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Eggs - Boiling them Soft or Hard

Updated on October 28, 2018

Boiled Egg Facts

  • need to cover with cold water, with about half egg space of water above eggs
  • add salt to water to stop broken or cracked eggs from breaking or oozing
  • bring to a boil, uncovered, about 12 minutes
  • cover at boil, and reduce heat to low
  • set timer for 12 minutes for hard boiled eggs - yolks will be hard and crumbly
  • set timer to 4 minutes, for soft boiled eggs - yolks will be soft, but not runny

Water Facts

  • water should be cool or cold, not hot water
  • water should cover the eggs by about an inch
  • water should be brought to a boil, usually 12 minutes
  • after boil is reached, pot should be covered and heat reduced to low
  • set timer for 12 minutes for hard boiled eggs
  • a watched pot never boils, isn't true, but feels true

Cooking the Eggs

Bring to boil. The red object is an egg timer.
Bring to boil. The red object is an egg timer.
cover
cover
reduce heat to low.
reduce heat to low.
set timer to 12 minutes
set timer to 12 minutes
the egg timer has changed color
the egg timer has changed color
this egg timer does indicate that you are doing okay. There is a dark pink dot that shows the progress.
this egg timer does indicate that you are doing okay. There is a dark pink dot that shows the progress.

Salt Facts

  • salt is necessary to coagulate whites if they emerge from an egg that has a crack
  • a teaspoon of salt is enough

Cooling

  • remove most of hot water
  • add cold water
  • drain cold water
  • add additional cold water
  • feel egg with palm - you can feel if it is cool
  • when cool, place in box, cover, and put in refrigerator -eggs smell like sulfur if they are not covered

Transfer pan to sink to begin cooling process
Transfer pan to sink to begin cooling process
Carefully remove hot water
Carefully remove hot water
hot water mostly gone
hot water mostly gone
fill with cool water
fill with cool water
feel an egg to see if it has cooled yet
feel an egg to see if it has cooled yet

Peeling Eggs

  • older eggs peel better than new eggs
  • tap boiled egg on hard surface on flat end of egg
  • remove broken shell from end, look for egg membrane between egg and shell
  • gently slide thumb in between egg and membrane
  • loosen egg
  • remove shell

tap egg on flat end
tap egg on flat end
egg will cave in if you have correct end
egg will cave in if you have correct end
first peel should remove cracked end and show egg below the membrane and shell.
first peel should remove cracked end and show egg below the membrane and shell.
shell and membrane should easily pop away from egg
shell and membrane should easily pop away from egg
Remove shell
Remove shell
Here is your hard boiled egg, ready to rinse and use. You'll have to wash off any small bits of egg shell.
Here is your hard boiled egg, ready to rinse and use. You'll have to wash off any small bits of egg shell.

Recipes Using Hard Boiled Eggs

I have a few recipes that use boiled eggs:

  1. deviled eggs
  2. egg salad
  3. pickled eggs
  4. smoked eggs
  5. chipped beef on toast
  6. Easter eggs for coloring
  7. Soft boiled eggs are good in a bowl, chopped up with butter, salt and pepper

Cut with knife.
Cut with knife.
ready to salt and pepper and pop in mouth.
ready to salt and pepper and pop in mouth.
Store in covered container in refrigerator
Store in covered container in refrigerator

Egg Shell Choices

  • discard shells in trash
  • crumble shells and place on soil in house plants
  • place egg shells in garden
  • place egg shells in compost pile

Norpro Egg Perfect Egg Timer
Norpro Egg Perfect Egg Timer
This timer changes color and tells you what stage your egg boiling is at.
 

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Smoked eggs are hard boiled eggs that get marinated in a 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoon liquid smoke 2 cups water brine. After a few days, you eat them. Now you have me thinking... have I done a page on Smoked Eggs?

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We love boiled eggs but often I am not consistent in cooking these eggs. Now I can set the time. I don't think I've ever had smoked eggs.

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