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Old 07-25-2012, 09:58 PM   #91
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I use the boiling water method too. I used to poke a hole in the big end to prevent cracking, but if you lower them gently the risk seems to be pretty low. I've never had one crack. I usually do hard boiled because I normally toss the yolk, but I LOVE runny yolk so I'll have to try this some time. I like the boiling water method because the timing seems to be more precise and the eggs never get tough.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:05 PM   #92
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I like the boiling water method because the timing seems to be more precise and the eggs never get tough.
Me too. There is a term "3 minute egg" and it always works for me. Room temperature egg, spoon to gentle it into the boiling water, three minutes at low boil.

Crack the egg and use a spoon to scoop it out and put it over your toast! :)
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #93
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i guess my 3 minutes turned into 8 because the eggs i used were very cold, right from one of the coldest parts of the fridge.

btw, when everyone says "boiling method", do they mean to keep the water boiling while the eggs cook, or to bring the water to a rolling boil, shut off the heat so the boiling effectively stops, then put the eggs in the water for the prescribed time?
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:23 PM   #94
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i guess my 3 minutes turned into 8 because the eggs i used were very cold, right from one of the coldest parts of the fridge.

btw, when everyone says "boiling method", do they mean to keep the water boiling while the eggs cook, or to bring the water to a rolling boil, shut off the heat so the boiling effectively stops, then put the eggs in the water for the prescribed time?
I always turn it to low and cover them so they stay at boiling temp, but aren't bouncing around at a roiling boil
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:46 PM   #95
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i guess my 3 minutes turned into 8 because the eggs i used were very cold, right from one of the coldest parts of the fridge.

btw, when everyone says "boiling method", do they mean to keep the water boiling while the eggs cook, or to bring the water to a rolling boil, shut off the heat so the boiling effectively stops, then put the eggs in the water for the prescribed time?
I hope we won't get into a long discussion about high-medium-low boil and high-medium-low simmer...

I get the eggs warmed up to room temperature by letting them float in a container of warm to the touch water (not hot) for perhaps 30 minutes. That is primarily to get them to a temperature that the shock of being plunged into boiling water won't fracture the eggs and cause the white to come out and try to become a poached egg.

I bring the pot of water to a mild boil, then drop the eggs in. I start the timer. (I actually used to have an hour glass with sand to time it.) The water stops boiling for a bit but when it resumes low boil I turn down the heat so that it won't continue on to a full boil.

Three minutes and it's done. I like my eggs on the runny side of which most people prefer.

The choices with my method are 3, 4 or 5 minutes. YMMV
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:54 PM   #96
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what temp is " warm to the touch"?

lol, just kidding.

you can calculate 3 minutes out of an hour glass timer... wow!
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what temp is " warm to the touch"?

lol, just kidding.

you can calculate 3 minutes out of an hour glass timer... wow!
Lol... You're in the wrong thread! The funnys are over there!
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what temp is " warm to the touch"?

lol, just kidding.

you can calculate 3 minutes out of an hour glass timer... wow!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hourglass

Three minute egg timer:

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hourglass

Three minute egg timer:

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Who is Henny Youngman? ... Never mind, I'll Google it.

Meanwhile somebody needs to fwap BT.

He probably had some skit involving Ample parking. (Youngman, not BT.) I prolly heard it or a takeoff on it.

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