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How to Boil an Egg

Posted By Peter Jeffries On May 20, 2010 @ 2:32 pm In Cooking & Baking | Comments Disabled

Eggs are a convenient and versatile food rich in protein and choline. They can be eaten scrambled, fried, coddled, shirred, poached and in omelettes, but one of the simplest ways to prepare an egg is to boil it. By following the steps below you’ll learn how to boil an egg perfectly.

Boiling Eggs

Method 1

Use room temperature eggs. If you keep your eggs in the fridge, take them out at least 15 minutes before you intend to boil them.

  • Place your eggs in a small saucepan. Using a small pan prevents the eggs from bouncing around too much and reduces the likelihood of them cracking.
  • Pour cold water into the saucepan until it is two centimetres above the eggs.
  • Place the saucepan over a high heat.
  • Bring the water to the boil.
  • When the water begins to boil turn down the heat so that the eggs boil gently.
  • If you like your eggs soft-boiled cook them for 2-3 minutes. If you prefer them hard-boiled let them cook for 10 minutes.

If you hard boil your eggs and you want to peel them there are a couple of tricks that can make the process easier:

The fresher the egg, the more tightly the white will adhere to the shell. Using older eggs makes peeling easier (though they may not be quite as flavoursome).

Adding a teaspoon of salt to the cooking water will help the shell separate from the white.

Plunging the egg into very cold water immediately after boiling will cause the white to contract and pull away from the shell – this makes peeling a breeze.

Method 2

This method is suitable for hard boiling eggs straight from the refrigerator.

  • Place the eggs in a saucepan.
  • Cover with cold water.
  • Place the pan over heat and bring to the boil.
  • As soon as the water begins to boil turn the heat off entirely and cover the pan.
  • Allow to stand for about 20 minutes.

This method takes longer, but produces perfect hard boiled eggs and virtually eliminates the possibility of cracking.

Boiled Egg Storage

If you don’t want to eat your boiled eggs straight away allow them to cool to room temperature then place them in the fridge. They’ll keep for a couple of days.

If you store your hard boiled eggs in the fridge and you forget which of your eggs are cooked and which are not, simply place the egg in question on a flat surface and spin it. If it stays pretty much in one place and spins evenly on its axis it’s boiled. If it wobbles about and won’t spin smoothly it’s raw.

Happy Boiling

By following the tips on how to boil an egg above you’ll get a perfect result every time. Happy boiling!

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