Boiling an Egg

United States
January 11, 2007 11:14pm CST
I feel so dumb. So so so so dumb, but I'm making this post anyways. I have so much trouble when I try to boil eggs. Today I started boiling them and one busted in the pot so that egg was coming out in one place. I assumed I had cooked them too long so I took them out of the pot. After they cooled down I cracked one open. The yolk was not completely cooked. I ate the white part but I can't eat a soft yolk. Makes me kind of sick. What am I doing wrong?
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• Israel
12 Jan 07
It's supposed to take 7 minutes to boil an egg. I usually give it 10 for good measure. Start with cold water, place eggs in the pan of water and bring to boil. After they are done boilling dump the hot water out (leaving the eggs) and run cold water over them. (about 1 minute)Then I fill the pan up with cold water. I take a spoon and gantly smack the eggs with it and place it back in the cold water (one at a time). Then, after I've done that I take the first egg (if you can remember which one it was -lol- ) and start to peel it. The cold water helps a lot. It should only take a couple of minutes and they will be finished. Don't wait very long to peel them! The longer you wait, the harder it is to get the shell off.
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@Eskimo (2317)
12 Jan 07
If you keep the eggs moving then it makes it easier to get the shell off, as you can distribute the air between the white and the shell
@disvachic (10121)
• United States
12 Jan 07
You are not dumb everybody human makes mistakes.If you want hard boiled eggs you should let the water simmer for 10-15 minutes.How long did you cook the eggs?
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• United States
13 Jan 07
The proper way to boil an egg... Place your eggs in a pot, add enough water to cover the eggs plus some extra. Place the pot on a burner and boil on high for 10 mins AFTER the water starts boiling. After the 10 mins of boiling, remove pot, drain water and run cold water over the eggs to stop them from cooking. You may get a broken egg or two but that happens and there isnt anything you can do about that. Peel your eggs in cold water for ease and to make sure the shells are off. Hope this helps. I was a cook for 5 years.
• United States
13 Jan 07
Never add anything to your water such as salt or vinager.
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
one tip in preventing not to have busted eggs is to pinch the top of the egg with a small needle. Be careful not to go very dee. Just pinch the top about 2cms. On the top of the eggs are small packets of air. This way the pressure wont build up inside the egg.
• United States
12 Jan 07
How I boil eggs: I place the eggs in a large pot, fill with water just over the eggs, add a dash of salt and vinegar. Bring to a rolling boil, turn off heat, cover with lid, and set timer for 10 minutes. Then, remove from water and refrigerate.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
Olaff's method is correct- and definitely add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water before boiling. If one of the eggs happens to burst open, the viegar stops them from spreading and helps keep the egg white contained. No one is born a cood cook - practice makes perfect.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
Oh dear, a couple of spelling mistakes - Olaff's method is correct- and definitely add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water before boiling.If one of the eggs happens to burst open, the vinegar stops them from spreading and helps keep the egg white contained. No one is born a good cook - practice makes perfect.
• Malta
24 Jan 07
The trick is that the eggs from the frige are cold and you must place them in a pot of cold water. Of the water is already hot and you put the cold eggs in they will burst!
@usman400 (1588)
• Pakistan
13 Jan 07
there are two form of it half boil and full boil I like half boil, in half boil u deilbaratley not cook the egg for standard time and the yalk will not be cooked very much and it will be like jelly etc, in full boil you must cook it for 2 to 3 minutes on medium level of flame/fire and there will be no problems
• India
13 Jan 07
hey all the people having this trouble.put some salt ans boil it
• India
13 Jan 07
simple yaar. Apne ande nikalo, artan me dalo, aur gas pe chadha do....
• India
13 Jan 07
tum ande ubalana nahi jaante kya?
@knewelle (128)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
Maybe you're doing it the wrong way. First, put a water in pot, the water should cover the egg entirely then put the pot on fire but don't put the lid or don't cover it first. Allow to heaten the water and the egg first before you cover the pot. Boiled it in about ten minutes. Overcooked egg dont break the shell.
• India
13 Jan 07
well that happens with me too the same thing happened with me too to avoid such a problem, you have to boil the egg for a long time, about 10 mins and make sure that the eggs are floating and not touching the bottom of the vessel to do that, you can add some salt to the water you use in boiling
@JBD189 (346)
• India
13 Jan 07
do you drop them in hot water. i put all the eggs need to boil in a pot, add water and salt the then put the pot on fire.
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
well, sometimes,, something has to go wrong. maybe your flame is too high... or water is too little....
• Canada
13 Jan 07
If you put some salt in the shell is easier to peel off.
@GardenGerty (104102)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Here is what I do (if I am paying attention): I put the eggs in cold water, with a little vinegar. Bring the water to a boil, full, and rolling. I turn off the heat, put a lid on the pot, and let it set for 15 minutes. For me it makes nicely boiled eggs.
@abaskamal (149)
• Malaysia
13 Jan 07
I like soft yolk. Try boiling them much much longer.
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
13 Jan 07
i boil and egg for 9 mins it has to be in alot of water then i poor the water out and put cold water in the pot. let them sit for a min longer and the shell slides right off. try this.
• Australia
13 Jan 07
This post reminds me of when my mother first had to cook. She was a famous artist's model and was not allowed to do any work in the house, for fear of harming her beautiful hands. I was her fifth child, and yet she had never done any cooking and never even changed a nappy. When things went wrong, she had to learn everything. The story goes she was boiling an egg for breakfast for a visiting uncle, and she called from the kitchen to ask how she would know when it was cooked. My uncle called out "Stick a fork in it" which she actually tried doing. Eventually, my uncle went to see why it was taking so long, and found her again trying to stick a fork in a very hard boiled egg.
@blueman (16513)
• India
12 Jan 07
never faced such a problem when i boil them myself, i think boiling an egg is one of the easiest thing to do in the kitchen. here is how i boil them get some water in a bowl, put some salt in the water and then put the eggs and after 5 mins they are ready to eat. i love half boiled eggs.