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My first time, making scrambled eggs for buffet, my company brought in box of liquid eggs, to be cooked in deep stove top pan. Any suggestions of what needs to be done, how much butter, milk, how to cook without burning them, etc... All help is appreciated...

  • Do you have access to a steamer or do you have to use a pan on the stove? – MikeTheLiar Sep 20 at 13:59
  • no steamer, usually the cook uses large round deep pan, he is sick and I am the only one that back him up – Reggiem Sep 20 at 14:00
  • Funny thing is, you can pretty much calculate how much time you need to cook. Say you have 10kg of egg, and that's 10*1000*4.2/2000=1350 seconds (10kg of egg, roughly same heat property as water(4.2j per gram per degree), rising from 4C(fridge temp) to 70C(cooked temp), over a high heat stove with 2000W output. This is actually a long time and you will be watching and stirring all the time. Maybe you can pour all the eggs into the oven and preheat the eggs to something like 50C then finish the cooking on the stove top to 70C. – user3528438 Sep 21 at 2:31
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I highly recommend using a steamer if you have access to one, but if you don't have it, you don't have it. The good news is that the process for making scrambled eggs on the stove is about the same no matter how many eggs you're making - add as much beaten eggs as you're comfortable stirring in the pan, cook over low heat stirring occasionally.

The major tips/gotchas that I can think of:

  1. Open all your egg cartons at once before you start cooking. The last thing you want to be doing is fighting with packaging material when you need eggs quickly
  2. Low heat, be patient, stir frequently but not constantly. Once every couple minutes should be fine depending on the size of your pot - it shouldn't be hard to figure out if you need to be stirring more or less frequently. However, don't forget to stir. This is probably the biggest way for things to come out less than perfectly. If you get distracted and forget to stir the eggs for too long, the ones at the bottom of the pot can start to develop the same green off-color as overcooked hard boiled egg yolks. It's perfectly safe to eat but who wants to eat green eggs?
  3. You mention butter but unless you're adding it for flavor it's honestly not necessary. When you're done there's going to be eggs stuck to the pan no matter what you do. Don't stress yourself out about it.
  4. One tip - if your eggs are cooked more than you want them to be but not at the turning green stage, you have some wiggle room in whisking in uncooked beaten eggs into the overcooked eggs. The heat from the cooked eggs and further hot holding will cook the raw eggs and it will distract somewhat from the overcooked bits. It's not perfect but it's "good enough" and it can help you save a chafing dish of eggs that you'd otherwise have to throw out.

That's really all there is too it. If you have more eggs than you can comfortable fit in the pot, you'll have to do it in batches but all that means is "cook eggs, dump into chafing dish/hotel pan, start cooking more eggs."

  • One other tip: if you're starting with whole eggs (and the OP seems not to be) breaking over 100 eggs takes longer than you think, and the yolks tend to stay whole once you're dropping them into a pan with lots in already. Then you end up chasing them round the pan to break them up. – Chris H Sep 20 at 14:58
  • If you're breaking whole eggs, break all of them into a china cap over a bucket before cooking anything. – MikeTheLiar Sep 20 at 15:00
  • I used a small pan, tipping into the big pan every 10 or so eggs - second time I cooked bulk scrambled eggs. The first time was when I had trouble breaking them, though I didn't break them at the stove, I took the pan elsewhere – Chris H Sep 20 at 15:19
  • stirring is important, but you also don't want to lose your curds. If you stir too much, you'll have an egg sauce rather than scrambled eggs. You need to let the eggs setup on the heat, then stir them off the heat so new liquid egg can be cooked. – Escoce Sep 20 at 16:41
  • @Escoce yeah I meant just to stir frequently, not constantly. I'll clarify. – MikeTheLiar Sep 20 at 17:12
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As MikeTheLiar mentioned, a steamer would help for this:

If you have more than one pan to cook them in of the same width & length by different depths, and they're not thin disposable containers, you might try making your own bain marie (double boiler) :

Place the larger one across the burner or two, and put an inch or so of water in it. (you should try for an inch (2.5cm), but you might need less if the depth of the containers is too similar, and placing the top container on forces water out of the lower container).

Put the other container on top.

Once the water is boiling, and you have steam, adjust the temperature so the water is staying hot and generating steam, but not a rolling boil.

Add your oil or butter, let it coat the pan well, then cook the eggs in the top vessel, stirring constantly 'til it's not quite to the consistency you want (as there will be a little bit of carry over-cooking)

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I've also heard that you can do large batches of scrambled eggs in the oven (350°F/175°C), stir after 10 minutes, then every 5 minutes 'til they're done (technically, not quite done) ... most recipes claim it takes 20-25 minutes.

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From personal experience, I have baked scrambled eggs for large numbers of people (100+ in some instances). I used a recipe similar to this, literally the first link that came up when googled. I have used steamers in the past but found the oven easier for consistency sake, without having to seek out new equipment.

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    While linking to an off-site recipe may be helpful in the short-term, off-site links tend to go dead. Thus, it's likely that at some point in the future the link here will be useless. When that happens, all readers will know is that you found using the oven easier when cooking for large numbers of people, but they won't know how to do it. So, please quote the most important portions of your off-site link. – Makyen Sep 20 at 23:09
  • Thank you @makyen for that illuminating comment. I will be sure to do that in the future. However, as I frequently operate off my phone (currently and at the time of writing that answer) it sometimes is difficult to do so. But, thanks for the advice. – J Crosby Sep 23 at 5:07

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