Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How To Boil Eggs

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BM#11Boiling an egg might sound like an easiest thing to do but that is not the case. For picky folks like me and my son, slightly overcooked or under-cooked egg would mean that it is going into the garbage. So I use this method to always end up with perfectly boiled  eggs.

  • Choose eggs that are slightly aged. Farm fresh eggs aren't best for making boiled eggs. We need eggs that have a thicker membrane so as to not break before they are perfectly cooked. 
  • Pour cold water, not hot water into the pan and add a dash of salt. The water should completely immerse the eggs. Bring the pot to boil on a medium high heat. Boiling them at high flame initially would agitate the eggs and they may break and leak. Once the water starts to bubble and boil, switch off the stove(It will take about 8-10 minutes for the water to get to this stage). Lid the pan and leave it as is(on the stove) and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 12-15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take a sharp knife and "gently" tap the eggs to create fine cracks.
  • Drain the eggs and fill the pot with cold water. Let the eggs sit in it for 5 minutes or so. Cold water will loosen up the egg's membrane under the shell making it easier to peel.
  • Tap and peel from the larger end. It is much easier. Now you have perfectly boiled eggs.
  • Here is an example where the clingy membrane makes for an unevenly peeled eggs.
A few Egg Dishes:

Perfectly Boiled and Fried Egg:
Spicy Egg, Potato and Red Pepper Curry:
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  1. I grew up with Egg Curry as a regular dish. I love it, and sometimes we need to be reminded of the simple things in life.

  2. Lovely post CL and the pictures look awesome.

  3. this is handy post, now i know especially when my SIL asked me to help with egg boiling, so sometimes, simple things are also good to demonstrate for novices, someone who never ate eggs for whole life, suddenly needs to feed the kids , a little more help is always good

  4. I hate it when eggs don't peel right! This is really useful!

  5. Cute post..Very informative..I do not follow any process as such but will try this...

  6. Nice post CL.. Have ben thinking of making boiled egg curry for a while. Will probably make it this weekend.

  7. Good post. After years of experimentation I finally worked out how to get consistently good results when boiling eggs


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