Monday, 12 December 2011

How to boil an egg


How to boil an egg so it is perfectly just past soft every time – you may think this is easy but it has taken me years to come up with a foolproof method.  I don’t like runny yolks so don’t ask me how to do those.

Put your egg into cold water in a saucepan.  Let it come to the boil reasonably slowly.  Boil for one minute.  Take off the heat and leave the egg in the hot saucepan for between 14 and 16 minutes (depending on exactly how you like it).  Then empty out the hot water and cover the egg with cold water.  This will stop it cooking any further.  Take the shell off and you should find a perfect good coloured yolk that is only just set.  Perfect for salads – or making curried eggs.

Some people say you should stir your egg while it is boiling so the yolk sets in the middle.  I have tried this but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.


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10 comments:

  1. This is basically how I do my eggs, though sometimes I get distracted. And let them boil too long. Hate that dark ring.

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  2. I've done this too but I've owned an egg cooker for 30 years, and usually just let the machine boil my eggs so I don't have to think about it. LOL.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you, Carole. :)

    I typically boil my eggs like this but allow them to boil for a few minutes longer - just not typically burnt like I did the other day. :D (In fact, I've never boiled eggs dry before, ever. I was just totally distracted. lol) We like the yolks a little more well done than just past soft. I love a runny yolk in a fried egg, but yuck in a boiled one!

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  4. Hey, thanks for your comment

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  5. I usually boil mine for a bit longer too, but it is good to know that I dont' need to. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. Good luck with it and thanks for taking the time to comment

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  6. I usually boil mine for 20 minutes after they begin to boil.
    Your eggs look very good.
    Pat

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    1. Thanks for the comment Pat. Much appreciated.

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