Cooking

Various notes on cooking methods and other miscellany.

Scrambling eggs

Beat the eggs gently, not vigorously, and only until they’re just mixed.

If you’re going to add salt to the eggs before cooking, do it immediately before adding the eggs to the pan, and not before. Otherwise, the salt will break down the structure of the eggs and wreck the texture.

Seafood Boils

Fill the pot 3/4 full of water, bring to a boil. Add aromatics, salt, and acid. White wine, lemon juice, or orange juice all work. Also add a ton of Old Bay seasoning.

Ingredients and their cook times

Potatoes: 1/4 to 1/2 lb. per person. 20-25 minutes, depending on size.

Lobster: 1/2 to 1 lobster per person. 12-15 minutes.

Sausage: 1/8 to 1/4 lb. per person. 10-15 minutes. Prefer kielbasa or andouille.

Corn on the Cob: 1/2 to 1 cob per person. 10 minutes.

Clams: 3-6 per person. 10 minutes. Prefer littleneck, Manila, or steamer clams. Scrub before cooking.

Blue Crabs: 2-4 crabs per person. 10 minutes.

Crawfish: 3-6 per person. 8 minutes.

Mussels: 3-6 per person. 5 minutes. Wash and de-beard before cooking.

Shrimp: 4-6 per person. 3 minutes. The bigger, the better.