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How to Cook an Egg - Soft or Hard Boiled

Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:13 pm
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To perfectly boil an egg can be tricky. How many minutes for a soft-boiled egg and how many minutes for a hard-boiled egg? How do you cook the egg without cracking and how do you make sure you don’t overcook the egg? After all, a boiled egg is perfect in its own simplicity – but how do you make sure your egg will be perfectly cooked?

First of all:
Place the eggs in cold water in a pot.
Put the heat on high and let come to a boil

Method 1:
Once the water is boiling, immediately lower the temperature to medium-low. A soft boiled egg requires to cook about 3 minutes, while a hard-boiled egg will require about 6 minutes.

Method 2:
Remove the pot from the heat the minute it reaches a boil. Cover and let the eggs sit in the warm water. Hard-boiled eggs require about 12-14 minutes and soft boiled eggs require about 4-8 minutes depending on your taste.

The second method will produce “a softer result.” There will be less of a chance that you overcook the eggs if you try this method and the eggs will not become “rubbery.” We recommend this method for cooking eggs, unless you’re in a hurry.

Once the eggs are finished cooking, place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. To peel the egg, roll it between your hands or between a hard surface to gently crack it all around, then remove the shell.

Tip 1: Pierce the flat end of the egg with a needle before cooking in order to reduce cracking.

Tip 2: A fresh egg will be more difficult to peel. To ensure easier peeling, boil eggs that are 1-2 weeks old.

Tip 3: Boiled eggs can kept in the fridge for about a week.

Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:08 am
Name: Cooking | Email: hardcharger7 attt hotmail dottt com | Url: As a fan of eggs, particularly hard boiled, I always just kept them on a full boil for about ten minutes. I think I will go for a soft boiled egg in the morning. I can't wait now that I know the correct method for both.

Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:59 am
Name: Pebz | Comment: Ha, if only we'd read this about ten minutes ago! We just put eggs into boil for about 2 minutes, took them out, and they were really undercooked. Ah well... =]

Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:57 am
Name: kel-bel | Comment: For the perfect hard boiled method is similar! I put the eggs in cold water and on high heat bring to boil. Once it hits boiling point, leave the pot on the heat source, put the lid on, and then turn off the heat. Leave for 10 minutes, and then remove from heat source, and pun under cold water to stop cooking! This will never fail you. I have tried on fresh egg, and eggs that were couple weeks old, and still perfect everytime! Enjoy! :)

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