Learning how to boil eggs is not that difficult. It is one of those simple and straightforward cooking tricks that we can all do with it. Boiling eggs is something many of us have tried at some point or another. The trouble is that not every method is successful the same way.
Bring a pot of very hot water to just below boiling point. Ensure that you add just enough hot water to cover your eggs perfectly. Hard-boiled eggs will be unevenly boiled if they are not completely submerged. A quick note on boiling water temperature: you may have heard you should always begin by adding cold water and then bringing it to a gentle boil.
Bring the pot to just below the simmering point and place your eggs into the pot. Cover the pot tightly after this. The boiling process may take up to ten minutes, depending on how strong your egg. When the timer goes off, carefully remove the lid and move the pot around to ensure that the eggs are evenly cooked.
This is the part where the tricky part comes in. You need to keep your hand under the lid to watch it. You simply move the timer away from when you started to boil the eggs and towards the end when they are ready with a timer. This ensures that the boiling process is even across the whole of the shell. Continue this until your desired stage is achieved – just as long as you are still within the twelve minutes.
If you find that your hard-boiled eggs are still hard, you can try adjusting your timer to an earlier time. This may be harder to do – as you will need to watch the timer closely to make sure the eggs are soft-boiled all the way through. The good news here is that you can try again to fix it if you find that the timer is too far off. After waiting for the egg to become soft enough, remove the lid and gently coax it into the center. Use a spatula to flip and spread it around, being careful to not smash the yoke.
Another option is to use a combination of the first two steps. Start by setting the timer to the earliest part of the recommended cooking time – ten minutes before you need to serve your eggs. Once this is done, add one teaspoon of salt to the bottom of the egg. Then place the egg directly into the hot boiling water with the salt in the bottom. Cover the container and leave it for the best way you want to cook them.
Basic Boiled egg cook time guidelines:
- 2 to 4 minutes for very soft, runny yolks, and egg whites may be slightly soft or runny.
- 6 to 8 minutes for soft eggs with a set yolk and firm whites.
- 10 to 15 minutes for Hard-boiled with fully set, evenly cooked yolks and egg whites.
Once the egg has finished boiling, carefully remove it from the heat source and allow it to cool down to room temperature. Using a measuring cup, measure the volume out of the egg. Count one to three to determine how long you need to let the egg cook. Once it’s done, carefully cover it with the cooling rack, ensuring that it is completely covered to keep the steam confined and the yolk from exploding.
Your soft-boiled eggs will now be ready to enjoy! Serve with a fresh fruit salad. Make sure to wash the rind and reserve it for another day or two. You can also garnish your salad with some real food; your hard-boiled eggs will taste better this way.
If you are a pasta lover, you can easily make a delicious hot pasta sauce to top off your boiled eggs. Toss some noodles in a saucepan, a bit of oil, and pepper, and heat over a low heat. Just be sure to allow your noodles to lightly brown before adding them to your heated pasta sauce.
Once your noodles are done, remove them from the heat source and allow them to cool down. Now you can mix them with your desired ingredients and seasonings. Put them in your prepared saucepan, ensuring that the lid is tightly closed. Over medium heat, your egg pot will bubble and the steam will seal up your eggs. When they are fully cooked, pull the pot from the heat source and carefully remove the cooked noodles from their saucepan.
Boiling Eggs can be a fun process if you are willing to invest a bit of time and energy into it. The great thing about this method is that you can easily do this no matter how old your eggs are. As long as you have a stovetop, an egg can be boiled. Best of all, the eggs will be perfectly safe and fresh when you finish your meal. So get out there, find yourself an egg, and begin cooking!