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How Long Do you Boil An Egg

By Edited May 29, 2014 5 11

Steps on How to Make a Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Boiled Eggs
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If you fancy eating eggs for breakfast every day, the easiest way to cook it is to simply just boil it. Boiling may be the simplest way to cook this versatile ingredient, but it is often hard for everyone to  master the hard-boiled option. The question is how long do you boil an egg to get a flawless yolk, and easily crack the shell without the white attaching to it? Follow these simple steps:

1. Start by choosing your the right egg You don’t want to boil any with visible cracks since you don’t want the white seeping out. You also want to make sure they are a minimum of 3 days old. Freshly hatched are harder to peel since their membranes are thinner.


Eggs Water
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Tip: To check the freshness , simply just place them in a small bowl with water. If it falls on its side, it’s still fresh from hatching. If it stands on one of its end, it is ready to be cooked. If it floats, then you have to throw it away.

2 Place the eggs into a medium-sized saucepan in one layer, and cover them with at least one to two inches of cold water. Don’t use warm water as you want the eggs and water to warm at the same time. This will also avoid the shells from cracking.

3. Cook the them on high heat, and wait for them to boil. Reduce the heat to low once it reaches a rapid boiling point. Let it simmer for one minute while on low heat, then remove the pan from heat.

4. Cover the pan tightly, and let them  cook by the heat from the water. A medium-sized egg needs 12 minutes to cook, large size need 17 minutes, and jumbo size needs 19 minutes.

5. Take the lid off, and drain the water out of the pan. Place cold water once more into the pan to remove the remaining heat, and drain again after a couple of minutes. Repeat the process until the drained water is now cold.

Tip: To test if they are hard-boiled, spin the egg on a hard, flat surface. If it spun steadily in one place and did not fly off in another direction, then it’s hard-boiled. Otherwise, the egg will be unsteady when spun if they are still soft-boiled.

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May 22, 2014 11:44pm
That's a nice article, useful for me as I mostly end up cooking soft boiled eggs when I intend to boil them hard :/ :P
May 23, 2014 12:10am
I made the article because I did the same, so enough was enough i did some research and made this article lol.
May 23, 2014 12:13am
Hehe. So this article solves the issue. Thanks to you :D
Jun 4, 2014 2:57pm
Perfect explanation - I like the crying eggs
Jun 22, 2014 5:35pm
Wow--I give you two super thumbs for creativity--you took an unexpected topic and made it into a truly interesting read. You get a rating from me and you've gained a new follower.
Jun 24, 2014 3:42am
Thanks for your kind words Marlando. U also have gained a new follower! Thank you for reading!
Jun 22, 2014 8:12pm
I usually boil my eggs by "instinct." You did a great job of explaining how to perfect a hard-boiled egg. You make it so scientific! Thumbs up!
Jun 24, 2014 3:43am
Thanks curiousity lol I also did too!! Then one time I stuffed it up when cooking for a girl I was dating one morning so I decided to research and write an article about it. Thank you for your comment.
Jun 26, 2014 8:14pm
Spot on! Nice informative article.
Jun 26, 2014 10:26pm
Thanks Jon!!! means alot coming from a Chef :)
Jun 27, 2014 12:58am
I would just keep them on full boil for ten minutes - it's always worked for me!
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