Follow these simple instructions to make the perfect boiled egg. Your eggs will be delicious and boiled just to how you like it.
So you’re feeling like eating healthier and you want it to be simple to do. Eggs are going to be your answer – nature has done all the work for you. They are by far one of the most versatile superfoods out there!
Boiled eggs are going to allow you to avoid pre-packaged bars and protein-powder energy balls. Not to mention, they are super quick and easy to make.
If you make a hard boiled egg, it’s going to become the perfect protein snack for when you’re on the go. If you want to do the soft boiled egg route, it can be used to a breakfast dish addition that’ll give you a runny yoke (if that’s your style).
The biggest issue most people have is that they don’t calculate the proper timing for when they boil an egg. Nothing is worse than when you crack that shell when you’ve finished, and expecting a hard boiled egg, and it comes out soft boiled and a yoke runs everywhere!
Don’t worry, we got the best guide to perfectly boil your eggs the right way every time, in every way!
Step One: Place the eggs in a pot with cold water and make sure there’s an inch of water above the eggs. Don’t put so many eggs in the pot – overcrowding is bad.
Tip: Add vinegar to the water so the eggshells are easier to peel after it’s done boiling
Step Two: Place the pot on the stovetop over high heat.
Step Three: When the water starts to boil around the eggs, cover the pot and move it to a burner that is off Or you can put it onto a potholder that is on the countertop.
Step Four: Now is the fun part – get your timer out! Look below to see how to perfectly boil your eggs to your personal liking.
Three minutes: Whites are soft and slightly gloopy. The yolks are going to be completely liquid.
Four minutes: Whites are set but soft and floppy. The yolks are still runny but are a little more solid now.
Six minutes: Whites are soft but firm. The yolks are smooth and pudding like.
10 minutes: The whites and yolks are totally firm, but the yolks are still creamy.
15 minutes: The egg is completely solid and hard boiled.
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When the boiling is over, put the eggs into an ice water bath for about a minute. Tap them on the counter and gently crack and peel them open. There ya go – the perfect boiled egg is done!
The Freshness Question
Now let’s start off this way – eggs are only tasty when they’re fresh. If you’re not sure whether the eggs are ready for eating or past their prime, dunk them into a glass bowl filled with water and compare them to the chart we have below.
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On the bottom of the bowl: 100% fresh and at peak flavor.
One corner lifted: A week or so old. They’re still edible!
Standing on a point: A couple weeks old…you should eat them soon.
Floating at the top: Super old – do not eat them!