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  1. #1
    Becca Guest

    Default Watery scrambled eggs

    This morning, I was making blueberry pancakes in two different pans, so
    my SIL offered to make the scrambled eggs. We sat down to eat, and when
    I served myself, I noticed the scrambled eggs were watery, it was like
    they were sitting in water. I have seen that on a buffet, but never at
    home. What causes this?

    BTW, I heard her beating the eggs, but I do not know what she added to
    them. I was cooking the pancakes, keeping them warm in one oven while
    bacon cooked in the other one.

    Becca

  2. #2
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Thu 25 Dec 2008 11:19:54a, Becca told us...

    > This morning, I was making blueberry pancakes in two different pans, so
    > my SIL offered to make the scrambled eggs. We sat down to eat, and when
    > I served myself, I noticed the scrambled eggs were watery, it was like
    > they were sitting in water. I have seen that on a buffet, but never at
    > home. What causes this?
    >
    > BTW, I heard her beating the eggs, but I do not know what she added to
    > them. I was cooking the pancakes, keeping them warm in one oven while
    > bacon cooked in the other one.
    >
    > Becca
    >


    IME, any additions (water, milk, cream), except for butter can cause the
    eggs to separate into a solid mass and liquid. This is particularly true
    if the eggs are at all overcooked, which causes the egg protein to sieze,
    pushing the liquid out.

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  3. #3
    Dave Bugg Guest

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    Becca wrote:
    > This morning, I was making blueberry pancakes in two different pans,
    > so my SIL offered to make the scrambled eggs. We sat down to eat,
    > and when I served myself, I noticed the scrambled eggs were watery,
    > it was like they were sitting in water. I have seen that on a
    > buffet, but never at home. What causes this?
    >
    > BTW, I heard her beating the eggs, but I do not know what she added to
    > them. I was cooking the pancakes, keeping them warm in one oven while
    > bacon cooked in the other one.


    Overcooking the eggs will cause the protein matrix to tighten up which
    forcing liquid out. The eggs will also have a 'tough' texture.
    --
    Dave
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    you, and to hear the lamentation of the women." -- Conan



  4. #4
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Watery scrambled eggs

    On 2008-12-25, Becca <[email protected]> wrote:

    > home. What causes this?


    Adding water or milk.

    nb

  5. #5
    Blinky the Shark Guest

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    Becca wrote:

    > This morning, I was making blueberry pancakes in two different pans, so my
    > SIL offered to make the scrambled eggs. We sat down to eat, and when I
    > served myself, I noticed the scrambled eggs were watery, it was like they
    > were sitting in water. I have seen that on a buffet, but never at home.
    > What causes this?


    Usually a leaky roof.

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  6. #6
    Becca Guest

    Default Re: Watery scrambled eggs

    Blinky the Shark wrote:
    > Becca wrote:
    >
    >> This morning, I was making blueberry pancakes in two different pans, so my
    >> SIL offered to make the scrambled eggs. We sat down to eat, and when I
    >> served myself, I noticed the scrambled eggs were watery, it was like they
    >> were sitting in water. I have seen that on a buffet, but never at home.
    >> What causes this?

    >
    > Usually a leaky roof.
    >



    LOL Thanks for everyone's help. I am guessing she overcooked the eggs
    or she added liquid to them.

    Becca

  7. #7
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Thu 25 Dec 2008 05:57:51p, Becca told us...

    > Blinky the Shark wrote:
    >> Becca wrote:
    >>
    >>> This morning, I was making blueberry pancakes in two different pans,
    >>> so my SIL offered to make the scrambled eggs. We sat down to eat, and
    >>> when I served myself, I noticed the scrambled eggs were watery, it was
    >>> like they were sitting in water. I have seen that on a buffet, but
    >>> never at home. What causes this?

    >>
    >> Usually a leaky roof.
    >>

    >
    >
    > LOL Thanks for everyone's help. I am guessing she overcooked the eggs
    > or she added liquid to them.
    >
    > Becca
    >

    Slowly cooking and slowly scraping the bottom of the pan with a silicone
    spatula usually yields very cream eggs if not overcooked, and a piece of
    softened butter added at the end only adds to the creaminess.

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Slowly cooking and slowly scraping the bottom of the pan with a silicone
    > spatula usually yields very cream eggs if not overcooked, and a piece of
    > softened butter added at the end only adds to the creaminess.


    I've only recently discovered that cooking eggs low and slow
    (omelets and scrambled) makes for much better eggs than those cooked
    over medium heat.

    -sw

  9. #9
    Steve Pope Guest

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    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I've only recently discovered that cooking eggs low and slow
    >(omelets and scrambled) makes for much better eggs than those cooked
    >over medium heat.


    That's very French of you.

    Steve

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

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    Steve Pope <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>I've only recently discovered that cooking eggs low and slow
    >>(omelets and scrambled) makes for much better eggs than those cooked
    >>over medium heat.

    >
    > That's very French of you.


    Everyone knows it's the Italians that taught the French how to cook.
    And the German's taught the Italians.

    -sw

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    Paco Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1lxlg1ps6eum0$.[email protected]..
    > Steve Pope <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>I've only recently discovered that cooking eggs low and slow
    >>>(omelets and scrambled) makes for much better eggs than those cooked
    >>>over medium heat.

    >>
    >> That's very French of you.

    >
    > Everyone knows it's the Italians that taught the French how to cook.
    > And the German's taught the Italians.
    >
    > -sw


    Yeah, and the Greeks invented sex. But, the Italians included women.
    (Random, I know, but I'm bored)


  12. #12
    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Watery scrambled eggs

    In article <1ne7ug8j91fng$.[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Slowly cooking and slowly scraping the bottom of the pan with a silicone
    > > spatula usually yields very cream eggs if not overcooked, and a piece of
    > > softened butter added at the end only adds to the creaminess.

    >
    > I've only recently discovered that cooking eggs low and slow
    > (omelets and scrambled) makes for much better eggs than those cooked
    > over medium heat.


    Nero Wolfe like his scrambled eggs cooked very slowly, as in VERY
    slowly. I was thinking 45 minutes but this recipe is much quicker:

    http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...bled_eggs40529.
    shtml

    Here's the Nero Wolfe cookbook:

    http://www.amazon.com/Nero-Wolfe-Coo.../dp/1888952245

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  13. #13
    Andy Guest

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    Dan Abel said...

    > http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...bled_eggs40529.
    > shtml



    Asbestos pad!??

    What's the need for such a slow scrambled egg recipe? I don't buy it!!!

    My scrambled eggs are done perfectly in exactly one minute, every time! OK,
    for six eggs, three minutes!

    Andy

  14. #14
    Jean B. Guest

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    Andy wrote:
    > Dan Abel said...
    >
    >> http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...bled_eggs40529.
    >> shtml

    >
    >
    > Asbestos pad!??
    >
    > What's the need for such a slow scrambled egg recipe? I don't buy it!!!
    >
    > My scrambled eggs are done perfectly in exactly one minute, every time! OK,
    > for six eggs, three minutes!
    >
    > Andy


    The only time I have had watery scrambled eggs is when I have had
    something acidic in them--like tomatoes. I almost always add a
    splash of liquid to them, and my daughter liked them ossified, and
    neither of those variable results in watery eggs here.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    Andy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Dan Abel said...
    >
    >> http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...bled_eggs40529.
    >> shtml

    >
    > Asbestos pad!??
    >
    > What's the need for such a slow scrambled egg recipe? I don't buy it!!!
    >
    > My scrambled eggs are done perfectly in exactly one minute, every time! OK,
    > for six eggs, three minutes!


    1 minute is way too fast to cook 2 eggs and have them turn out well.
    You may think they're just fine, but since that's the way you've
    been eating them all your life you don't know any better.

    Remain ignorant. I insist.

    -sw

  16. #16
    Becca Guest

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    Wayne Boatwright wrote:

    > Slowly cooking and slowly scraping the bottom of the pan with a silicone
    > spatula usually yields very cream eggs if not overcooked, and a piece of
    > softened butter added at the end only adds to the creaminess.



    Thanks for the suggestion. I have never added softened butter at the
    end, I will have to give that a try. I have added cream cheese a couple
    of times.


    Becca


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    Blinky the Shark Guest

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    Andy wrote:

    > Dan Abel said...
    >
    >> http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...bled_eggs40529.
    >> shtml

    >
    >
    > Asbestos pad!??
    >
    > What's the need for such a slow scrambled egg recipe? I don't buy it!!!
    >
    > My scrambled eggs are done perfectly in exactly one minute, every time!
    > OK, for six eggs, three minutes!


    I've always tended to cook on high. I'm not just talking about eggs.
    Then I read someone in here vaunting slow frying of eggs - probably Wayne
    The Boat Builder - and I gave it a try. I think they *do* come out
    better, but I can't quite put my finger on the difference. Or perhaps I'm
    just under some kind of spell...


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    Becca Guest

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    Jean B. wrote:

    > The only time I have had watery scrambled eggs is when I have had
    > something acidic in them--like tomatoes. I almost always add a splash
    > of liquid to them, and my daughter liked them ossified, and neither of
    > those variable results in watery eggs here.



    Jean, I also add a splash of milk to my scrambled eggs. My husband
    objects, so it is one of the things we disagree on. I like them cooked
    silky smooth and fluffy, without being rubbery.


    Becca


  19. #19
    Blinky the Shark Guest

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    Jean B. wrote:

    > Andy wrote:
    >> Dan Abel said...
    >>
    >>> http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...bled_eggs40529.
    >>> shtml

    >>
    >>
    >> Asbestos pad!??
    >>
    >> What's the need for such a slow scrambled egg recipe? I don't buy it!!!
    >>
    >> My scrambled eggs are done perfectly in exactly one minute, every time!
    >> OK, for six eggs, three minutes!
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > The only time I have had watery scrambled eggs is when I have had
    > something acidic in them--like tomatoes. I almost always add a splash of
    > liquid to them, and my daughter liked them ossified, and neither of those
    > variable results in watery eggs here.


    I use milk. Mine are not watery. I don't put watery things like tomatoes
    in them, though.

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  20. #20
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Fri 26 Dec 2008 09:54:39a, Blinky the Shark told us...

    > Andy wrote:
    >
    >> Dan Abel said...
    >>
    >>>

    http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...bled_eggs40529.
    >>> shtml

    >>
    >>
    >> Asbestos pad!??
    >>
    >> What's the need for such a slow scrambled egg recipe? I don't buy it!!!
    >>
    >> My scrambled eggs are done perfectly in exactly one minute, every time!
    >> OK, for six eggs, three minutes!

    >
    > I've always tended to cook on high. I'm not just talking about eggs.
    > Then I read someone in here vaunting slow frying of eggs - probably Wayne
    > The Boat Builder - and I gave it a try. I think they *do* come out
    > better, but I can't quite put my finger on the difference. Or perhaps

    I'm
    > just under some kind of spell...
    >
    >


    Or curse. :-)

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