Boiled eggs are tasty, nutritious, filling and easy-to-make. Boiling egg is not a rocket science but timing plays an important role for boiling perfect eggs. If you are not sure about it, the eggs either end up being runny from inside or too hard to taste well. Here are some basic things that you must keep in mind while boiling the eggs.
2. Step 1
Place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water and put the pot on the stove. Always add eggs before you add water to the pot because they might crack as they fall to the bottom of the pan. The water should cover the eggs.
3. Step 2
Put pot over high heat and bring water to a boil. Remove pot from heat when water starts bubbling and then cover the pot. Allow the eggs to sit in the water until they are cooked; about 4 minutes for runny soft boiled eggs, 7 minutes for creamy hard boiled eggs and 9 minutes for hard boiled eggs. You will notice that the eggs are perfectly cooked with bright yellow yolks and non-rubbery egg whites.
4. Step 3
Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs from the hot water and transfer them to a large bowl with ice cold water. Let them cool completely. If the shells are hard and stiff, try peeling them under running water.
5. Step 4
To crack the shell, tap the eggs on the counter and then roll them between your hands. Then, hold the eggs under running, room temperature water and peel the shells off.
6. How long do boiled eggs last
Soft-boiled eggs are best eaten fresh, but can be stored in the shell in the refrigerator for up to two days whereas hard boiled eggs can be stored in their shells in the refrigerator for up to a week.
7. How to buy eggs
Buy only refrigerated eggs with unbroken shells. Check the sell-by date or expiration date on the carton. Also, check for graded eggs to meet standards for quality and size.
8. Fun facts
– The colour of the yolk depends on the diet of the hen.
– A large egg contains only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat.
– An average hen lays 250 to 300 eggs a year.
– 40% of the world’s eggs are consumed in China.
– Brown eggs are more expensive than white eggs, but its not because they are healthier.
-To tell if the egg is cooked just spin it. If the egg spins easily, it is hard-cooked but if it wobbles, it is raw.