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Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:36 AM

To milk or not to milk?

Here's a distracting non-political question--do you add milk to scrambled eggs? My husband does. I never have. A Google search brings up a fascinating mix of "Milk is a vital addition" to "Adding milk ruins your scrambled eggs!" I have to admit that his scrambled eggs have a better texture than mine, but that may be more due to the cooking method--I scramble a lot more than he does. Our eggs are always fantastic as far as quality--they come from our own chickens. So--do you add milk? Why? Or why not?

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Reply To milk or not to milk? (Original post)
birdographer Jan 2021 OP
NRaleighLiberal Jan 2021 #1
hlthe2b Jan 2021 #2
Phoenix61 Jan 2021 #3
Siwsan Jan 2021 #4
Fla Dem Jan 2021 #23
Siwsan Jan 2021 #24
Fla Dem Jan 2021 #25
Kali Jan 2021 #28
Laelth Jan 2021 #5
Chin music Jan 2021 #6
samnsara Jan 2021 #7
58Sunliner Jan 2021 #8
SamKnause Jan 2021 #10
LizBeth Jan 2021 #19
abqtommy Jan 2021 #27
happybird Jan 2021 #9
SheltieLover Jan 2021 #11
Laelth Jan 2021 #26
Tracer Jan 2021 #12
pfitz59 Jan 2021 #13
Me. Jan 2021 #14
Major Nikon Jan 2021 #15
Ron Obvious Jan 2021 #16
handmade34 Jan 2021 #17
LizBeth Jan 2021 #18
OriginalGeek Jan 2021 #20
birdographer Jan 2021 #22
Thyla Jan 2021 #21
Kali Jan 2021 #29
mopinko Jan 2021 #30
TexasBushwhacker Jan 2021 #31
birdographer Jan 2021 #32

Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:38 AM

1. I add about 1/4 cup per four eggs - part habit, part nutrition -

also a good handful of shredded sharp cheddar, some salt and lots of black pepper, some Italian seasoning (a good one like Cento) - when in season, some fresh shredded basil - if I have it, some home made sweet paprika.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:38 AM

2. I add a tablespoon of homemade yogurt.

Seems like you need to add something when you whisk them--even water?

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:39 AM

3. On a whim I added buttermilk and OMG.

Best scrambled eggs ever! Nice and light but not fluffy like whipped. I hate whipped scrambled eggs.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:39 AM

4. I always add milk. Oh, and I generally also add cheese. I love cheesy eggs.

And I beat the egg until it's of a consistent texture. I hate egg white squiggles in my scrambled eggs.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:59 PM

23. Right there with you, at least milk and cheese. If I have some salami I'll cut that up and add it,

as well as peppers and tomatoes, maybe some bacon, all cut up in bite size or smaller pieces. Actually I'll add anything tasty in the fridge.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 03:03 PM

24. My favorite is to add wilted spinach, thin sliced ham, mushrooms and swiss cheese

Sometimes I make it as an Omelet, sometimes as a scramble. That reminds me - I have to put spinach on my Aldi shopping list.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 03:05 PM

25. Yes except for the Swiss cheese. Never like it since I was a child.

Usually go for a cheese with a bite, like jalapeno cheddar.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 05:20 PM

28. OMG THIS!!!

no white in my scrambled eggs! ever see people barely scramble them AFTER they crack them into a HOT pan?

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:39 AM

5. I always add milk. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:42 AM

7. only think of it if i want them to puff up like in an omlette but otherwise I forget to add it..

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:46 AM

8. I remember a chef on tv saying it's better to add water-

for fluffier eggs, milk for creamier.

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Response to 58Sunliner (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:55 AM

10. I have added milk since I learned to cook.

I have added sour cream.

I heard about adding water and tried it.

My mother and brother said they were the best scrambled eggs they had ever had.

My mother is 96.

My brother is 65.

I am 67.

I only add water now.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 12:22 PM

19. I hadn't heard water, now I am going to try.

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Response to 58Sunliner (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 03:48 PM

27. I've always added a little water when I make an omelet. Not sure why, probably learned from my Dad,

but it works.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:55 AM

9. I add a tiny dollop

Years ago, on Americaís Test Kitchen, I saw Chris Kimball gave a talk about why milk (just a tiny bit) is a necessary ingredient. Canít remember the details because he got all scientific, but it had something to do with fats and protein strands, and keeping the eggs from drying out while cooking. Another key point was not to over beat the raw eggs. You basically just want to break the yolks up and thatís it. My eggs do come out fluffier with his instructions.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:55 AM

11. Sometimes

&/or a dash of worcestershire. Sometimes a dash of water to help fluff them up.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 03:48 PM

26. If I am cooking for myself, I add Worcestershire.

I love it in scrambled eggs. When cooking for the family, I avoid it. It darkens the eggs and makes them a little too salty for some.

-Laelth

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:05 AM

12. Not milk, but cream.

Makes the eggs taste great! One teaspoon per egg.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:06 AM

13. I add milk. Jacques adds cream...

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:13 AM

14. Anthony Bourdain Would Not

but adds a tsp. of sour cream to the finished product

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM

15. Creme fraiche

Whipped in at the end after the eggs have been removed from the heat.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:46 AM

16. I used to, but stopped years ago

I don't add water anymore either or spices. I can honestly say my scrambled eggs are better than ever and look great too.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:54 AM

17. cream

and sometimes blend in some cream cheese

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 12:20 PM

18. When not lazy, I add milk. Fluffier.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 12:22 PM

20. I add milk but only because

I thought you were supposed to. No idea why I thought that. Probably saw my mom do it. My wife scrambles them hard with cheese but no milk and I like hers better so I should just not make scrambles eggs.

I wish we still had access to her father's chicken yard with the fresh eggs every day. True story: We have been married for 34 years and we dated for 2 years before that and the first time she took me home to meet her parents there was a basket of eggs on their kitchen table. All different shades of brown. She said proudly "These are from dad's chickens out back" and I was all "Wow! That's cool - when do they paint them white?" (I'm a suburbs kid even having grown up in Texas)

Her dad laughed at me for that until the day he died. She still does.

I wonder if my HOA would allow me some chickens....

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 12:38 PM

22. Love the chicken story!

We always bought organic farm eggs from the grocery store, then got our two hens last July. Lucy and Ethel. Lucy is a Golden Comet and gives us almost an egg a day (she'll skip a day every 10 days or so). With the shortness of the days now with less light, Ethel has eased off on the eggs a tad, but we always have at least a dozen in the fridge. Backyard chickens are wonderful! And you KNOW where the eggs came from and what the chickens have been eating.

I've been fascinated by the replies here, very heavy leaning to adding milk or water. Good to know.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 12:27 PM

21. Full cream is the best

Milk will do if no cream available but always one of the two.

Cheese(nearly always add this), bacon, curry powder and tomato have all been known to be added too. Not all of them at once but I guess you could.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 05:25 PM

29. my Mother did, so I did for a long time

now the husband makes breakfasts and I don't know if he does it or not, I kind of think he does. no idea why or what it is supposed to do, just one of those inherited behaviors.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:02 PM

30. either way. but you must add garlic.

promise they will be the tastiest eggs you ever had.

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Response to birdographer (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 08:36 PM

31. Nope. I don't even whisk them in a bowl first

I just melt some butter in the pan and crack my eggs, break the yolks and just mix them up in the pan. Then I add cheese and hot sauce.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #31)

Wed Jan 6, 2021, 09:06 AM

32. This is me

I wait to add the hot sauce till they are on a plate, though. Scrambled eggs are almost the only thing I put hot sauce on.

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