Cooking eggs is one of the simplest things you can learn to do.
However, they are one of the most flexible items in the kitchen due to the numerous ways they may be cooked or utilized in dishes. Eggs are also very picky. I, for one, have never been able to cook an egg that is exactly round eggs. My egg sandwiches are typically a sloppy mess when I make them.
You can, however, buy nonstick molds or rings specifically designed to keep your eggs spherical as they cook. These molds can be purchased individually for $1.00 (£0.77 or AU$1.33) or in sets of four for $20.00 (£15.45 or AU$26.63). While it isn’t exactly a bargain, why add to the clutter in your kitchen with yet another single-purpose appliance?
You can make perfect round eggs with things you probably already have on hand. Here are four strategies that have shown to be extremely effective.
Cooking round eggs with an onion is one of the greatest methods. You don’t have to worry about the egg adhering to the onion, which you probably want it to do anyway, and it gives your egg some more taste. If you don’t want the onion, you can easily toss it after the egg is cooked.
To make Bell peppersonion round eggs ring, follow these steps:
- Cut the stem and bottom off the onion, peel it, then make full cuts parallel to the the stem cut to create rings.
- Coat the best pan with nonstick spray or a small amount of cooking oil. Take the largest of the rings and place one in the pan.
- I found that rubbing the onion into the oil or nonstick spray with a small amount of force helps keep the egg from running out of the bottom of the ring.
- Cook until the desired doneness, and optionally, you can flip the egg to hit the top side if desired.
Bell peppers aren’t completely round eggs, so don’t expect them to be. However, just with onions, utilizing rings of pepper slices can keep your eggs clean and compact enough to slap on a sandwich or spruce up a breakfast plate while also adding flavor. For those who don’t like the taste of onion, they also provide a bit extra flair and flavor to the egg.
A Mason Jar Lid Ring
The ring section of a Mason jar lid is an egg mold that can be found in practically any kitchen. However, because the egg wants to escape from under the cover, I found this method to be a little more difficult than the onion method. To avoid this, either heat the pan to medium before adding the egg to avoid scorching it, or dip the bottom edge of the ring in a raw egg before putting it to the pan to create a temporary seal.
Remember to treat the pan and the inside of the lid with nonstick spray because the ring has threads. Then, with the wider aperture on the bottom, set the ring on the pan. In the lid, crack an egg and cook it as you normally would. The lid won’t stick to the egg until you’re ready to flip it, thanks to the nonstick spray, but if the round eggs is mostly cooked, you can generally flip it without it losing its shape.
A cookie cutter is practically the same tool as a specialized egg ring without a handle, regardless of shape or size. While the handle may be useful in some situations, such as saving you the hassle of cleaning another spatula, it also prevents you from flipping the round eggs or cooking with a lid, both of which could be useful because cooking with a ring makes the egg thicker than usual. Just remember to use nonstick spray on the inside.
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