One of the best meals you can cook for yourself in college is breakfast. For many, it’s a must-have in order to function properly throughout the day. Before you go picking up a carb-heavy bowl of cereal, though, consider making eggs apart of your breakfast rotation. Not only are they delicious, they’re also cheap, nutritious, and filling. If you’re looking to lose weight, that combination is unbeatable.

Now, out of all the ways to prepare eggs, scrambling is by far the easiest. If you think back to weekend breakfasts at home, you can probably remember exactly how mom or dad made them. But with them not around to cook, it’s up to you to learn how to prepare them. This a great time to experiment with various recipes and techniques in order to find one that’s right for you.

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To get you started, here are some simple rules to keep in mind:

Don’t Burn the Butter

Never cook scrambled eggs on high heat; you’ll find your pan smoking and your breakfast burning before you know it. A low to medium heat works best for getting them cooked just right.

Add enough butter to coat your pan, but be sure to watch it while you’re getting your eggs ready. That lovely sizzling sound and bubbling means your pan is ready to receive them.

Beat Eggs with a Fork Right Before Adding

This may be a preference and opinions on the subject vary, but lightly beating your eggs to a thick, even yellow mixture just before pouring is a simple way to start. Use a fork to beat, as a whisk tends to add more air, leading to a less fluffy final product.

Move On and Off Heat

Once you’ve added your eggs to the pan, you should notice them taking shape almost immediately. Grab a big spoon or spatula and drag the mixture into the middle to get all the liquid on the heat and cook it into a nice fluffy mass.

Once you’ve got things going and shaping up, take your pan off the burner and keep dragging toward the middle. Your pan should be hot enough for the eggs to keep cooking.

Never Let Them Sit

Don’t even think about stepping away from your pan after adding the eggs. You want to keep the mixture moving toward the center of the pan constantly while it cooks. Using simple, even motions while watching the heat will result in some great scrambled eggs.

Experiment with Seasoning Before and After

Your preparation will likely be influenced by your family’s technique — the product of which you (hopefully) enjoyed. If you didn’t already know their secrets, ask the best scrambled egg chef in your house to tell you whether they add extras and seasoning before or after beating the eggs.

Whatever the answer, try adding milk and seasoning to the mix to see if you’ve been missing out on something. You’re in charge of your own kitchen now, so switch things up every now and then. You’ll have plenty of time for real adventures in life; for now, just make a good and interesting breakfast.

What’s your method for making great scrambled eggs? Let us know in the comments below.

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