How to boil a Duck egg – i’m eating it too
Duck eggs are full of flavour and are slightly larger than hen eggs. You can eat them in the same way, but if youre not a fan of their richer taste theyre also great for baking with. The whites have more protein in them and can become rubbery if overcooked, so treat them carefully if frying or scrambling. Keep your eggs at room temperature. NB Avoid serving lightly cooked or raw eggs to the vulnerable: e.g. children, the elderly and during pregnancy. 1. boiling: For a slightly runny yolk, boil an average sized duck egg for 6-7 mins. If you want a hard-boiled egg, cook for 9 mins. The shells are more fragile than hen eggs; to help avoid them cracking keep them at room temperature and lower them gently into the water with a slotted spoon. Pricking the shell with a pin (being careful not to pierce the egg sac) can also help. If youre not eating hard-boiled eggs immediately then plunge them into cold water after cooking and leave to cool before peeling – this will stop a grey tinge forming on the yolks edge. 2. poaching: Put a large piece of clingfilm into a ramekin, leaving plenty overhanging. Lightly brush a little olive or rapeseed oil on the inside of the clingfilm. Carefully crack the egg into the ramekin. Twist the clingfilm tightly together around the egg to seal it. Carefully lower into simmering water and cook for 5 mins. Remove with a slotted spoon and carefully peel off the clingfilm. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. baking: Duck eggs are particularly good for baking as the yolks are richer with a higher fat content than hen eggs and the larger whites will add volume to cakes. If whisking duck egg whites, you may find they take longer to whisk than hen eggs as the extra protein makes them less frothy to start with. Use 1 duck egg to 1 hen egg in most recipes, except those that require very fine measurements eg macaroons. Although they are slightly larger, it doesnt generally affect recipes to a great extent. If the eggs are particularly huge, then use your common sense and add one less egg.
Firm, protein packed whites. Rich, creamy, BIG yolks. DUCK EGGS make the BEST egg salad and devilled eggs, but first you must boil the perfect egg! Because duck eggs are so much larger than chicken eggs, the timing is essential to get a fully cooked yolk. I find that duck eggs peel much more easily than chicken eggs, but you still want to start your egg-boiling adventure by choosing the least fresh of your fresh eggs, preferably at least 1 week old.
Duck egg shells are quite thick, so expect your fingers to experience a bit of poking as you peel (i’ve even cut my thumbs when peeling a batch of 3 dozen eggs!) but once you get the shell started it peels off in large sheets, a bit like an orange. I think peeling duck eggs is fun!
You may choose to adjust the period of time you let the water boil before turning off the heat: longer makes a firmer yolk, less time makes a softer yolk. You may also prefer to set your timer for another minute if your eggs arent cooked to your liking. I personally boil for 30 seconds, steam for 10 minutes and only cool the cooked eggs in tap water before putting in the fridge: this allows the eggs to continue cooking slightly as they cool down.
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Why are duck eggs so much better tasting than chicken eggs? There are several contributing factors. Unlike chicken eggs, most duck eggs you find are going to be from pasture-raised birds. They love to eat bugs, grubs, and other insects and this changes the composition of their eggs. Duck eggs vary in size, but are generally larger than the largest chicken egg. Gram for gram, duck eggs are higher in fat, protein, and cholesterol, meaning, they’re more nutrient dense, more satiating, and more delicious than chicken eggs. Although they’re fantastic fried, poached, or scrambled, my new favorite way to eat them is medium-boiled. You could alter the boiling time to be a minute or two less or more if you want a softer or harder boiled egg, respectively. When you’re ready to eat the eggs, be sure to top with fresh ground pepper and some sea salt. If you have it, large-flake Maldon sea salt is fantastic — it melts in your mouth along with the semi-solid yolk. Boiled Duck Eggs
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