flat surface.  Peel the egg and rinse under the running water to remove any bits of shell.  Eat right away or refrigerate until ready to serve.

My easier method!

I have been cooking boiled eggs for years.  I prefer a soft yolk and a firm white and I achieve this by placing a couple of eggs (room temperature as I do not store eggs in the refrigerator) in a pot of cold water.  Turn on to full heat and when the water starts to boil, remove the egg and place in egg cup.  After a couple of minutes, I pop off the top of the egg with my spoon, add some natural salt into the soft yolk and enjoy with a slice of granary loaf toast and plenty of “grass fed” butter.  For a firm yolk for my husband, I leave his eggs in the boiling water for a further couple of minutes.  And I find I have an almost 100% success rate.

Of course there are other ways to cook eggs and here is one suggestion.

How strong is your egg?

Eggs are surprisingly strong – they have to be with the mother hen sitting on them without any breakages.  They can even survive the weight of a person walking over them. The tops and bottom of the eggs are the most strong with the curve of their shell distributing pressure evenly.

Are you and your family getting into the habit of “going to work on an egg”?

 

A flock of chickens roam freely in a lush green paddock near Clarkefield in Victoria, Australia

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