How to Boil Eggs
Learn how to boil eggs exactly as you like them! For best results, use room tempered
eggs and room tempered water.
Having a similar temperature before
cooking will prevent an egg from cracking. (You can also leave them in
the water for a while before cooking to even out the temperature.)
The Science of How to Boil Eggs to Perfection
For Perfectly Loose Yolk
- Cover the eggs with water,
bring to a boil.
- As soon as the water is boiling turn off the heat and
remove the pot from the stove.
- Cover and let stand for 3 minutes for a
medium sized egg, 4 minutes for large and 5 minutes for extra large.
For Perfectly Semi-Loose Yolk
- Cover with water, bring
to a boil.
- As soon as the water is boiling turn off the heat and remove
the pot from the stove.
- Cover and let stand for 5 minutes for a medium
sized egg, 6 minutes for large and 7-8 minutes for extra large.
For Perfectly Hard-boiled Eggs
- Cover with water, bring to a boil.
- As soon as the water is boiling turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.
- Cover and let stand for 12 minutes for a medium sized egg, 17 minutes for large and 19 minutes for extra large.
the warm water and fill the pot with cold water, change the water a few
times to keep it cool. Leave the eggs to cool completely. Now they
should be easy to peel.
If you want, you can prepare the eggs in
advance. Just remember to keep the shell on, and then they can be
refrigerated up to one week. Peeled hard boiled eggs should be used
When using really fresh eggs, they might be harder to
peel beautifully. When making an egg salad this doesn’t really matter
of course, but if you need perfect ones for another dish, then use those
that are a bit older- within best before date of course. The membrane
gets thicker as the egg get older, and therefore easier to peel.
Well- how about that? Now you know how to boil eggs!
How Old is the Egg?
How do you know how old an egg is? Easy!
When you put the eggs in the pot and fill it up with water, look at them and see:
- If an egg floats entirely, throw it, it’s bad!
- If an egg lies on the bottom, it is very fresh, and harder to peel but absolutely the best to fry and to poach.
- If an egg rises slightly from the bottom it is about one week old, great for hard boiling.
- And if the egg stands straight up, but is still touching the bottom, it is about two weeks old and should be used soon.
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