How do you boil eggs?

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How do you boil eggs?
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Wed, 04-23-2014 - 5:21pm

My husband and I are having an argument over the best way to boil eggs (hard boil). Assuming the eggs are not room temp...

I like to add the eggs to the water BEFORE boiling. My husband insists that adding them after the water is boiling is better. (He says he'll still only get one or two that crack.) I also like to only boil mine for a few minutes and then let them sit the rest of the time, further cooking, before running under cold water. He boils the entire time then runs under cold water. 

What's your method?


demecafe

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 5:51pm

I cook them the way my mom taught me: Put eggs in a saucepan, add cold water just to cover them, and salt, and cover with tight fitting lid. Heat until a rolling boil, remove pan from heat and let it sit, covered, for 30 mins. Run cold water into the pan until eggs are cool, then refrigerate to chill eggs thoroughly. Since we're trying to conserve water here I run cold water over the eggs until the pan is cool then put cold water plus a bunch of ice cubes and let it sit for a few minutes, then drain and refrigerate. I cooked eggs this way last weekend and they turned out perfectly. Older eggs are supposed to be easier to peel than fresher eggs. If an egg has a weak shell it might crack in this method but usually the shells don't crack.

There is an alternate method in which you remove the eggs from the boiling water into a bowl of ice water then return to the boiling water then do the cold water rinse. It is supposed to make the eggs easier to peel and prevent the yolks from turning green. Too much extra effort for me when my mom's method usually works fine.

It sounds like your dh cooks them like soft boiled or poached eggs, but for longer. How does he know when its long enough but not too long?

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 9:01pm

Whoda thunk there were so many variations on boiling eggs?  Just as my mother did, I put cold eggs, which are at least a week old, in cold water to cover, along with salt and a glug of vinegar.  The salt hastens the boil, and the vinegar both softens the shell, which makes peeling easier, and prevents the white from spilling out if there is an undetected crack.  I bring the water to a boil, and then boil for about 10 minutes.  At that time I run ice cold water into the pan on top of the boiling water untill the water is cold, and then I either immediatly eat, or refrigerate them. This insures that any salmonella on or in the egg is history, yet prevents that green/gray ring, which is caused by overcooking. 

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Registered: 04-16-2008
Fri, 04-25-2014 - 10:44am

Depends what I use the eggs for!  ;-)

If I just want a soft-boil egg for breakfast - put egg in cold water, bring to a boil, torn off heat, let it sit covered for 4 minutes, drain, rinse in cold water briefly, then serve immediately.  For hard-boiled eggs, start with not-so-fresh eggs, bring to boil in cold water and let it boil for a minute (or so), then let it sit covered for 10-15 minutes (depends on size of eggs), drop in ice water bath immediately, let them chill for a couple minutes, then peel under running water.

Too lazy to deal with salt and vinegar and any of that.  So far, plain water seems to work fine for me.

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 04-28-2014 - 11:49pm

I put them in cold water, bring to the boil, cover and turn off the burner.  Let them sit for 10 minutes or so in the hot covered pan.  Check out the eggs my neighbor's hen laid this week!  

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Registered: 01-25-2000
Fri, 05-02-2014 - 6:41pm

Gosh it has been so long since I even boiled an egg or two, soft or hard.  I have lots of goose eggs and I think I will boil them up.  Maybe today while I am thinking of it.  The rest of the eggs I've left for the geese.  Maybe one of them will sit and I'll get more geese?   Hmmm, just what I need......(being sarcastic here)Smileycons!

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Registered: 10-01-2002
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 7:13am
I always start with cold water and I add the eggs I will time them 4 mins and let set in water a little longer then I will remove the hot water put cold water in chill a little and start to crack and peel them I next will place them on a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to drain * I don't like to over cook them due to it makes them tough and and the yolk will turn green.. I love making eggs * the older the egg the better it peels.. Fresh eggs are hard to peel even with the baking soda in the water..
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Registered: 10-01-2002
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 7:14am
HOW nice Goose eggs I love those large eggs.. sometimes they have more than one yolk in them.. YOU are very lucky to have geese..
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