Kitchen Tip #1 – How to Quickly Bring Eggs to Room Temperature

by Irvin on November 2, 2013 · 9 comments

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Bringing eggs to room temperature. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com

So lets have a little chit-chat about eggs – specifically room temperature eggs. There are lot of recipes that specify room temperature eggs in their ingredients list and most people tell me that they don’t ever remember to take their eggs out beforehand to warm up. Here’s the truth – most recipes won’t be affected much by cold eggs. Yep, it’s not super important if you are making cookies, brownies and most cakes. The recipes that DO matter though are the ones where the eggs need to be whipped to lighten the batter. Desserts like chiffon, angel food and pound cakes rely on the air that is trapped when you whip the eggs and warmer eggs whip up bigger and fluffier than cold eggs. So if the recipe calls for you to either whip the egg whites and then fold it them the batter or to add the eggs and beat the batter until it’s fluffy than bring your eggs to room temperature.

But who remembers to pull the eggs out ahead of time to warm up? I don’t. So what I do is first pull the eggs I need and put them in a bowl with warm to hot tap water. The temperature of the water depends on how many eggs I need warmed up. If it’s only one egg, I’ll use warm-to-the-touch water. If it’s four eggs, I’ll use the hot water from the tap because it’ll take more heat to warm up all the eggs. Never use boiling water, just pull the water from the tap. Within five to ten minutes (usually by the time you need the use the eggs in the batter) the eggs should have warmed up. Easy right?

Bonus tip, separating egg yolks and egg whites is much easier when the egg is cold. If the recipe calls for you to add egg yolks at one point in the batter and then whip the egg white separately to fold in later, I will separate the eggs while cold. Then I’ll often add the egg yolk cold to the batter and place the egg whites in a Ziplock sandwich bag (use a cheap thin sandwich bag, not a heavy duty frozen Ziplock bag, as it’s much thicker). I’ll then place the sealed Ziplock bag in a warm bowl of water and let the egg whites warm up before whipping them. Just snip the corner of the bag and squeeze the warmed egg whites into your bowl to whip!

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The Suzzzz November 2, 2013 at 8:23 am

Do you, by any chance, have a method for bringing frozen butter to room temperature quickly, without melting it? I always forget to get the butter out early enough for it to be soft.

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Irvin November 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Yep! I’ll be sharing a tip on how to bring butter to room temperature in the next couple of weeks as well…

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Nicole November 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

I use this trick constantly because I never ever remember to take eggs out early. I’m sharing this because I know there are people out there who stress about exact directions in recipes and they’ll be happy to know that egg temperature doesn’t always matter and that when it does, it’s quick and simple to bring them to room temp. Great post!

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Caroline November 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

Great tip! I never remember to take the eggs out of the oven prior to baking, and I have had quite a few baking disasters because of it!

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Winnie November 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Great tips! They don’t really apply to me since I keep my eggs out of the fridge all the time (I have chickens), but still good to know.

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Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon November 3, 2013 at 1:35 am

Very helpful tips! Thanks for sharing!!

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Sean November 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

Great tip! I shared it to the Punk Domestics community.

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Brian @ A Thought For Food November 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

Really great tips here, Irvin!

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Catherine November 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Hi Irvin, loving your Kitchen Tip series. I do something similar to my separated while cold egg whites, but I put them directly into a metal mixing bowl that in turn is sitting in a warm water bath. I don’t want to waste any of the eggy goodness.

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