Learning how to boil eggs is a must for everyone. Eggs are currently thought to be a healthy dietary staple. They provide a good source of vitamins and protein and, unless you have high cholesterol, can be enjoyed quite frequently without any problems. Boiled eggs are delicious for breakfast, or can be enjoyed cold as a sandwich filling for lunch.
For soft boiled eggs:
Fill a saucepan with water so that it will cover the eggs by 1/2 an inch. Put the saucepan over a high heat setting. When the water comes to the boil, lower the heat so that the water simmers gently. Now leave the eggs to cook for between 3 and 5 minutes, depending on how soft you want them.
For hard boiled eggs:
Hard boiled eggs are difficult to peel if they are too fresh. If you are using them in a sandwich, or for a recipe, use eggs that are 5 days old, at least, from when they were packed.
Put the eggs in the saucepan and cover them with cold water by 1/2 an inch. Heat up the water until it is simmering. Then time the eggs cooking for 6 or 7 minutes. Now quickly cool the eggs off under a cold running tap. Hold them under the tap for around 1 minute. Put them in a bowl of cold water for around 2 minutes. Now you can peel them.
To peel the eggs, tap them on the side of the bowl to crack the shells. Break away the shell under a cold, running tap. Dry them off with kitchen paper before using them in your sandwich filler or recipe.
Don't boil an egg that has come straight from the fridge. It is likely to crack.
Eggs should be boiled for at least 3 minutes to avoid the risk of Salmonella poisoning.
Use as small a saucepan as possible to stop the eggs rattling around. Too much movement might cause them to break.
Prick the eggs with a pin at the round end before boiling to prevent a build up of pressure. The pressure can cause them to crack.
Everyone has their own idea of how to boil eggs but, if you follow these simple directions, you should be able to enjoy a soft, or hard boiled egg for breakfast, or lunch, without too many problems. Learning to boil eggs properly comes with practice. Over the years, people come to know how to boil eggs to their liking without much difficulty.