How do you make the perfect one?

Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 11:00 am
DD wrote:
Also, adding salt will make the water boil at a higher temperature.

Well, it has side effects that you seem unaware of.

Did you know that Cav won prizes as a chef?

He would add salt to the water too..

However, your nitpicking did prevent you giving us a better recipe..

Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 11:05 am
Certainly salt has effects other than changing the boiling point.

I don't have any issues with your recipe, or your cooking technique.

Your explanation for the cracked eggs was incorrect, however.

Melting Point, Freezing Point, Boiling Point

Boiling Point

When a liquid is heated, it eventually reaches a temperature at which the vapor pressure is large enough that bubbles form inside the body of the liquid. This temperature is called the boiling point. Once the liquid starts to boil, the temperature remains constant until all of the liquid has been converted to a gas.

The normal boiling point of water is 100 C. But if you try to cook an egg in boiling water while camping in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 10,000 feet, you will find that it takes longer for the egg to cook because water boils at only 90 C at this elevation.
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Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 11:07 am
DrewDad wrote:

Fry it in bacon grease.
yeah, I also like shirred eggs on buttered toast, dash of salt and pepper with a splash of tabasco.
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Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 12:34 pm
Experience only can tell you the precise time to boil the egg with the results you want, but you must start with boiling water; otherwise the time is inprecise. Put the egg in boiling water and the shell will crack. To avoid this put a tiny hole in the large end of the shell with a needle or sharp knife tip. Be careful! The air will escape from the egg in bubbles from the hole rather than cracking the shell.
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Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 08:03 pm

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