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The perfect boiled egg
Mon 27-Feb-12
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As there has been talk from several people tonight on boiled eggs for tea, I thought I'd start a topic on the perfect boiled egg, for me this is the delia method 2, cold water, bring to boil, then 3 mins, but I'd be interested in everyone elses methods.

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Mon 27-Feb-12
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I like my eggs hard boiled so easy! Have to have marmite soldiers though. For OH who likes them dippy ( the eggs before anyone comments) I put it in boiling water for 3 mins for chicken egg and 6 mins for duck egg.

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Mon 27-Feb-12
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Ps I seem to be coming up fast behind you with the posts. Starved of conversation I think!

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Mon 27-Feb-12
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I've heard that Prince Charles' butler/whatever cooks seven eggs each morning just to make sure that one of them is perfect...

It all depends on the age of the egg, the size of the egg and how cold or warm it is.  My eggs are never refrigerated so they would be about 15 or 17C, the water is boiled in the kettle for speed, the egg has a small hole made in the top and is then added to the simmering water in the pan for 4 mins if large or less time if smaller.

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Mon 27-Feb-12
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For soft boiled eggs, I put the eggs into boiling water and time them for 3.5 to 4.5 mins, depending on the size of the eggs.  For hard boiled, in cold water to start, boil for about 4 mins, then take off the heat and leave to stand in the water for another 5 or 10 mins, before draining and putting in cold water.

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Hot water out of the tap, bring to the boil and boil for three mins. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Usually soft thoughcheers

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Soft-boiled (with soldiers) - cold water halfway up the egg, bring to boil, and time for 4 mins. Just right for us.

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Tue 28-Feb-12
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Amazing, isn't it, that there are so many variations on something as simple as how to boil an egg.

I lower them gently into boiling water using a teaspoon. 4 mins for what you might call standard size and maybe 30 seconds less for smaller ones. Perfect for us - nice and soft.

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Tue 28-Feb-12
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wave I do mine the same way as Janet.  Somehow I have never liked placing the eggs in boiling water.  May go back to when I kept eggs in the fridge, I'm not sure.  

 

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Tue 28-Feb-12
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I'm with Janet & Danuta, always into cold water. I like mine just set & when I break into the yolk I add a small knob of butter to make the yolk stretch further. No Marmite on my soldiers....too salty & overpowering a taste for me.   If you are peeling hard-boiled eggs the shells come off cleanly if you start the eggs off in cold water (popping them into more cold water after cooking & cracking the shell). That way you don't get a dark line round the yolk. smile

 

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Dark line? My disappears too fast to notice! I love my home grown eggs!

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Tue 28-Feb-12
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Is the varying degrees of reliable success part of the attraction? My dad had his egg boiling down to a fine art.

I poach - sort of - instead. A small saucepan, two silicone muffin cases and cold water. One muffin case for the (duck) egg with salt and pepper, the other for dehydrated tomatoes with just a drop of water. Put the lid on and the tomatoes steam while the egg is cooking. I like a soft yolk. Add a little cream to the top of the egg when it's nearly done. Delicious! i_am_hungry

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Good to hear another duck egg fan!

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What a brilliant idea about poaching an egg in a muffin case, Ruthie!  I love poached eggs, but simply cannot get them right doing them 'naked' in water embarassed.  I do have an egg-poaching pan with 4 little cups, but it's ancient.....and eggs must have been a lot smaller back when it was first made, as they're too small for the eggs we have.  Thanks big_hug, I'm going to buy some silicone muffin cases when I go shopping this week.

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wave  I adore poached eggs and never seem to have a problem with them.  I think the secret is really fresh eggs and I give the water a wee swirl with a whisk before dropping the egg in.  I don't over boil and take it off the heat fairly quickly.  It continues cooking gently.  ( I think I will be teaching my granny to suck eggs here.   big_laugh   I'm sure you all do a similar thing  )

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