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How To Boil Eggs

By Edited Apr 13, 2016 2 4

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How To Boil Eggs

Today you are going to learn how to boil eggs. More importantly you will learn how long to boil eggs. If you boil eggs too long they get green yolks and grey whites, if you don't boil eggs long enough, it leaves a runny egg yolk. (Some people like their eggs runny)

By following this procedure exactly, your eggs will result in the least amount of cracks, you will avoid green yolks, overcooked eggs and grey egg whites. This will also maximize taste and flavor.


  • Eggs
  • A pot to boil water in
  • Wooden spatula


The Seven Steps to a Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

  1. Select eggs that have aged in the fridge anywhere from 3-7 days, they are much easier to peel. Fresh ones are usually harder to peel after they're boiled.
  2. Add enough water to the pot to fully submerge the eggs plus an inch. Before boiling the eggs, let them sit to room temp, this prevents green yolks.
  3. Place eggs into the pan softly, do not double layer them or they won't cook properly. Use the spatula to place the eggs where they will move the least to decrease cracking. Starting with cold water helps prevent them from overcooking, although it increases cooking time.
  4. Add a teaspoon of salt to help cracked eggs coagulate faster. It also allows for easier peeling. If you used fresh eggs, then its better to add a tbsp of baking soda as an alternative.
  5. Start trying to boil the water, put a lid on it before it boilsAs soon as it starts to boil, turn off the heat, do not un-cover, wait at least 15 minutes. If you cook them too long they become discolored and smelly, while too little cooking causes runny eggs.
  6. Take eggs out of hot water and place in a cool bowl of water. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes
  7. Peeling the eggs; the best way to do this is to roll the egg in your hands, this loosens the shell. Next you just carefully remove the shell. It should come off as 2 or 3 pieces, if you cooked it correctly.

    • Don't boil cracked eggs.
    • To tell if the egg is cooked, spin it on a hard surface. If it spins fast and steady, then it's cooked.
    • Place your eggs in water. If they float, than throw them away they are bad eggs. If the egg lies on its sides then it's very fresh. If the top or bottom stick out then its an aged egg which is best for cooking.
    • Carefully monitor cooking time.

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Jan 19, 2013 6:48pm
Who knew that boiling eggs was such a detailed pursuit. Great tips here.
Feb 7, 2013 10:16am
Thanks jade !
Cooking is a science of trial & error, When all you got is eggs you can pick up some neat tricks pretty quick :)
Jan 19, 2013 8:49pm
Wow - I didn't know you could learn so much about the state of the egg by how it sits in the water in the pan. If they float they are bad.... that is very good to know.
Feb 7, 2013 10:19am
the eggs will always float, if it floats to the very top, then its bad. Thanks for reading!
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