July 20, 2024

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How long should you boil eggs?

We all know that boiled eggs are a quick, easy and above all nutritious meal. However, how long should you cook them for?

Cooking times depend on a number of factors: personal preference, whether they were refrigerated (food temperature), as well as their size and even the type of cookware used. Whether you prefer soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs, we've put together a list of simple tips to help you get delicious eggs every time:

  1. Place a large egg in a small saucepan.
  2. Fill it with cold water (at least 2.5 cm above the surface of the egg), add a pinch of salt and place the pan over high heat.
  3. When the water is almost boiling, carefully turn the egg over and set the timer:
  • 3 minutes for a very soft boiled yolk and almost runny white.
  • 4 minutes for the yolk to set slightly and the white to curl.
  • 5 minutes for a firmer yolk and medium cooked white.
  • Cook for 6 minutes with a “steep” white and slightly soft yolk.
  • 8 minutes – hard-boiled (for example, for cutting into salads).

After the cooking time has passed, remove the egg from the pan with a slotted spoon, pour cold water over it and peel it. For best results, it's best to consider the size of the eggs you'll be boiling:

  • 3 minutes for a medium sized egg.
  • 4 minutes for a large egg.
  • 5 minutes for a very large egg.

Should you put eggs in hot or cold water? Do you put the eggs in the water after it's already boiled, or do you put them in cold water and then let it boil? There is a lot of debate around this as some people tend to do it their own way, but it seems to be better to boil the water first rather than cold. This may be because the slowly heating water causes the membrane to stick to the shell, making cleaning more difficult.

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