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How To Boil Eggs

Growing up my favorite part of Easter was decorating the eggs (okay, actually, it may have been the chocolate bunnies, but eggs were right up there). Even now that we're grown up, whenever my family has the opportunity to be together for Easter, we always end up boiling up a batch and dying them. Just in case I'm not the only one who's into dying eggs, I thought I'd give you a few tips on how to boil eggs.

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan with enough water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.
  2. On high heat, bring to a boil.
  3. Cover pan, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes (3-4 for soft-boiled and 5-6 for medium-boiled).
  4. While eggs are sitting, fill a medium bowl with ice and water.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to transfer eggs from pan to ice bath. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from ice bath and enjoy!
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Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
mmmm now I want toast and soft boiled eggs!!
daisymae051479 daisymae051479 10 years
I do basically the same thing except I add a little oil to the water, a little kosher salt, and a little white vinegar. The vinegar really helps keep the yolks towards the center in case you are gonna make deviled eggs. I also let them sit longer too. I bring to boil. Cover. Turn off heat. I let them set on that burner for about 20 minutes. If I'm cracking them now for use to be chopped I put them in a colander in my sink and run cold water over them and just bounce the heck out of them in the colander until they are good and cold and "all cracked up" (lol). The peels slip right off and away we go chopping. If I need them nice I put them in the colander and let the cold water flow over them and give them a little toss every so often. For some reason this works better for me than the ice water bath - don't know why? Truly Outrageous, Daisy Mae
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
this is such a funny post, who doesnt know? Thing is, when you think about there are alot of sad cases out there who dont! arrgh lets all learn now people
adavibf adavibf 10 years
I use my cellphone as a timer when in need =)
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
hehe this is so embaressing but..i dont have a timer! :p i look at the clock and thats not very accurate. oh well!
andaman andaman 10 years
Try timing it with a timer mandiesoh, 6 minutes will work. Just leave the eggs in the boiling water for 6 minutes and then run them under cold water in your sink. Don't put your eggs in until the water has already started to boil though.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
unfortunately i still have not mastered the skill of boiling up a softboiled egg. mine's either uncooked or too cooked! :oops:
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I luv decorating Easter eggs it is so much fun.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
Thanks Yumsugar, but I've had plenty of experience doing this...good post. Cute eggs.
ZergGirl ZergGirl 10 years
I always pour out the hot water, "bounce" the eggs in the pot to crack to the shells, and then put them in the cold bath. It makes them easier to peel the shells off. Or so my Nanna always said...and Nanna was always right! ;)
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
My complete lack of cooking skills thanks you for this.
Also a good tip which helps center the yolk instead of it being on one side or the other- poke a small hole with a thumbtack in the "fat" or rounder end of the egg. Make sure it is the round end- if you do it to the small/oval end the egg runs out (not like I've done that- just saying ;)). It really works!
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