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I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 19, 2013 08:31PM
I know how, it just seems like I've lost my touch. They come out brown, busted, lacy on the edges, broken up, and general unappealing. Also, they're too hard when I want them a little runny.

I've tried non-stick pans and Lodge cast iron like God intended for us to use. No bacon grease and lots of bacon grease. Putting a lid on them. Starting off cold. Starting off hot. The white doesn't firm up right. The yolk busts open when I flip them. They scorch in a heartbeat.

Some of the problem may be my glass-top stove. It's hard to regulate the temperature on it.

I gave up and just scrambled them for years, but now I realized I like the taste of fried eggs better, but they just don't come out like I want them to - pretty with about 1/3 of the yolk runny.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 19, 2013 08:33PM
Yep.. it's the glass top stove. I have the same problem, although I'm not brave enough to put cast iron on it. replaced the glass top once already.

I got a microwave egg poacher. Works OK for me.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: RgrF
Date: August 19, 2013 08:39PM
May be best for your health if you never regain that ability.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 19, 2013 08:41PM
I don't have any problem with cast iron on the glass top as far as damage goes. Just don't slide it or drop it. I just can't cook on it. I never know how hot it's going to end up, and there's no rhyme or reason to the numbers when turning it up or down.

I don't want poached eggs. I want classic fried eggs.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: August 19, 2013 08:45PM
You could try purchasing an item similar to this:
[www.amazon.com]
— perfect for your cast iron pan.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 19, 2013 08:47PM
Here's a tip if you can't execute the flip: shortly after the whites have begun to firm from the bottom, add an ounce or two of water and cover. The steam will cook the tops of the eggs.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: DP
Date: August 19, 2013 08:51PM
Learn to flip it; no spatula. Just a nice easy movement where you "shovel" the pan away from you and then lift. The eggs should do a 180 and let the pan drop to catch them but not hold it rigid-the yolks will break then. Let the pan fall as you catch them. I also lower the heat so that they won't brown before whites cook. HTH.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: August 19, 2013 08:52PM
I have one of those infernal glass-topped stoves, too.

I put the pan on and turn the burner medium-low on and wait 15-20 minutes. By then the temp has stabilized.

I also have a nice All-Clad griddle, but pulling it out for a few fried eggs is too much trouble.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: August 19, 2013 08:53PM
It sounds like you have the pan too hot when you put the egg(s) in. I would use the setting between low and medium to preheat the pan. I use bacon grease, like a tablespoon of it, in an 8" non-stick skillet. I can flip mine by hand but if you are having trouble with the yolk breaking then use a large spatula to gently roll it over in the pan.

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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 19, 2013 08:55PM
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DP
Learn to flip it; no spatula. Just a nice easy movement where you "shovel" the pan away from you and then lift. The eggs should do a 180 and let the pan drop to catch them but not hold it rigid-the yolks will break then. Let the pan fall as you catch them. I also lower the heat so that they won't brown before whites cook. HTH.

Oil splash all over the kitchen
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: davester
Date: August 19, 2013 08:57PM
Definitely sounds like the pan is too hot. You can roughly figure out the temp by dripping some drops of water on it as it's cooking and see how quickly they pop. I feel your pain regarding your stove (and any electric stove). I ripped an infernal electric stove out of our house shortly after we moved in. Gas is the only way to go if you're a cook.



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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 19, 2013 09:15PM
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A-Polly
You could try purchasing an item similar to this:
[www.amazon.com]
— perfect for your cast iron pan.

Wouldn't that be like going from the frying pan into the fire? Or is induction cooking different than glass top cooking?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/19/2013 09:32PM by Dennis S.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 19, 2013 09:28PM
Pick up one of those inexpensive butane stoves.

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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: bruceko
Date: August 19, 2013 09:52PM
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Dennis S
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A-Polly
You could try purchasing an item similar to this:
[www.amazon.com]
— perfect for your cast iron pan.

Wouldn't that be like going from the frying pan into the fire? Or is induction cooking different than glass top cooking?
Induction is very different than radiant glass cooktops. Traditional glass tops use radiant heat. The induction uses magnetism to excite the atoms in steel or iron pans to create the heat. It is very fast to heat up but gives fine control of the temperature of the pan. when you turn the level down the heat in the pan drops almost instantly. On ours we can boil water in about 3 munutes but if I turn it down it will almost stop boiling instantly
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: August 19, 2013 10:00PM
I use a nonstick pan and a couple silicone rings. I put a bit of unsalted butter in each ring and when it's melted I add the eggs. I try to finish pouring the egg so the yolk is near an edge. I lower the heat a little. When the white is mostly solid I remove the rings and use a nylon spatula to turn them -- it has a thin, clean edge which I get under the yolk first. Then I grab a plate and it's time to take them out of the pan.

The rings keeps the whites a uniform thickness so they cook evenly, and prevents them from spreading out which could otherwise make them hard to turn. Fresh eggs will naturally hold together better -- a really fresh egg won't even fill a ring to the edges.

Add a Bays whole wheat English muffin, and some Hempler's uncured applewood-smoked pepper-crusted bacon, and that's a mighty fine breakfast.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: August 19, 2013 10:13PM
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Dennis S
Wouldn't that be like going from the frying pan into the fire? Or is induction cooking different than glass top cooking?
Not the same as a regular glass top stove at all. Induction cooking is a completely different technology — very quick and responsive to setting changes, like gas, but more efficient (although your cast iron retains heat and won't cool down instantly).
[en.wikipedia.org]
I have a portable one (~ $70-$80 or so) that I enjoy using, and my son put one on his wish list when he and his wife moved into a house with an electric stove. I imagine this kind of thing would be perfect in an RV, since it doesn't heat up the surroundings nearly so much as a gas or regular electric cooktop.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 19, 2013 10:27PM
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The rings keeps the whites a uniform thickness so they cook evenly, and prevents them from spreading out which could otherwise make them hard to turn.

That's one of my major problems.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 19, 2013 11:12PM
Oil splash all over the kitchen

Then you're using too much oil, butter, or grease. The only reason to use a lot is to bast the egg instead of flipping it.


but gives fine control of the temperature of the pan.

This.

Your biggest problem, Dennis, is getting not only the right temperature, but a stable one. You can't hope to get decent results for a fried egg unless you can get the desired temperature repeatedly. I've never cooked on a glass top stove and didn't know about waiting to get the temperature stable.

I've always preferred scrambled eggs until in my more adult life I had to eat fried eggs. Then I realized I like them over easy/medium as much as I like them scrambled.

Every now and then I get a McDonald's sausage McMuffin with egg, and the yolk is very soft though not quite runny. Very tasty. My favorite sandwich is the one Adam Sandler made in Spanglish.

I'm going to give that Amazon induction cooker a look-see.






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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 19, 2013 11:19PM
cooking eggs slowly completely transforms the taste. if you have never tried it, just turn the heat down lower than you would normally, add sufficient (but not too much) fat, and leave it be. an egg ring helps in this regard, because the egg white will run at a low heat.



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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: billb
Date: August 20, 2013 01:53AM
Sounds like the pan is too hot.
If your frying pan has a decent heat retention mass on the bottom try sliding the pan over to the other burner and using the pan's residual heat to cook the egg.
I have the same problem using my mom's glass top sauteeing onions and peppers, garlic. I bring my own saute pan as it has a real thick bottom mass and mom has these thin but nice looking pans. It's not surprising she hates to cook ....

I use a cast iron pan on a electric stove and it took me a while to figure out just when to shut the heat off and just when to put the egg in the pan to come anywhere close to cooking with a gas burner. Timing seems to be everythjng. I miss natural gas for stove top cooking.



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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Mr645
Date: August 20, 2013 06:34AM
hmm, I never had a problem with a regular glass to stove. I use non stick pans and very little butter in the pan. Also works with no oil or butter at all.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: August 20, 2013 06:54AM
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: DP
Date: August 20, 2013 07:10AM
Oil splash all over the kitchen

Then you're using too much oil, butter, or grease.


Correct.

hmm, I never had a problem with a regular glass to stove. I use non stick pans and very little butter in the pan. Also works with no oil or butter at all.

Also correct although a little fat is needed for flavor. I have a cast iron egg skillet (along with a 10" pan; both from my grandmother after she passed)
and they are well seasoned but any non-stick pan should work just fine. If the heat is too high just move the pan off of the heat! Boy, there is a lot of overthinking about this subject!
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 20, 2013 09:32AM
but and can you....bring home the bacon........then fry it up in a pan.....???



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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: davester
Date: August 20, 2013 09:43AM
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 20, 2013 09:44AM
Dennis,

And this is why I make scrambled eggs in a cup in the microwave. 'course, I use Egg Beaters and add some bacon bits and shredded cheese when I make'im. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! smiling smiley

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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: DRR
Date: August 20, 2013 10:25AM
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Dennis,

And this is why I make scrambled eggs in a cup in the microwave. 'course, I use Egg Beaters and add some bacon bits and shredded cheese when I make'im. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! smiling smiley

Robert

That's a trick I use for a fast breakfast. A small 3-4" diameter tupperware/rubbermaid. Crack an egg or two into it. A little salt, maybe a little bacon if it's easy enough, microwave. Toast an english muffin at the same time. When the egg is done put it on the muffin with a slice of cheese. Easy, to-go breakfast sandwich in about 2 minutes.
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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: kj4btkljv
Date: August 20, 2013 01:36PM
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A small 3-4" diameter tupperware/rubbermaid.

I've always heard that you shouldn't microwave food in plastic containers, unless it's specifically marked as microwave safe. Use glass or ceramic containers instead.

[www.health.harvard.edu]

I do eggs the same way - in the microwave, covered with a microwave safe plastic lid, with some cooking spray applied to the inside of the ceramic bowl. Works great every time. And slides right out onto the english muffin or toast.

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Re: I can't seem to fry an egg for anything
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: August 20, 2013 08:45PM
The problem is cheap knockoff eggs.
You're lucky none of them have electrocuted you or whatnot.

I heard that the Egg Council recently started asking people who bought cheap knockoff eggs to turn them in for disposal and receive real eggs for a discounted price of $10.
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