Whether you like soft boiled eggs or hard boiled eggs, you
can make them easily and quickly every time once you know how.
Boiled eggs are such an easy and nutritious meal for everyone – for breakfast, for a light lunch or for a tea-time special with lots of buttered toast (yes, even toast "fingers" or "ladders" as my husbands grandmother called them.) they are so delicious.
The most important thing these days is that many of us tend to keep our eggs in the refrigerator because we are purchasing them from a refrigerated unit at the grocery store.
But if you obtain your eggs from a source that sells eggs at air temperature, then you will not have to cook your eggs as long.
Directions below offer steps for both scenarios.
You only need a small pan for boiling eggs and place them (very gently!) in cold water and bring quickly to the boil.
Once boiling, reduce the water to a soft boil for the amount of time needed - see below.
For this use a kitchen timer so that you will be accurate
People like their eggs cooked differently so this is how to boil an egg especially for you.
Not only will it matter what the temperature of your egg is before beginning to cook it, the size will also make a difference as well. So if you find the times given below do not produce the kind of egg you want, then add or subtract a minute or two as needed to give you the outcome you desire.
These are eggs boiled in their shells so that the white is firm and the yolk is still soft - as in the picture above.
If you prefer your eggs soft boiled, cook as above for 4 minutes.
For those of you who prefer your eggs where both the white and the yolks are firm, cook for 5 minutes.
Boil the water before placing your refrigerated eggs in the pot.
But you should not place eggs from the fridge directly
into a pan of boiling water – why? Because they will crack.
So take the pot with the boiling water off the heat and place your eggs gently into the water with a slotted spoon, when the water calms down a little. Then place pot back on the heat and begin timing.
We buy large eggs and boil them for 6 minutes for soft boiled eggs perfect for dunking toast into.
It is best not to cook your eggs longer than 10 minutes as they will become rubbery. Turn the heat off at this point and leave the eggs in the water for another 5-7 minutes depending on their size.
If you want to remove the shell before eating your hard
boiled eggs, or if you need them for a recipe it is a good idea to peel the
shell either under running water so that the bits run off, or place the eggs in
a pan of cold water and remove the shell in the water, while they are still hot.
The cold water will cool the eggs and prevent the black rings that appear around the yolks.
Now you know how to boil an egg all that is left is for you is to tweak the timing to your liking and
to enjoy them!