Hearing the phrase “poached eggs” used to make me laugh, because I had absolutely no idea how to poach anything, and besides, why would I want to?
Well, as it turns out, poaching eggs is probably the easiest way to prepare eggs, protects the integrity of the nutritional value of the eggs better than any other way of preparing eggs, and takes very little time and very few cooking tools. Here’s what you’ll need:
*Pastured Eggs, a Pan that can hold at least 2 inches of water, a Stemless Wine Glass, Something to remove the poached egg from the water (see video for example), Himalayan Salt, Celtic Salt, or other pure Sea Salt, and a Timer.
Watch the video and complete the steps: Bring water to a boil then lower to a simmer, crack one egg at a time into the Stemless Wine Glass and submerge into the simmering water. Do that with as many eggs as you’d like. With the pan I use in the video, I can fit 4 or 5 poached eggs. If you’d like to poach more than that, no problem, add up to 4-5 more pastured eggs after the 1st batch is done. You may want to slide your utensil for removing the eggs under each one to keep it from sticking, but that shouldn’t be an issue. After the 1st egg has been in the water for about 3 minutes, remove the first and the others in the order that you placed them in the pan. Apply high quality salt, some time of healthy fats (I used Kerrygold unsalted grass-fed butter) and enjoy.
Each egg yields about 6 grams of high quality protein, just under 5 grams of high quality unsaturated fat, choline for brain function, high levels of Vitamin D, many anti-oxidants, and more.
*Note on Pastured Eggs (and what you should look for) : Eggs from chickens kept outdoors to roam around in the sun, eating bugs, chickens that are fed soy.
The definition of “free range” or “cage free” is that they give the chickens “access to the outdoors”. What does that mean? Not much. Do they really go outside? No, usually not. They’re crowded into large, windowless sheds stacked on top of each other and rarely, if ever, get outside. Enough about this rant. Look for a future article on how to source high quality eggs. Until then, look for “pastured” on the carton. See the video for the names of 2 brands of pastured eggs.