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101: How to Boil an Egg

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“She can’t even boil an egg.”

Even I must admit, boiling the perfect egg is easier said than done. I personally think that cooking eggs are some of the more temperamental and difficult skills to master in the kitchen. My dad actually begins his week every week boiling about seven eggs to easily grab every morning on his way out the door. He recently asked me what the correct amount of time was to boil an egg without having it too soft or to the point where the yolk turns the green/gray color.  I honestly could not give him an exact answer and it drove me crazy!

After some trial and error, I have perfected the method and time it takes to boil a soft, medium, and hard egg! Be careful to follow exactly when to put the egg in the pot because it does change depending on how soft you prefer your egg.

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 Soft

Bring a pot of water to boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then add your eggs and cook for 4-5 minutes. Drain from the hot water and transfer to a bowl with ice water to help with peeling.

Medium

Bring a pot of water to boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then add your eggs and cook for 7-8 minutes. Drain from the hot water and transfer to a bowl with ice water to help with peeling.

Hard

Unlike soft and medium, add your egg in the pot with the cold water (about an inch of water) and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. As soon as the water boils, cover the pot and remove from heat. Allow to sit off the heat for 8 minutes. Drain and cool in ice water, then peel.

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3 thoughts on “101: How to Boil an Egg

  1. Thanks for the advise Madeline,
    I have trouble boiling the perfect egg as well, mine come out slightly greenish/brown and are
    difficult to peel. Do you have a good recipe for making egg salad spread for sandwiches?

    I will definitely try your peanut butter stuffed French toast.

    1. I’m glad I could help! I will definitely come up with a egg salad sandwich recipe to share with you!

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