Want to learn the secret of perfectly poached eggs?  Wondering how to cook fluffy gourmet scrambles?  These simple, step-by-step instructions explain how to perfectly cook 6 different egg preparations, from poached to fried!  You'll be cooking up perfect eggs every time and in every way!  Cooked well and not too often, eggs can be a great part of a heart-healthy diet.  They contain a variety of nutrients that can help promote brain function and good eyesight, in addition to containing lots of high quality proteins.  Enjoy the incredible, edible egg in the best ways possible with this great guide!  

Scrambled Eggs

1) Beat the eggs until frothy and evenly colored.

2) Heat a small frying pan over medium heat.

3) Add butter; turn heat down when butter melts.

4) Add the eggs and cook at low temperature. Once the eggs start to settle, stir by pushing the eggs toward the center and tilting the skillet to distribute runny parts.

5) When the eggs look almost done to your taste, season them and remove them from the heat, allowing residual heat to finish it.  

Omelets

1) Beat eggs until frothy and evenly colored.

2) Heat non-stick pan over medium heat.

3) Add butter (1 tsp/egg) and allow it to melt.

4) Add eggs. Their edges should set immediately.  Push edges toward the center with a spatula, tilting the pan to allow runny parts to cook. When the eggs reach a semi-solid consistency, pat them down into an even layer.

5) Place desired fillings on one half.  Fold other side over and slide omelet onto a serving plate!  

Poached Eggs

1)  Bring a medium sized saucepan of water to a boil (adding a generous pinch of salt).

2) Crack the egg into a small dish, and then add a drop of vinegar.

3) Stir water with a whisk until a whirlpool forms and gently slip egg into its center.

4) Turn the heat down low. Cook for 3 minutes.

5) Drain the egg and eat immediately or drop the egg into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.  

Fried Eggs

1) Heat non-stick frying pan over very low heat

2) Add butter and let it slowly melt, never letting it foam or sizzle.

3) Gently crack an egg into a dish and slide it off the dish lightly and into the pan.

4) Cover the pan with a lid.

5) Continue cooking until egg whites reach a snow white, creamy consistency (~5 min).

6) Season and serve.  

Hard-Cooked and Soft-Cooked Eggs 1) Put eggs in large pot and cover with water.

2) Bring the water up to a boil and immediately take it off the stove and cover with a tight lid.

3.1) To get soft-cooked eggs, medium-sized eggs cook for 3 minutes, and extra large eggs cook for about 5 minutes.

3.2) For hard-cooked eggs, let eggs cook for 12 minutes for medium size eggs to no more than 18 minutes for large eggs.

4) Stop the cooking by soaking the eggs in cold water once time is up.  

Deviled Eggs

1) Cook up a few hard-boiled eggs.

2) Remove shells and cut eggs in half lengthwise.

3) Remove egg yolks and place them in a bowl.

4) Add your favorite deviled egg ingredients  - bacon, green onions, sour cream, etc.

5) Mix all of the ingredients together.

6) Fill in the egg whites with the yolk mixture.

7) Garnish and serve!  

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