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How to Boil The Perfect Egg

Updated on November 1, 2011

An Incredible Egg

How to Boil the Perfect Egg

How to Boil the Perfect Egg - Without Boiling It

This method of boiling an egg is not new. However, with ‘green’ being the current buzzword it is now deemed eco-friendly and in fact it is.

The method is known as ‘passive boiling’ - it is an eco-friendly way to boil an egg and save on energy.

Here’s the method and it is probably very familiar to many of you:

- take an egg(s)

- place in pot in cold water and cover

- bring to a boil and shut off

- leave egg in water for at least 15 minutes for a hardboiled egg

It is the hot water, now cooling, that will in fact perfectly boil your egg every time.

I started using this method many years ago. That's entirely due to the fact that I had a tendency to put eggs on to boil and then would go off and do 10-20 million different things, forgetting entirely about the eggs until (a) - the pot was burning or (b) they were overcooked and useless.

Even today I still forget about the eggs I am boling - but they just sit, harmlessly, in the pot - and I find them just as good as if I had taken them out after 15-20 minutes.

Many foods can be cooked this way, including corn on the cob, and shrimps, etc.

Appliances to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen

When I boil eggs, I boil them in my electric tea kettle. They come to a boil in only a couple minutes. This also reduces the amount of energy used (wasted) in the kitchen.

In fact the appliances used in the kitchen, and our methods of preparation account for 30 percent of energy consumption used/wasted in the home.

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    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Kulsum Mehmood - and thanks for commenting! Yay!

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      6 years ago from Nagpur, India

      So now I can Boil and peel a perfect egg. So easy. Thanks for sharing.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How interesting, I checked it out and - I've learned something new here. Thanks Jaw!

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      Jaw 

      6 years ago

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome. Thank you for commenting mystery person!

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      MegaDiaraye 

      7 years ago

      First of all that isn't my real name.I just don't like telling my personal information.Anyway yep great idea I'd be sure to try it out.Thnx

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad you like the hub TheBurrow. Thanks for sharing that information about how the egg helps because this is great information to read and pass on to others.

      I still boil my eggs this way. It's nice not to have to think about them - or setting the kitchen on fire.

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      TheBurrow 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Due to a protein deficiency caused by poly-cystic ovarian syndrome I eat an egg, almost every day, after I feel nauseous. It is the only thing that keeps the queasiness from coming back throughout the day. I will defintiely quit wasting energy by turning my stove off after the boil. I might just go ahead and get an electric kettle, too. Thanks again for your awesome hubs!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      The yellow part, the yolk is very nutritious. It has essential fatty acids as well as Vitamins A, E, D and K, cartenoids, calcium, iron, magnesium etc. Not to mention high is protein. Eggs do not raise cholesterol. Unfortunately, many eggs are battery eggs. Please look for organic - or even better directly from a humane farm.

      Thanks for writing!

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      rosietang 

      7 years ago

      is it okay to eat the yellow part? cus i've heard its full of fat and can cause weight gain.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'll try that oil in the water trick, SONNY SIROIS, because sometimes they don't peel too easily - especially when I forget about them. Thanks for the tip. Nice to meet you too by the way. Thanks for commenting.

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      SONNY SIROIS 

      8 years ago from Fort Fairfield, Maine

      I got turned on to this method of boiling eggs a few years back on the advice of Martha Stewart. I also add a small amount of vegetable oil to the water - seems to help the egg shell peel off a little easier. Thanks for the easy, yet informative Hub!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It works Richard Armen - it is the only way I boil eggs. Really easy breezy - and no house fires. Enjoy!

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      Richard Armen 

      8 years ago

      This is awesome as I just got some eggs today to make into hard boiled eggs. Thanks.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you Hummingbird5356! I don't know why we would want to seek out the most difficult ways to do the simplest things.

      Nice to meet you by the way. I am also your fan!

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      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      A very good idea.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I love deviled eggs SamAntone - so easy to suck them down so I know what you mean.

      This is the only way I know how to make eggs - which is great because I tend to forget everything I put on the stove.

      Enjoy your next dozen eggs!

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      SamAntone 

      8 years ago

      Uh oh! Now I can eat a dozen boiled eggs with an excuse: "Well, I saved on energy!" It's true, though: Once, I made the mistake of making deviled eggs on an empty stomach. After I tried the first one to see if it was good, I looked around. No mom or wife was in the area. My mind went into justification and calculation mode. . . . the rest is history.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Our grandmothers were great - weren't they Tracy711?

      We learned so much from them and didn't even realize how much we were learning.

      This just makes so much sense.

      I'm glad you wrote!

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      Tracy711 

      9 years ago

      Very nice hub truly informative. My grandmother made boiled eggs this way so I learned a long time ago. And thank goodness because I would hate to forget about it and start a fire or something. But as always thank you and keep smiling

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It is so stressfree TonieTate! And I know that is your area of expertise.

      So nice to meet you and I just became your fan!

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      TonieTate 

      9 years ago from Metro-Atlanta

      Hi. This is very informative. I have never tried boiling an egg this way but I looking forward to trying this method. Thanks

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great! and then I can update the hub. Lots of people like soft-boiled eggs

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      Catherine R 

      9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Ok I will time it and let you know!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello Catherine R - I always eat hardboiled - but my friend says she just lets it sit in the pot for no more than 5 minutes and is happy. I suppose less time is what it takes. Do let me know if you try it for less minutes - and I will add that to the link for folks that want soft-boiled.

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      Catherine R 

      9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is a great method for getting a perfect hard boiled egg. What about a soft boiled egg?

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It really does work ajm5050 - and it is so easy! The method is great too because we are all multi-tasking (for no good reasons) and I used to forget the stupid egg and - what a mess! I do this with corn on the cob too.

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      ajm5050 

      9 years ago from NY

      I am definitely using this method because aside from it being green, I can’t recall the last time I boiled a perfect egg. Thanks a bunch Bk :)

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm convinced the egg came first - everything has to have a birth - maybe it rolled out of the sea.

      Glad you liked the hub - I cannot boil an egg any other way.

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      \Brenda Scully 

      9 years ago

      what an informative hub.... now which came first was it the egg

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      That's another fun thing justmesuzanne - having the water boil away - I've done it all. You know if we want to cook 'green,' all we have to do is ask our grandmothers and other elders - they knew how to live 'green' - or just use common sense, as they would say.

      I was such a fan of Andy Griffith - and Aunt Bee - and all things NC. Thanks for the breakfast episode.

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      justmesuzanne 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Great advice! I will try this! Every few times that I boil eggs, I forget about them. Then I always think of the time that Opie tried to make breakfast (on The Andy Griffith Show) and he had to keep refilling the water on the boiled eggs because it kept boiling away. Andy asked him how long he had been cooking the eggs, and Opie told him. Andy replied, "Mmm-mmm! I always did like a nice 45-minute egg!"

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wow JH - Loved the quick vid - I'll try this!

      Thanks!

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      Jody Heckenlively 

      9 years ago

      Great Hub - this is the same method I use! And once the egg has boiled and cooled, try this for getting it out of the shell! http://tinyurl.com/yvyvsc

      I can't do it quite as well as the man in the video...but it does work!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I know what you mean Nicole! Imagine eggs getting the best of us - this is such a relief. I have an egg waiting for me right now - no worries over here!

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      Nicole 

      9 years ago

      Great BKCreative! No more cursing at burned pots and exploding eggs for me! :)

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