Experiment with Eggs
Eggs are versatile, inexpensive, full of nutritional value, and a great staple in any paleo follower’s refrigerator. Not only are eggs great on their own, for breakfast or any paleo meal of the day, but they’re also included in a great deal of paleo recipes. Typically, when many people think of eggs they automatically think scrambled or hard-boiled, but there are a number of ways to cook an egg, each of which will give the egg a unique taste and texture.
With any cooking method you choose for your eggs, it’s important to remember that a medium to low temperature setting works best. When eggs are cooked for too long, or on a heat setting that is too high, you run the risk of getting a result that is tough and had a rubbery texture.
If you are going to go the trusted route and scramble your egg, a few tips will ensure it’s cooked perfectly. When scrambling, handle the eggs gently and push them back and forth in the pan with an inverted spatula or utensil. When scrambling, continue pulling during the cooking process, but do not stir constantly.
If you decide to be more adventurous in your egg preparation, or a recipe calls for a different style of egg-preparation, there are a few rules of thumb that can be followed for the best result.
Poached eggs can seem to be the most intimidating for many people. To poach the perfect egg, heat 2 to 3 inches of water in a large saucepan or deep skillet. Bring the water to a boil, and once it is boiling, reduce to keep the water simmering. The eggs should be broken while cold, into a saucer or custard cup, and then while holding the dish close to the water, the eggs should be slipped, one by one into the simmering water. A poached egg should be cooked from 3 to 5 minutes. The whites of the egg should be set, and the yolk should just be starting to thicken, but not be hard. Don’t stir the eggs, and remove from the water with a slotted spoon. Eggs that are extremely fresh work best for poaching.
There are a couple of methods for cooking fried eggs that are common: sunny-side up and over easy. To prepare sunny-side up eggs, add a paleo-friendly oil to a skillet over medium-high heat, and break the eggs, slipping them into the pan individually and reduce the heat to a low setting. To prepare sunny-side up eggs, cover the pan during cooking and cook them slowly. Cook time for sunny-side up eggs is generally around 5 minutes, and the whites should be completely set, and the yolk of the egg should just be starting to thicken. Over-easy eggs are prepared similarly to sunny-side up, but do not cover the pan during cooking. When the first side that is being cooked appears to have whites that are set completely, slide a spatula under the egg and turn carefully, cooking on the second side for 30 seconds to one minute.
Eggs are easily added to any paleo meal, and it can be fun to experiment with cooking methods to see which style of egg best suits your taste. Regardless of the cooking method you select, when cooking eggs or paleo recipes with eggs, keep in mind that they should be heated to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit or 71 degrees Celsius.