Make It! Turn Cold Eggs Room Temp

Posted by on Monday Aug 6th, 2012 | Print

The need to make a cake comes on suddenly. One moment I’m fine sitting on the couch with a book, and the next moment, I’m creaming butter and sugar for a Raspberry-Lemon Cake. If you zero in on the instructions of a baked good that starts with creamed butter though, you’re likely to notice that the recipe specifies room temperature eggs.

Of course, at the moment baking inspiration strikes, the eggs are in the fridge.

I’m all for breaking rules, but when you add cold eggs to warm butter, you risk curdling your butter and jeopardizing the well-being of your cake. Room temp eggs will blend into any batter much more easily than their cold counterparts.

And so I’m bringing you this tip–I picked it up while working on the kitchen set of a fast-paced cooking show–so you don’t have to abandon ship and leave the already-creamed butter and sugar for the fish.

You can put cold butter in the microwave, but don’t want to zap your egg – that could cook it. So fill a cup or bowl with warm water from the tap. To get the right temperature water, place your wrist by the tap and adjust the water so that you barely feel it when it runs over your wrist. Place the eggs in the bowl and leave for 5 to 10 minutes. They’ll warm right up.

Then, proceed with the cake.

Make It! is a new series where I share super smart tips for prepping, making, and presenting food in the easiest possible way. See tips from previous columns, like how to cut  fifteen cherry tomatoes at once, and how to keep lettuce fresh in the fridge.

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  • http://www.easyweeklymeals.com/ Colleen Walsh Fong

    What a great idea for a regular column. I love tips like this!

  • David D

    An even better tip! Don’t keep your eggs in the fridge – I don’t.. Simple..

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      That is one way! But in this heat, if I’m not going to eat a dozen eggs in rapid succession, I opt for the fridge.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.cunliffe Rachel Cunliffe

      I don’t know anyone here (New Zealand) who keeps them in the fridge – they’re not in the chilled section when sold either.

      • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

        Sounds like we might have a bit of a cultural divide on our hands!

  • http://www.insalatadisillabe.blogspot.com/ Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe

    Great tip, thank you! I’ve just found out this blog and I’m already in love with it! Congratulations, all of the recipes look really yummy, I can’t wait to try them out!
    I’ll be following you from now on, for sure! 

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Thank you, Elisa. I’m so glad you’ve found BGSK and look forward to hearing your comments on the recipes you try!