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randyjl Dec 5, 2012 10:59 AM

Do you think fried eggs cook faster and more evenly at room temperature or directly out of the the fridge? How about scrambled?

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    foodieX2 Dec 5, 2012 02:11 PM

    Never noticed a cooking difference when frying or scrambling eggs room temp vs refrigerated.

    The only time I have eggs in the fridge is when they are grocery store ones. I am lucky to have a neighbor who keeps me in fresh eggs but the supply starts to go down in the winter so I supplement. There is probably no scientific reason for it but my mind tells me "once refrigerated, keep refrigerated." so grocery store eggs go in the fridge. On those occasions I bring them to room temperature for baking but not for any other reason.

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      MonMauler Dec 5, 2012 01:33 PM

      I refrigerate my eggs, but I always try to let them come to room temp before I cook them, regardless of which way I'm cooking them - sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, poached, hard- soft-medium boiled, in an omelet, etc.

      There are actually only a few things I tend to cook before letting them come to room temp, including almost any veggie or meat. In fact, I can't even think of a single item I prefer to cook straight from the fridge.

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        ipsedixit Dec 5, 2012 02:01 PM

        There are actually only a few things I tend to cook before letting them come to room temp, including almost any veggie or meat. In fact, I can't even think of a single item I prefer to cook straight from the fridge.
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        Really? Even, say, veggies that you are going to steam or parboil?

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        FrankJBN Dec 5, 2012 11:48 AM

        Absolutely room temperature. AFAIK, every authority (egg spert) agrees.

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          treb Dec 5, 2012 11:47 AM

          Room temp. You'll also get a fluffier scramble.

          1. ipsedixit Dec 5, 2012 11:08 AM

            I rarely if ever refrigerate my eggs, so I am not an "egg"spert.

            That said, I don't it matters at all.

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              FrankJBN Dec 5, 2012 11:50 AM

              How long do your eggs last unrefrigerated?

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                ipsedixit Dec 5, 2012 01:20 PM

                I usually go through eggs pretty quickly (about a dozen every 2-3 days).

                But I've had eggs kept out for up to 2 weeks with no problems.

            2. 1sweetpea Dec 5, 2012 11:06 AM

              I'd say room temp is better for both types, but I've certainly made both with eggs that just came out of the refrigerator. For both scrambled and fried, if the eggs are room temp, you can cook on lower heat a bit more slowly and evenly. When the eggs are cold, I find I have to use higher heat to get them going. With fried eggs, this can result in browning on the bottom, but cold, raw yolks on top.

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