For the most consistent eggs, I recommend boiling the water first. Its easier to get the timing right and in my experience, it just works well.
I think its important to note that you must be careful not to burn yourself when placing the eggs in the boiling water. I think we have all faced that problem before. You drop the eggs in and have the water splash back up onto your hands … not good.
Remember to reduce the heat while adding the eggs to the pot, and return to boil after.
It’s best to use a stainless steel skimmer to place the eggs in the hot water.
It’s also a good idea to place the eggs n some ice-cold water once they have cooked to stop the cooking process and to make them easier to peel.
How long do you boil an egg?
It really depends on how you would like your eggs cooked. Do you like soft or hard-boiled eggs? For soft boiled try around 6 minutes and for hard around 10.
As I mentioned, you’ll have to experiment a bit to see what works best for you and your preferences.
Can you over boil an egg?
Absolutely. It’s very easy to over boil an egg. You will end up with an egg that’s yolk is a browny green color, and it won’t taste very nice at all. Remember to follow the tips above to avoid this.
After you have finished boiling your eggs, place them into a container with ice and water. This not only ensures that the eggs stop cooking, but makes them easy to peel once they’ve cooled down. There is also a baking soda trick for boiled eggs.
Can I put eggs directly in boiling water?
Yes, you can place your cold eggs from the fridge, straight into boiling water. You can also use a steamer over a boiling pot to cook them. However, you should lower the heat and allow them to simmer for about 10 to 11 minutes for hard eggs and six minutes if they soft eggs.
- What is the best way to get started with cold eggs?
If your eggs are cold, the best way to get started is putting them in cold water and allows them to heat gradually. This ensures the white part of the eggs will not get rubbery. However, this method is long, and you have little control over how long the eggs take to cook.
- What makes eggs crack when boiled?
The eggs crack due to pressure caused by the inside them that expands as they heat. One the easiest way to prevent cracking of eggs is to leave them for some time and allow them to get into room temperature before boiling them. Adding some tap water helps quicken the process. This is important if you store your eggs in the refrigerator.
- What is the average time that hard-boiled eggs should sit in cold water?
They should sit for about five minutes before you place them on a stove. Allow them to cook on the stove and once they boil, switch off the stove. Leave them to sit in hot water for about 13 minutes before removing them and leaving them to cool in ice-bath water for about five minutes.
- How can eggs be boiled at once?
It depends on how big your pan is. But you should not exceed more than 24 eggs to allow easy control. However, this should not limit your ability to cook more if you can.