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Old 09-05-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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How do you boil an egg?

My method, we usually do 4 at a time.
1) boil water in a kettle
2) pour boiling water into sauce pan.(75mm/3in. enuf to cover eggs)
3) add salt to the water
4) preheat eggs from fridge in warm tap water so they dont crack due to temperature change
5) gentley place eggs into saucepan of boiling water.
6) maintain gentle boil for 6 to 7 minutes for a soft centre, which is our preference.
My question
1) is the salt neccessary?
2) is there a better way?

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Old 09-05-2006, 10:56 PM   #2
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I don't think the salt does much good. Also, why do step one at all. Boil the water in the saucepan. But first.

Use a push pin to make a small hole in the blunt end of each egg. Place the eggs in the saucepan and fill with hot tap water. Bring to a boil, covered then turn down the heat to a gentle boil for 10 minutes for hard cooked. For softer yolks back off a couple of minutes.

Pour off the boiling water and shake the pan vigorously to crack the shells all over, peel and eat.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:04 PM   #3
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THX! for the prompt reply, Andy.
1) We have an electric stove so that is why I use an electric kettle to boil the water. Its the speed factor. By the time the water is boiled the pan is also heated. Our next stove will be LPG.
2) If you pierce the fat end of the eggs, wont the egg whites come out?
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:07 PM   #4
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Boiling eggs

I put water in a saucepan and gently put in the eggs, then I add a little salt and about 1 tablespoon of vinegar. I bring the water to a boil and take the pan off the heat. Then I cover the pan and let it set for 20 minutes. Then I drain off the hot water and immediately put them in ice cold water. They turn out perfect every time.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:11 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by NZDoug
THX! for the prompt reply, Andy.
1) We have an electric stove so that is why I use an electric kettle to boil the water. Its the speed factor. By the time the water is boiled the pan is also heated. Our next stove will be LPG.
2) If you pierce the fat end of the eggs, wont the egg whites come out?
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1) The point is to raise the temperature of the eggs slowly along with the water.

2) There is an air pocket at the blunt end of the egg and the pin should go into the air pocket. If any white leaks out, it's minimal.
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I usually boil only two or three at a time. I just put the pot with water, let it boil, use a spoon to add the eggs once the water is boiling, and then boil for 20-25 minutes. I know this sounds like a long time, but my eggs come out yellow, no green at all. I would guess the perfect hard boiled egg depends on altitude, gas, electric, qualtity? My stove is electric.
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1) The point is to raise the temperature of the eggs slowly along with the water.

2) There is an air pocket at the blunt end of the egg and the pin should go into the air pocket. If any white leaks out, it's minimal.
A friend of mine said the same thing about bringing the eggs up to temp slowly, but his always turned out green around the edges, and mine turned out perfect with adding them to boiling water and cooking for 20-25 minutes.
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Green on the yolk means overcooked eggs.
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Green on the yolk means overcooked eggs.
Yep, I know, which is why I never used his method of boiling eggs
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Yep, I know, which is why I never used his method of boiling eggs
Bringing the eggs up to a boil in the water isn't the cause, leaving them in boiling water too long is the cause.
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