Perfect boiled eggs: how to make them

boiled eggs

I hate from the bottom of my heart when I make boiled eggs and they are too soft or too hard or when they don’t peel smoothly and I don’t like how they look or when they crack and make the boiling water look so gross. As far as I know, fresh eggs are difficult to peel, while older eggs peel easier. Thus, the last part is not a real problem, but I still hate that I don’t know how long should I boil these eggs.

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We all know that boiling an egg isn’t rocket science – boil the water in a pot, put your egg in and then take it out after a few minutes, right? Well, yes, but the time you take to boil the egg can drastically change the outcome, so we thought it would be a good idea to outline how long you should boil an egg depending on your preferences. Obviously, you will start counting the minutes after the water starts boiling. So…

  • 4 minutes for really soft boiled yolk and set white
  • 6 minutes for slightly set yolk and set white
  • 8 minutes for a medium cooked firmer yolk and white
  • 10 minutes for hard boiled with lightly soft yolk
  • 12 minutes for firmly hard boiled

Personally, I like to eat boiled eggs for breakfast. I simply boil them, add some salt and chili flakes and eat them with some vegetables like tomatoes or bell pepper, some cheese and bread. I usually like to boil them for 6-7 minutes because I don’t like runny eggs that are pretty much uncooked, but I hate hard boiled eggs when they are overcooked and have that gray-green ring around the yolk as well. It changes the taste and texture of the yolk. I also want to let you know that large eggs should be boiled longer than smaller ones.


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