Ah, the egg – a staple of the weekly shopping list. No one ever gets bored of eggs. We could easily eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner without questioning the lack of variety in our diet.
We can’t get enough of them, and the fact you’re here means you probably can’t either. So we’re going to celebrate this egg love-in with five hacks to make life as an egg enthusiast even better.
1. How to easily peel a hard-boiled egg
Peeling a hard-boiled egg is a task you could do without. Here’s how to do it without the effort:
1. Quarter fill a jar with water. Pop in the egg, seal the lid and give it a good shake. The shell will come away from the egg, leaving you with a shell-less hard-boiled egg for your egg mayo sarnies.
2. Mayo in minutes
Homemade mayonnaise is the best mayonnaise. And it’s really easy to make too, especially so if you’ve a hand blender or whisk handy.
What you need:
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp lemon juice
300ml oil (the taste varies depending on the oil used so it’s worth experimenting with a few different oils)
Pinch of salt and pepper
What you need to do:
1. Grab yourself a reasonably sized jar or container.
2. Separate the egg yolks from the whites and pour them into your jar. Add the mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper and oil.
3. Gently place your whisk or hand blender into the jar and mix slowly. Keep mixing until the ingredients combine and a thick mayonnaise is formed.
3. Perfect poached eggs
One of the most delicious ways to eat and egg, but notoriously difficult to get right. Use this method, however, and you’ll never fail to turn out a perfect poached egg.
1. Put a layer of cling film into a ramekin. Add a little oil or butter so that the egg doesn’t stick to the cling film and crack in the egg.
2. Gather up the cling film and tie a knot in the end.
3. Bring a pan of water to the boil and gently submerge the egg. Cook for 5-6 minutes depending on the size of your egg.
4. How to separate an egg yolk
Some egg recipes ask you to separate the yolk from the white. Here’s how to do it without fuss:
1. Place the open end of a clean, plastic bottle onto the yolk. Squeeze the bottle to suck up the yolk. Job done!
5. How to remove egg shell
It’s bloody annoying seeing a little bit of egg shell in the egg white when you’re just about to prepare something brilliant. Fortunately, there are two simple ways to get rid of it.
1. Use half of your egg shell to scoop out the bits from the egg white. Doing this won’t disturb the egg white.
2. Dip your fingertips in water and pluck the egg shell out of there, mess-free.As pictures speak louder than words, here’s a video with all five hacks:
We can’t get enough of eggs. So we’re having a bit of an egg love-in, with five hacks to make life as an egg enthusiast even better.