Friday, September 25, 2009

Fix-It-Fridays: How to Boil an Egg

There's more than one way to skin a cat (is that an inappropriate reference for a foodish blog?) and there's more than one way to hard boil an egg.

Some people claim a very specific method to boiling eggs. They even make a very specific little uni-tasker for this purpose - the egg timer! Yet there's no method to my madness. Sometimes I bring the water to a boil first. Sometimes I throw the eggs in before it boils. I don't set any timers so I just boil them until I remember to go back and turn the stove off. Usually this is before all the water has evaporated from the pan. Is it possible to boil eggs for to long?

I've always wondered if there's a correct technique and yet I rarely have problems.

So, fix it! What's your version of the proper way to boil an egg? Do you add anything to the water? Submerge in cold water? Peel while still hot or wait until they cool down?


  1. Haha! My ex husband used to argue with my way of boiling an egg. Till I got wise and threatened to throw it at him, if it didnt splatter all over him it was cooked properly. He didnt like that idea and left me alone to boil as I please. I do it the same way you do it, with one addition: I add a little vinegar to the water (heard through the grapevine that it's supposed to help stop the eggs from cracking during the boiling process). I have no idea if that actually works or not because I've been doing it for years now, and occasionally the eggs still crack a little.

  2. I do it the same way you do. I usually put the eggs in the pot, cover with water and put them on the stove. Then, when I remember them I turn them off. They're always cooked well for me!

  3. Put your eggs in a pot of cold water with a splash of vinegar. Heat up the water just until the water's at a gentle, rolling boil. Turn off the heat and cover. Let stand 5-8 minutes. If you don't actually boil the egg, you won't get that green ring around the yolk.

  4. So I guess even though I'm not doing it the right way, I'm doing it the most common way!

  5. If your eggs come out "soft boiled" where there's still some yolk goo, just add toast. Toast bread, cut it up toss with the egg, add a little grits (totally a southern food by the way) and feed people! (My bf likes this with bacon). There have been a few times where my daughter (who prefers soft boiled eggs) tells me I cooked them "too well" because they wind up being boiled all the way. LOL

  6. Cover eggs with water. Put a lid on the pot. Bring to a boil. Turn heat off. Let sit 20 minutes. Perfectly boiled eggs every time. Run cold water into the pan until the water in the pan is actually cold. Let sit for a while, then either peel or put in fridge until later.

  7. I found this method to be best for me (it's from the American Egg Board - they have to know what they're doing):

    Though, most of the time I forget I have eggs boiling on the stove and cook them for WAAAAAY longer than needed (the last time I practically boiled all of the water out of the pot before I remembered them).

    I don't think I should be allowed around the stove anymore, frankly.


Food for thought - I bet it's tasty! Thanks for commenting!