Newest Review: ... not only as its nicer to the chickens but the eggs taste nicer and more rich. Different types of hens lay different eggs so its always wor... more
Giving Eggs the Hard Shell
Eggs in General
Member Name: Kitchenbunny
Eggs in General
Advantages: Versatile and easy to cook
Disadvantages: Can sometimes be expensive buying free-range in supermarkets
Fried, scrambled, boiled . . . eggs are one of the most versatile and underrated health foods you can buy. They are a good base ingredient for every kind of meal and can provide healthy meals for not much money at all.
For breakfast, you could boil one. I remember boiled eggs when I was growing up, dipping buttered fingers of bread into the slightly runny yolk - mmm. Beaten together with a little milk you can have a plain omelette or scrambled eggs on toast. All of which dishes are created with little fuss. However, the omelette can have all kinds of fridge-based things added to it, and that's when it turns into a lunch or sometimes even a main meal for me.
Sliced cooked potatoes, ham, cheese, sliced mushrooms and onions, peppers - the list goes on. If I have some eggs, and a variety of things to use up in the bottom of the fridge, I'll make an omelette to use them up as it takes no time at all.
Another way I use eggs - baking. I love to bake cakes and other goodies, and this is a good way to use up eggs that are close to their use by dates. Not that there are usually that many eggs left over here, but when I do I make a cake with them and put them into the freezer.
Then again, there are lots of other ways to eat eggs in main dishes. Without eggs, batter would be a disaster, and dishes like toad in the hole would flop. Hard-boiled eggs are a brilliant topping to salads or kedgerees, and I do like a fried egg on top of a corned beef hash or gammon steak.
The prices vary widely between supermarkets and normal markets. I tend to buy a dozen free range eggs from the market as they are cheaper than supermarkets. There, free range eggs can be a lot higher in price due to additional marketing and packaging costs, whereas the market has no need of that as people will buy eggs anyway. Naturally, there are eggs on sale from caged hens too, and these are generally lower in price.
Eggs, beyond the normal fry-up, sometimes get overlooked, but with a bit of know-how they can be an essential part of mealtimes.
Summary: So quick and versatile, it makes a meal