How To: 40 Damn Cool Things You Can Do with Eggs

40 Damn Cool Things You Can Do with Eggs

All day I dream of eggs: scrambled, poached, over easy, hard-boiled, fried, baked, raw... Okay, the last one is a joke (unless you're Gaston, which means that you eat five dozen of them and you're roughly the size of a barge). But eggs are freaking good in just about any cooking prep, and more often than not are the foundation of your favorite baked goods.

Food Hacks Daily has a special place in its heart for these protein-packed wonders—in fact, we find them to be quite egg-cellent (sorry not sorry)—so here is an extensive list of everything eggy.

Can you tell a good egg from a bad egg? (Literally, I mean.) Or did you know that you can freeze eggs that are about to go bad to use later? Then get ready to have some knowledge dropped on you.

1. Put an Egg in a Glass of Water to See if It's Still Good or Not

If it floats, then trash it. If it sinks, then you're still good to go, regardless of what the expiration date on the carton tells you.

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2. Use an Eggshell to Remove Smaller Shell Pieces Out of a Cracked Egg

It's the fastest way to remove shell fragments—and a lot less frustrating than using your fingers or a spoon.

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3. There's No Regulation on What a 'Natural' Label for Eggs Really Means

The same goes for no antibiotics or no hormones—so if you want to really ensure that you're eating natural eggs, go with cartons labeled "USDA Organic."

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4. Eggshells Are a Great Addition to Your Compost Pile

Don't toss those eggshells—they're awesome for your compost pile, for your coffee (!), for scrubbing dishes, and more.

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5. You Can Add Eggs to Almost Any of Your Leftovers to Make Them Even Better

Turn your spaghetti into a casserole pie, your mashed potatoes into fried potato balls, your leftover bread into French toast... and if all else fails, throw it in a scramble and call it a day. Eggs can make any leftovers better.

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6. Use a Water Bottle or Turkey Baster to Separate Egg Yolks from Egg Whites

Put your egg(s) in a shallow bowl, then press slightly on the water bottle above the egg yolk and suck the yolk into the bottle while leaving the white behind. Easy peasy.

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7. Put Your Eggs in Warm Water for 5-7 Minutes to Bring Them to Room Temperature

Very helpful tip for recipes that require all of the ingredients to be at room temperature.

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8. Use a Mug to Make Egg Salad

No need for potato mashers when you've got mugs, man.

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9. You Can Use a Potato Ricer for Egg Salads, Too

Just put your hard-boiled eggs in the ricer and squeeze.

10. Better Yet, Use a Cooling Rack

If you're making a ton of egg salad (or any recipe that requires a lot of chopped eggs), just press your eggs through a cooling rack and into a large bowl.

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11. Freeze Your Eggs Before They Go Bad So You Can Use Them Later

Also a really great tip for saving any leftover egg whites or yolks. Just put the (cracked) eggs in ice cube trays, freeze, then store in freezer-safe bags for later use.

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12. Know a Friend Allergic to Eggs? Substitute Eggs in Your Recipe With...

Bananas, applesauce, flaxseeds, or even blood (no, seriously). Check out the full list for the deets.

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Hard-boiled eggs sure don't smell pretty, but the stink is worth the delicious flavor and texture.

13. Use a Thin Thread to Slice Your Egg in Half for Beautiful Deviled Eggs

No jagged edges, no problem! You can also use unwaxed, unflavored dental floss to achieve the same smooth results.

14. Avoid the Greenish Tint Around Your Yolk by Avoiding a Rolling Boil

Once the water is simmering, turn it off and cover the pot. This will prevent overcooking, which results in that nasty green ring.

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15. Want to Make More Than Egg Salad? Brûlée Your Hard-Boiled Eggs

Sprinkle the cut edges of your hard-boiled eggs, then use a brûlée torch to caramelize the sugar. The result? So. Freaking. Good.

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16. Steam Your Eggs, Don't Boil Them, for the Ultimate Easy-Peel Shells

Put around half an inch of water at the bottom of the pan, then set the heat to high. When the water starts steaming, put the eggs you want to cook into the pot carefully, then cover the pot and turn off the heat. After 10-12 minutes, the eggs will be super-easy to peel!

17. If You Need a Lot of Hard-Boiled Eggs at Once, Bake Them Instead

Place a damp towel on the oven rack, then put your eggs on top. Set the oven at 320°F, and set your timer for 30 minutes (no need to preheat). When the eggs are done cooking, just pick up the towel (being careful to avoid the rack) and place the eggs in an ice bath to finish cooking.

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18. Another Easy-Peel Trick? Boil the Eggs with Baking Soda

Then, crack both ends—when you blow from the wider side of the egg, the egg will pop right out of the shell!

19. Got Leftover Pickle Juice? Use It to Pickle Your Hard-Boiled Egg!

Just plop your egg in the juice and let it sit overnight.

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20. Or, You Can Simmer Your Eggs in Tea to Make Tea-Flavored Eggs

Soft boil your eggs first, then gently crack the egg all over before simmering it with your preferred tea for 30-40 minutes. The result is both gorgeous and delicious.

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21. Make a 'Golden Egg' by Scrambling a Raw Egg Before Hard-Boiling It

Put the egg in a stocking, wind up both sides about 20-25 times, then pull both sides to spin the egg. Repeat about 10 times, then cook.

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22. Impress Your Sweetie by Making Her a Heart-Shaped Egg for Valentine's Day

Take a freshly-boiled egg, wedge it into the cut-off corner of a milk carton, then place a chopstick on top and secure it with rubber bands on either end and let it sit for 10 minutes to make the shape permanent.

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There's no shame in admitting you prefer scrambled eggs over everything else (you monster, you).

23. Scramble & Bake All Your Eggs at Once & Eat Them Over the Week

If you use a sheet pan to bake them in advance, you'll be enjoying scrambled eggs with little fuss whenever you want them.

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24. To Make a Perfect French Omelet, No Flipping Is Required

The key is low heat and patience for that silky-smooth interior.

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25. Bake Your Omelet in the Oven to Make a Quiche-Soufflé Hybrid!

The egg mixture puffs up beautifully in the oven.

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26. Cook a Bunch of Omelets at Once Using Plastic Bags & Boiling Water

No need for separate pans or mess—just make omelets to order in bags, then boil the bags for 13 minutes. Once the omelets are done, they can be immediately transferred from bag to plate.

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27. Use Any Leftover Champagne to Brighten Up Your Scrambled Eggs

Even flat champagne will brighten the color and flavor of your eggs.

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28. Sparkling Water Can Make Your Scrambled Eggs Fluffier

Just add a few teaspoons to your scrambled eggs before cooking.

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Don't fear the poaching process, embrace it... or something zen like that. Either way, it's easier than you think.

29. Use Fresh Eggs for the Best Result

Remember that egg test? If the egg is on its side at the bottom of the glass of water, it's fresh and ready to be poached. Check out more foolproof tips for awesome poached eggs in this comprehensive article.

30. Poach Eggs in Tomato Sauce, Milk & Even Beer for Tastier Results

Poaching eggs in water is so boring, man.

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31. Take Your Poached Egg to the Next Level by Pan-Frying It

Fried breading makes everything taste better, and don't you tell me otherwise.

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32. Looking for an Easy Way Out? Poach Your Egg in the Microwave

Put your egg in a microwave-safe bowl, add water and a bit of vinegar, then cover it and zap it for around a minute. Ta-dah!

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From breakfast to after-dinner cocktails, make sure your eggs are always on point.

33. Use Stockings & Herbs to Imprint Beautiful Designs on Easter Eggs

Place the herb on your eggshell, then carefully cover it with a stocking and dip it in the dye. Once the dye has dried, the pattern will stand out.

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34. Bake Cake in Your Eggshells for a Different Take on Easter Eggs

Drain the eggs, then carefully pour batter into the shells, place the eggs in a muffin pan, and bake.

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35. Make These Fluffy Egg Clouds by Whipping the Separated Egg Whites

You'll add the egg yolk onto the whipped egg whites, then bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 375°F.

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36. Make Eggs Perfect for Your Breakfast Sandwich with a Mason Jar Lid

You can crack the eggs into the lid directly, then let them cook in the pan and remove the lid when they're done.

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37. Whisk Your Egg Whites to Make a Picture-Perfect Sunny-Side Up Egg

Use a butter knife to whisk the egg white in a bowl (while avoiding the egg yolk, of course), then cook as normal.

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38. Cook Your Eggs in Tomatoes, Potatoes, Avocados, Bell Peppers...

Yeah, you can cook your egg in toast, but there are so many more interesting ways to eat them.

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39. Make Your Cocktails Frothy & Creamy with the Addition of Egg Whites

Just add egg white to your shaker along with the rest of your cocktail ingredients, then shake for a minute before adding ice.

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40. Yes, You Can Make Meringues in the Microwave

We had to end this list on a sweet note—just place your meringue "dough" on paper towels and microwave it for a few minutes. They'll be picture-perfect.

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It's been real, fellow egg-heads. Good luck and good eats!

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this is great. thanks for all the tips! bake instead of hard boil? gotta try that one. also, tim ferris is one of my heros.

Great post! #2 can also be done by wetting your fingers with water. YOu'll get that piece out in no time!

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