How To… Boil Eggs Perfectly

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Boiling eggs… So simple and yet so difficult at the same time. There are many different methods you can use, but the following are my preferred methods!

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs

Soft-Boiled-EggThe perfect soft-boiled egg will have a runny yolk and a firm white. How to get a perfect soft-boiled egg? Make sure your eggs are at room temperature to prevent cracking. Fill a saucepan with water (about halfway) and bring it to a boil. Adjust the heat so the boil becomes a rapid simmer. With a slotted spoon, gently lower in the eggs, one at a time. Cook the eggs for 5 minutes. Take the eggs out of the pan and shock the eggs in cold water, so they will stop cooking. You can drop them in an ice bath or you can run them under cold tap water for about 1 minute. This easy method will create delicious soft-boiled eggs, which you can eat straight from the shell. A true breakfast favourite!

Perfect Medium-Boiled Eggs (Slightly firmer yolk)

Medium-Boiled-EggThe perfect medium-boiled egg will have a firm white and a slightly firmer yolk than a soft-boiled egg. My favourite! Use the same method as described above (perfect soft-boiled eggs), but cook the eggs for 7 minutes.  Because these eggs are firmer than the soft-boiled ones, you can peel them like a hard-boiled egg. Medium-boiled eggs are delicious in salad Niçoise or a Caesar salad!

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-Boiled-EggThe perfect hard-boiled eggs call for a slightly different method than the soft-boiled and medium-boiled eggs. First, put your eggs in a saucepan. Fill the pan with cold water, making sure the water covers the eggs by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil. Is the water boiling? Remove the pan from the heat source. Put on the lid and let the eggs sit in the water for 12 minutes. After cooking, don’t forget to shock the eggs in cold water. You can use hard-boiled eggs to make deviled eggs, a party favourite!

Peeling Tips

Older eggs will peel better than fresh eggs. Are the shells particularly stubborn? Peeling under running water will help. For easier peeling, you can also make a small hole or indentation in the shells before boiling the eggs. You just have to make sure you don’t rupture the membrane, because then the egg white will come out of the crack. You can buy an egg pricker or piercer to do this (available on Amazon and other online kitchen gadget sites).

How do you cook your eggs? Do you prefer soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs? Do you have a preferred method you swear by? Let us know & leave a comment!


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