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How To Boil an Egg - A Simple Guide

Updated on August 14, 2010

Don't be ashamed, boiling an egg is simple

It's ok to admit that you don't know how to boil an egg. Many people who claim to be great cooks don't even know how to properly boil an egg, even though it's quite simple.

Step 1: Place egg or eggs in a sauce pan or pot.

Step 2: Fill with cold water until the water level is 1 inch above the egg.

Step 3: Place the sauce pan on a stove and turn up the heat to medium.

Step 4: When the water begins to boil, turn down the heat to low.

Step 5: Decide whether you want soft or hard boiled eggs. If you want soft boiled eggs, keep the eggs on low for about 3 minutes. If you want to make deviled eggs or an egg salad sandwich, you're going to want to hard boil the eggs. This means keeping them simmering on the stove for about 12 minutes.

Step 6: Spoon out the egg or eggs and run cold water over them. You've now boiled an egg. Enjoy not just the taste but also the protein and vitamins you're adding to your diet.

Warning: if you leave the egg simmering in the water on the stove for too long you will destroy some of the protein and possible some of the other nutrients. You'll also get a green ring on the yolk where sulfur and iron are concentrating, which actually doesn't taste terrible but also means you've lost some of the health benefits of the egg.

Contrary to popular belief, eggs are very healthy and a source of good cholesterol and not a major source of bad cholesterol. 


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