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The Best Way to Boil an Egg

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Unless you struggle with high cholesterol levels, incorporating eggs into your diet could be a very smart decision. Eggs are a very good source of protein and vitamins. In fact, just one egg contains up to 6 grams of protein and 9 amino acids. Eating an egg each day will also give you a good amount choline, about 300 micrograms. If you're wondering what the benefits of choline are, choline helps to regulate the brain, the cardiovascular system, and the nervous system. So there are actually many benefits that come with adding eggs into your diet.

Eggs could be enjoyed in a number of ways and one of my favorite ways of enjoying eggs is through hard-boiling them. Boiling eggs is one of the quickest and easiest ways of prepping eggs. I will be detailing my method for boiling an egg.

boiling egg

Things You Will Need

A Saucepan

Step 1

Be sure that you don't use fresh eggs, as they will be difficult to peel since the white membranes have not fully matured yet. Place the eggs in a small saucepan and filled the saucepan with cold water. It is important that you fill the saucepan with enough water to cover the eggs and to have about an inch of water above the eggs and throw in a teaspoon of salt as well.

Step 2

Leaving the saucepan uncovered, turn the heat on high and boil until the water starts to boil. Then you want to turn the heat down to bring the water down to a simmer and let the eggs simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 3

so that you prevent the eggs continuing to cook from their own heat and also to prevent discoloration of the yolk. The shock of the cold water will also help to create steam between the egg white and the shell making peeling much easier. You want to have the eggs in cold water for at least 10 minutes to be sure that they have fully cooled.

Step 4

Right away, take the saucepan off the heat and begin running cold water into the saucepan. This is done. Don't overcook your eggs because when the egg is overcooked, there will be a dark ring that forms around the egg yolk.

To peel your eggs, start by gently tapping it on a hard surface and then start peeling at the open end where there is usually an air pocket. It is best to use eggs within a few hours and if not, refrigerate immediately.

And voila! Enjoy your hardboiled egg!

Tips & Warnings



Oct 8, 2010 10:58pm
Great egg boiling advice. That's pretty much the way I do it except for the peeling part. I like to roll the egg between my hands and the shell just sorts of seperates from the egg.
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