We love eggs! From breakfast to dinner, they are delicious, plain with a pinch of salt, as a snack or to finish a salad or other recipe.
In total, the U.S. produces about 75 billion eggs a year, which is only about 10% of the world supply. With a product being so popular, there are many different ways to prepare eggs, scrambled, steamed, or whatever recipe, but one thing is sure… everyone should be able to boil the perfect egg! It’s a pleasure to share our technique.
3 steps to Perfect Boiled Eggs
- Bring some water to the boil with a good pinch of salt and a tbsp of vinegar.
- Plunge your fresh, preferably free-range eggs, into the boiling water and leave them until done as you prefer. Make sure you have a timer at hand!
- Soft boiled eggs – 3 minutes (à la coque)
- Medium boiled eggs – 6 minutes (mollet)
- Hard-boiled eggs – 10 minutes (dur)
- Prepare a bowl with ice water to refresh the eggs for at least 5 minutes to stop the cooking process.
Tips to Prevent Eggs from Cracking
- Don’t place cold eggs directly from the fridge in boiling water.
- Reduce the heat before plunging the eggs into the water. When the water isn’t boiling or bubbling, the eggs will not bounce around.
- Make sure the eggs have ‘room’. If the pan is not too crowded and there is enough water, they will not touch each other and break.
- If cracking is happening anyway, the added vinegar will solidify the egg white and minimize the mess.
Easy to Peel Tips
Old eggs will peel more easy. In our household we are grocery shopping 2 to 3 times a week. You can already guess that we buy smaller amounts at once and we simply don’t have ‘old’ eggs. We do have some tips for you to make it easier with ‘fresh’ eggs
- The added salt to the boiling water will make peeling easier.
- Tap the egg gently on the larger side and then roll it until the entire shell cracks
- The peel should now come off easily without leaving shells all over the kitchen.
Ways to Store Boiled Eggs
There are different ways to store eggs once they are boiled.
- Chilled: once hard-boiled eggs are cooled down, you can place them in a plastic container and keep them up to a week in the fridge. Keep them away from foods with strong odours. Eggs will absorb the flavours and aromas of nearby items.
- Frozen: this is only for the boiled egg yolk and for a maximum of 3 months. The egg white would become rubbery if frozen. Use the yolks as garnish in other dishes.
- Pickled: use canning jars and add the peeled eggs to a pickling brine of your choice. It will take a minimum of 2 weeks before the eggs will be ready to consume.
Ways to use Boiled Eggs
There are many recipes to which boiled eggs add value. Taste, colour and structure are only a few to name. Check out a few of our egg recipes.
Fun and Fascinating Facts About Eggs
- Eggs contain the highest quality protein you can buy.
- Boiled eggs are one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D.
- The older the hen becomes, the bigger her eggs are.
- It takes a hen between 24 and 26 hours to develop an egg. Once she lays an egg, the development of a new egg normally starts within 30 minutes.
- Young chickens lay eggs with harder shells, old chickens lay eggs with thinner shells.
- To tell if an egg is raw or hard-cooked, spin it! Hard boiled eggs spin easily, raw eggs wobbles.
- Egg whites are out; yolks are back in. Now, clinical studies show that the dietary
- cholesterol found in eggs has a very modest effect on blood cholesterol.
Boiling eggs is easy, quick and has no more secrets for you. Follow the above instructions and cooking an egg will never ruin your day again! You can prepare a healthy and tasty meal in no time with this versatile ingredient. Bon appétit!