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How Long For The Perfect Boiled Egg?

 
 
Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:06 pm
Please can someone tell me? I always get it wrong.

I like them with a soft yolk.

Do I put the eggs straight into the boiling water or put them in there at the start?

many thanks

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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:09 pm
From the University of Exeter, School of Physics, far more than you ever wanted to know about boiling eggs.
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:13 pm
Well, I suppose I asked for that one didn't I?

Thanks Set

Confused
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:14 pm
Re: How Long For The Perfect Boiled Egg?
Dorothy Parker wrote:
Do I put the eggs straight into the boiling water or put them in there at the start?


At the page i linked, there is a link for the "Learn2-dot-com" page about boiling eggs. It has both the "hot" method, when the water is already boiling, and the "cold" method in which the egg is put in the water and the water is brought to a boil.
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:16 pm
Nice one.

My pan is on the stove as I type.

Smile
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:17 pm
Having a little bit of evening supper? It is evening there in Angle-land, no?
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:20 pm
Yeah it's 20 past eight and I've sensibly decided against a Chinese Take Away delivery.

Not had my tea yet and the eggs are the only thing in the fridge.

Wot time is it round your way?
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:22 pm
The following technique assumes you're using a large fresh egg:

Use a timer

After taking from refrigerator, raise the egg up to temp in warm water bath in sink or a glass. The water level in pot should cover 1-in. over the top off egg (at rest). Lower egg very gently in moderately (not rolling) boiling water. The boil should be steady not furious And should be about 8 minutes...definitely not more than 10. take eggs out immediately..and coll for a few minutes if cool water.

This technique should allow you to peel the shell off fairly easily and should give you soft a center but not totally liquid.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:25 pm
Dorothy Parker wrote:
Wot time is it round your way?


Five hours earlier . . . i don't even have an excuse for afternoon or "high" tea yet. However, The Girl grilled some bangers a little while ago, so i guess i'll survive.
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 01:38 pm
Guess what guys?

The eggs are out of date.

I really need to do some shopping.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 02:17 pm
Ragman wrote:
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The boil should be steady not furious And should be about 8 minutes...definitely not more than 10...


That should read a gentle boil... so that some bubbles appear.

Well, the next time you want to makes eggs, try this technique. It should work well. I'm retrying it now to make sure.
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 02:20 pm
Cool.

Let me know if it works.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 02:32 pm
Dorothy Parker wrote:
Cool. Let me know if it works.


OK...timing was off a little. For true soft boiled eggs of a large egg, take them out much sooner. I just did 2 of mine at 5 minutes

By the way, a large egg here is about:
2 in (5 .1 cm) long by 1-2/3 in (3.7 cm) wide
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Chai
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 02:42 pm
I fresh egg does not peel as easily as one that is a few days old.

How out of date were you eggs dorothy?

I've never had a problem with that, in fact, I don't think I've ever looked for an eggsperation date on a carton.
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 03:11 pm
They were dated the 22nd chai. Oh well.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 03:20 pm
Pix of soft-boiled (5 min) large egg
Ragman wrote:
Dorothy Parker wrote:
Cool. Let me know if it works.


OK...timing was off a little. For true soft boiled eggs of a large egg, take them out much sooner. I just did 2 of mine at 5 minutes

By the way, a large egg here is about:
2 in (5 .1 cm) long by 1-2/3 in (3.7 cm) wide


So you can see for yourself what I consider soft-boiled, this is what the egg I just made looks like:

(For a larger view and also to see my photographic portfolio too..click on the image itself.)

http://thumb13.webshots.net/t/52/452/7/78/78/2952778780012192273iRyjkZ_th.jpg
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Chai
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 03:26 pm
Dorothy Parker wrote:
They were dated the 22nd chai. Oh well.



The 22nd of what month?
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 03:38 pm
This month. Feel guilty for throwing them away now.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 03:47 pm
Dorothy Parker wrote:
This month. Feel guilty for throwing them away now.


With eggs, dates around the eggs-piration dates aren't bad. I'd still have considered them 'fresh' enough...though, then we couldn't consider it the 'perfect' soft-boiled egg, could we?

Hey, Dorothy...did you like my egg pix?
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Chai
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2007 03:52 pm
Or lord Dorothy, that was just yesterday!

Nothing wrong with those eggs.

go ahead and eat them
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