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Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 4:29 PM
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Hi folks,
Is there a method to crack eggs into a frying pan without breaking the yolks? There's nothing better at breakfast than mopping up those lovely yolks which you will not get if you break the darn thing. I crack them on the edge of my pan (rounded lip on the pan) and have maybe an 80% success rate. Am I just a klutz or is there a proper way to do this? Thanks in advance for your help.
 
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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 5:07 PM
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Watch the Video. Turn on your speakers.
http://lifehacker.com/#!5340701/crack-an-egg-with-one-hand

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 5:10 PM
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I always crack my eggs gently on the edge of a bowl, and then carefullly pull it apart with my fingers (with about a 98% success rate) but here is a video where he says to crack on the side of the bowl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaiBhWDKTNw

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 5:26 PM
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I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 6:00 PM
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Michael Hoffman


I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.

That's the famous Flat Surface Technique, not to be confused with the Side Technique or the Edge Technique. I'll be competing at the Waffle House - IHOP Olympics in June in the Left Handed Edge Technique 100's. You have to crack 100 eggs left handed on the edge of a bowl in 1 minute and the eggtestant with the least broken Yolks wins an all expense paid 7 day, 6 night trip to Egg Harbor, NJ!!!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 6:41 PM
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The edge technique can be quite precarious.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 6:44 PM
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mar52


The edge technique can be quite precarious.

True. But I've been living on the edge all my life. No Pain, No Gain!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 7:02 PM
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mar52


The edge technique can be quite precarious.


Been spending time on edges lately?

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 7:04 PM
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I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.

That's the famous Flat Surface Technique, not to be confused with the Side Technique or the Edge Technique. I'll be competing at the Waffle House - IHOP Olympics in June in the Left Handed Edge Technique 100's. You have to crack 100 eggs left handed on the edge of a bowl in 1 minute and the eggtestant with the least broken Yolks wins an all expense paid 7 day, 6 night trip to Egg Harbor, NJ!!!

Now, if the winner got an Egg Harbor skiff instead of just a trip to Egg Harbor I'd enter.


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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 8:19 PM
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I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.

That's the famous Flat Surface Technique, not to be confused with the Side Technique or the Edge Technique. I'll be competing at the Waffle House - IHOP Olympics in June in the Left Handed Edge Technique 100's. You have to crack 100 eggs left handed on the edge of a bowl in 1 minute and the eggtestant with the least broken Yolks wins an all expense paid 7 day, 6 night trip to Egg Harbor, NJ!!!

Now, if the winner got an Egg Harbor skiff instead of just a trip to Egg Harbor I'd enter.

You like old wooden boats? Me Too! My Dream Boat is a classic Wooden Chris Craft IO Runabout! I can hear the deep purr of one now! We can get Jethro Gibbs from NCIS to work on them with us!
There's an Antique Boat Center down in Cincinnati. Also one in NJ.
http://www.antiqueboat.com/ 
http://www.woodenboatsnj.com/30to40ft.html
As well as an Antique & Classic Boat Society:
http://www.acbs.org/

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 8:22 PM
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When it comes to cracking eggs, I would listen to Michael!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 8:30 PM
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I once had a 20 foot 1948 Chris Craft Custom Runabout. It burned lots of gas.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 8:33 PM
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I once had a 20 foot 1948 Chris Craft Custom Runabout. It burned lots of gas.

Do you realize how much that would be worth today?$$$$$$$$$$$$
Should have traded in the Bride and kept the Boat!!!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 9:08 PM
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Don't fry on a pre heated pan thars too hot, lay egg on the counter crack with a sharp knife, quick crack, nothing hard , in the middle slowly relase the egg into the pan, if it breaks the caul is too thin, eat it with my compliments anyhow... btw, fry it in bacon fat.
 

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 9:20 PM
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If you raise your own chickens, the shells are harder and dont shatter when cracking into the pan and the yolks are much firmer too!
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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 10:26 PM
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I once had a 20 foot 1948 Chris Craft Custom Runabout. It burned lots of gas.

Do you realize how much that would be worth today?$$$$$$$$$$$$
Should have traded in the Bride and kept the Boat!!!

I didn't have a bride. I was 15, and I bought the boat from the bottom of Long Island Sound for $500. It cost me almost $1000 to get it in shape and I sold it on my 17th birthday for $4,500.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/6/11 11:21 PM
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I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 3:16 AM
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I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................

I'm still trying to master flipping eggs without using a spatula. Haven't got that flip of the wrist down pat yet. I think it's a mental block, I tense up instead of just relaxing and flipping it. I may need to seek therapy and counseling from a Waffle House Chef! Need to build up my confidence level.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 5:16 AM
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Many thanks to all who replied. I'll be trying all of these techniques beginning in an hour or so. As always I enjoyed the lively discussions and I'll post back in a few days with my results.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 7:56 AM
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Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 8:35 AM
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I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................

I'm still trying to master flipping eggs without using a spatula. Haven't got that flip of the wrist down pat yet. I think it's a mental block, I tense up instead of just relaxing and flipping it. I may need to seek therapy and counseling from a Waffle House Chef! Need to build up my confidence level.
 

I train my breakfast cooks by having them practice with a egg pan and a slice of bread. Keep on flipping the bread using your wrist with very little movement with your arm. The egg should not flip very high off the pan, it should just roll over. I have them practice making the omelets first "they are more forgiving" by flipping over the grill area. We use egg pans and omelet pans in the Cafe, I also use them at home. Practice with the bread, keep your arm close to your body so it doesn't move around very much. The egg should move freely in the pan and not stick. I  crack the eggs into a small bowl and then slide them into the pan....pnwc

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 9:10 AM
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flat surface or edge doesn't matter really as per breaking the egg. It more has to do with shell pieces. I've never broke the egg from craking it - if it breaks, it happens on entry or on the flip, of which I've learned to more or less avoid through practice. to avoid pan entry breaks, dropping gently it into a bowl is a technique that works - but I don't always want to dirty another small bowl.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 12:02 PM
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Go out for breakfast.
That's the only guarantee for 100% sauces rate. Chow Jim 

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 12:58 PM
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Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.


Annpeeples,
   I saw you wrote that you cooked at Waffle House and Lums...... do you have any (or hopefully all) of the recipes that they had..... I collect recipes from restaurants, diners, and old closed eateries and try to jump at the chance to find cooks that either saved or remember the recipes..... .....  it would be great to hear from you....... and just in case anyone else worked in an older eatery and has recipes, let me know.....I'll start a new
message thread in the region after I write this.....  and yes, just in case since all are so
helpful, I do know about UNCLE PHAEDRUS, Recipegoldmine, Kopycat and most all the
"taste-the-same or copycat" recipe sites that have old restaurant recipes.  But I still like
contacting the actual cooks because if they made the recipe hundreds of times, you never forget it (GRIN)...
 
Thanks and take care,
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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 1:15 PM
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Crack them on the rim of a highball glass and gently pull the shells apart above the glass.  Works for me every time.  You can crack as many as you want first into the glass and then fry them all up. This way they will all cook evenly since they all enter the pan at the same exact time.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 3:57 PM
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I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................

I'm still trying to master flipping eggs without using a spatula. Haven't got that flip of the wrist down pat yet. I think it's a mental block, I tense up instead of just relaxing and flipping it. I may need to seek therapy and counseling from a Waffle House Chef! Need to build up my confidence level.
 

I train my breakfast cooks by having them practice with a egg pan and a slice of bread. Keep on flipping the bread using your wrist with very little movement with your arm. The egg should not flip very high off the pan, it should just roll over. I have them practice making the omelets first "they are more forgiving" by flipping over the grill area. We use egg pans and omelet pans in the Cafe, I also use them at home. Practice with the bread, keep your arm close to your body so it doesn't move around very much. The egg should move freely in the pan and not stick. I  crack the eggs into a small bowl and then slide them into the pan....pnwc

THANX PNWC!
A great tip! Guess what I'll be doing this afternoon!. I have good, non-stick egg pans,
Definately not as messy as using the real thing and having them end up on the floor!
To paraphrase a song---
" Eggs on the Floor, Eggs on the Floor,
Lookin' Like a Fool With Your Eggs on the Floor!"

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 4:02 PM
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Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.
 
 

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 4:11 PM
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mar52


Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.


And Never put an egg in the shell in your microwave!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 5:17 PM
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mar52


Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.


And Never put an egg in the shell in your microwave!


Nothing wrong with cooking an egg in its shell in amicrowave. Just poke a hole in it first with a needle.
 
(Second grade science experiment by grandson)

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 5:41 PM
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mar52


Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.


And Never put an egg in the shell in your microwave!


Nothing wrong with cooking an egg in its shell in amicrowave. Just poke a hole in it first with a needle.

(Second grade science experiment by grandson)

Inquiring minds want to know, why bother?


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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Thu, 04/7/11 5:52 PM
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I don't remember. I just remember that it was an assignment.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 2:20 AM
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mar52


Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.


And Never put an egg in the shell in your microwave!


Nothing wrong with cooking an egg in its shell in a microwave. Just poke a hole in it first with a needle.

(Second grade science experiment by grandson)

Oh Ya? But let him try it when the un-poked egg in the mouth of the family cat!
I'm sure someone of your devious nature could "Egg Him On!"
 That's what Grandfathers are for---Create Mayhem.
And that's why Grandfathers and their Grandsons get along so well------They have a common enemy!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 5:20 PM
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Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.

Ann, you worked at Waffle House and Lum's? How about that! 
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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 5:29 PM
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Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.

You worked at Waffle House???? I KNEW I liked you!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 5:55 PM
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Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.


that's what we did at Big Boy's, too. not pan though, we had a flat grill. Usually opened with one hand while I flipped another egg over easy with my right hand.
 
 

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 6:19 PM
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Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.


that's what we did at Big Boy's, too. not pan though, we had a flat grill. Usually opened with one hand while I flipped another egg over easy with my right hand.

You're a multi-tasker huh?
IMHO, Fried Eggs should never be cooked on a flattop. Only in a pan. When eggs are cooked on a flattop, the whites tend to spread too far. In a pan, the whites of the eggs are kept from spreading, allowing for a more evenly cooked egg and a better plate presentation.  Same goes for Scrambled Eggs and Omelets. Never had fluffy scrambled eggs or an omelet cooked on a flattop.
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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 6:49 PM
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God, long time ago-I worked at both in Florida in the lates 70s-thats where Bob and I had eloped to. And I agree, I did not cook the eggs on the flat top, in a pan like "chef Louis" taught me at Lums. Never could master flipping the egg in the pan..

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 7:52 PM
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At Waffle House restaurants they break the eggs to be fried directly into the skillets. Eggs to be scrambled are broken into a bowl, and eggs for omelets are broken into a mixer cup.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Fri, 04/8/11 8:14 PM
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Yes, we broke the eggs directly into the pan for fried, and the others as you describe, Mr. Hoffman.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Sat, 04/9/11 1:27 AM
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At Waffle House restaurants they break the eggs to be fried directly into the skillets. Eggs to be scrambled are broken into a bowl, and eggs for omelets are broken into a mixer cup.

And that's why Waffle House RULES and Cleveland ROCKS!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Sat, 04/9/11 6:01 AM
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I prefer eggs cooked in a pan, but one of my favorite local spots uses a flat top for eggs and omelets.  While they do an exemplary job on both, it took a while before they aced the soft scramble that I often order.  

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Sun, 04/10/11 10:22 AM
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I always crack my eggs on a flat surface.  The trick is to give then a good whack, enough so that when you pull apart the shell with both thumbs you have a cracked part of the shell to pull on.  I fry eggs in either bacon grase or melted butter.  Frying pan on medium heat 4-5 mintues, hold the egg close to the bottom of the pan, pull apart egg.  Do not touch the egg for 1-2 minutes.  For over easy, wait until you can no longer see the bottom of the pan, flip the egg away from you(so you don't get a grease burn!!).  Fry 1-2 minutes more, add salt & pepper.  I test the egg by touching the while closest to the yolk.  It is done(runny yolk) when the white feels solid.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Tue, 04/12/11 7:54 PM
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Ok you want to mop up the yoke, here yah go........crack the eggs in a small bowl..

you need to buy a pan like this, then melt some butter in the pan

these are almost ready to flip....

nice and easy, ready, set.........FLIP
Great job they didn't break, now wait a bit and flip them back over on to the plate

I cut into the egg to show you how nice and runny the yoke is........I hope this helped, it couldn't hurt............have fun............pnwc
 
 
 

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Tue, 04/12/11 7:56 PM
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Not bad, for an amateur.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Tue, 04/12/11 8:52 PM
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I'm hoping to get my degree from Hoffman Culinary Institute...... then get my Masters in Maryland BBQ

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Tue, 04/12/11 9:05 PM
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I cannot, of course, help you with that michegoss Maryland BBQ, but as someone who spent time at the Culinary Institute of America when it was still located off Whitney Avenue in New Haven I shall do my best to assist you in your culinary learning.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Tue, 04/12/11 9:12 PM
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Very nice, PNWCHEF. Now I am going to go make some eggs...

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Tue, 04/12/11 10:01 PM
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I need that pan!

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 12:46 AM
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All yolking aside, why is it when I order eggs over medium in a restaurant, the inside whites are never done?   Seems like they're only done right when I cook them myself.
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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 2:29 AM
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MellowRoast


All yolking aside, why is it when I order eggs over medium in a restaurant, the inside whites are never done?   Seems like they're only done right when I cook them myself.

Getting eggs over easy, over medium, over hard is very hard to do. Too many variables, Temp of the pan, Temp of the egg. skill of the cook etc.


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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 7:00 AM
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It's certainly frustrating.  If I mention that I want the inside whites cooked, they burn the outside whites!  A local food editor complains how hard it is to get soft-scrambled eggs properly prepared, too, and I agree with her on that.  

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 7:51 AM
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It's certainly frustrating.  If I mention that I want the inside whites cooked, they burn the outside whites!  A local food editor complains how hard it is to get soft-scrambled eggs properly prepared, too, and I agree with her on that.  


I think most of the problem is they are always in a hurry during breakfast. The medium eggs are rushed and come out closer to over easy. I also agree, scrambled eggs when done right should be soft and melt in your mouth. Again, in order to do this it takes the cooks attention to turn down the flame and pay attention to do it right. There is nothing like getting them done right, right out of the pan cooked the way you like it. The front line during a busy breakfast rush is "Controlled Chaos" when you find the place that cares enough to do your eggs right, stick with them, they are far and few between......................pnwc

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 8:19 AM
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Yes, you're right.  I believe they cook them hurriedly and at too high a temperature.  When I prepare them at home, it's over lower heat.  Chef Guenther Krupp, now retired, showed me, a customer, how to cook eggs back in the '70s, and I still follow his instructions to this day.  By the way, I love this story:
 
“Master French Chef Fernand Point (1897-1955) would test visiting chefs with a challenge to show him how they fried a simple egg, declaring that the easiest dishes were often the most difficult to prepare. When the chef insulted the egg with the sizzling hot surface of a frying pan, Point would cry, "Stop, unhappy man - you are making a dog’s bed of it!" And then he would proceed to demonstrate the one and only civilized manner of treating an egg. Very slowly, very gently, and swimming in butter...”
 
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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 12:25 PM
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Ok so your still having a problem with cracking eggs ??? save the broken ones and make a Omelet.........
  Chopped Peppers, onions, sliced mushrooms, spinach, shredded Colby jack & Cheddar and mozzarella cheese.........

Sautee the vegetables in some butter.....

heat the egg pan with some butter, put in two mixed eggs...

Bleed the eggs from the top to the bottom by lifting a portion of the omelet so the raw egg runs to the bottom of the pan....put in sauteed veggies when there is about 80% raw egg left on top.... you will see why I put the veggies in now..........

Flip the omelet over and put the cheese on top, the heat from the pan will be enough to cook the remaining egg. don't over cook or have any brown on the egg omelet.......

when you slide the omelet onto the plate you will have all the veggies on top for a great presentation, the cheese will be melted on the inside. The egg is tender and soft............

This is ready to eat with a good dose of hot sauce .........enjoy,,,,pnwc

 
 
 

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 12:31 PM
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Why do you add poison to your omelets?

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 12:39 PM
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Why do you add poison to your omelets?

because if I didn't put mushrooms in the omelet, you would want one............

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 12:40 PM
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Damn! Can't argue with that.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 12:58 PM
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Eggcellent!
 
(Sorry, too many years of selling Big Green Eggs)
 
I'd eat that, poison and all.
Now, please post a video of you flipping the fried eggs and omelets.  They are beautiful.  Keep posting the step by steps!  Please.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 1:00 PM
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Don't encourage him.

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Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question - Wed, 04/13/11 1:06 PM
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mar52


Eggcellent!

(Sorry, too many years of selling Big Green Eggs)

I'd eat that, poison and all.
Now, please post a video of you flipping the fried eggs and omelets.  They are beautiful.  Keep posting the step by steps!  Please.


Mar, next time I'm in LA, I'll bring you an egg pan..............I still owe you lunch

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