Boiled Eggs: Do you prefer them soft or hard?

United Kingdom
April 1, 2008 1:48pm CST
I personally prefer them to be somewhere in between! Do you make your choice because of the taste or the nutritional benefits? Is there any evidence to suggest that hard or soft boiled is healthier?
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
1 Apr 08
To eat hot or cold? My Sunday teatime boiled egg that I like to settle down with when something like Cranford, or Lark to Candleford (told you that I am old) must be soft boiled, with a little salt on the side and soldiers - crust off. But the eggy pegg that I take with me on a picnic has to be hard boiled. 5 Minutes and one for luck. Good job that I have just had my tea, or I would be demanding one now. Yummy Yum. Nutritionally they must both be about the same. My only stipulation is that they are at least free range and better still organic. I buy then from a local farm where you can see happy little chooks grubbing about in the soil to their hearts content, all the time growing their little eggs.
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• United Kingdom
1 Apr 08
I used to have salt on them but that is very very bad for us so I don't add it to anything any more. Free range and organic are obviously best if you can get them but, maybe this is selfish of me, when I can get 15 large eggs for £1.50 from the supermarket, why would I pay double that for only 6 medium ones?
@p1kef1sh (45638)
1 Apr 08
{Taps out pipe on the hearth. Adjusts tie and beams at the young lady seeking wisdom about chucky eggs} Imagine if you will that you are lying on your bed at home. You are lovely and warm, everything is wonderful. In comes your friend and lies beside you. That's OK. You still have plenty of room. Then in comes another friend, then another. :"Hang on" you cry, there's four of us on here, it is getting a little crowded.Then another two friends come and lie beside you. Six on one double bed. You can barely move but you find that you cannot get off the bed. You want to wee. But there is no way of getting to the bathroom. You're hungry, but all that you have is a little conveyer belt with a mix of hormones and ground grot running past one end of the bed. You cannot move really but to reach the food. Days pass like this. You get tetchy with your friends because they do all their business all over you and their conversation has worn thin. All that you can do is eat and drink the water that runs alongside your feed conveyor. That's the life of a battery hen that produces eggs every day for you at £1.50 for 15. Free range hens live in comparative freedom with room to roam and whilst they lay fewer eggs, and their feed, which is better for them, is more expensive, you should pay about £2.50 per dozen. I like chickens and like eggs. But I wouldn't want to knowingly treat them poorly just to have my Sunday tea. The question you perhaps might ask yourself is "why am I only paying £1.50 for 15 eggs. What do they do to produce them that cheaply?" {Picks up pipe and prepares for an ear bashing}.
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• United Kingdom
2 Apr 08
I know how horrible it is for those poor battery chickens. The thing is, it IS possible to produce free range more cheaply. There is a third type of chicken farm you know. One where they can house lots of chickens but they can still go outside and have plenty of space. Have you ever been on a budget so tight that you couldn't afford to pay the extra for the sake of the animals? Again, maybe this is me being selfish but feeding my family is more important than the life of a chicken. If farmers were willing to sell more cheaply (and they could, despite what some of them say) then I would be more willing to go out of my way to buy free range. I sometimes get free range from the supermarket but I don't know if they really are free range of course.
@Jemina (5779)
28 May 08
I prefer them soft boiled as the eggyolk tastes so much better. hardboiled egg makes the eggyolk easy to break like powder and if you are not careful it could choke you. But I don't like running eggyok either. I like it just rightly done. I don't know any health information about it but I'm sure if you have the yolk still liquid it may contain salmonella.
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• United Kingdom
28 May 08
I agree with you there. I think hard boiled eggs can be a bit too powdery but I never thought about the possibility of choking. As for health information, you are probably right about that. I would think that salmonella would be more common in sloppy eggs. Soft boiled is fine as long as you can be sure they are still cooked. Thanks for your response. :)
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@Jemina (5779)
29 May 08
Well, I almost always get chocked eating eggyolk when it's hard-boiled. Probably because I eat it plain. But if I put it in a salad that's fine.
@busta1 (1029)
• United States
19 Apr 08
i like my egg's hard because if they are soft then they are not done thats how i see it.
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• United Kingdom
19 Apr 08
I kind of think like that. I used to like runny eggs (well, I still do) but I have to do them hard because I can't get them to that stage where they are cooked but still a little bit runny!
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 08
To me an egg is an egg in the nutritional and healthy sense, so it doesn't really matter how you cook it providing you don't fry it which I have to say is the way I prefer! Although having said that I love a nice omelette. I remember having hard boiled eggs as a child when I had soldiers, I think everyone had soldiers as a child dipping them into the runny egg, yum! Fond memories and I remember the lovely little egg cup too! Weird what you can remember! I'm sure some adults still have soldiers now!
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 08
I have just eaten a boiled egg and for what I am sure is the first time in my life, I did not have soldiers with it! It is of course better for us to not have the soldiers. Eggs need to be runny for them otherwise there is no point. You can't dunk soldiers in a solid yolk! I once tried to make an omelette and it turned out to be some sort of egg-mushroomy mush! It tasted great though and was made entirely with readily available ingredients!
1 Apr 08
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, I want one for my tea Oh I haven't had an egg since easter, and now it's half past three so, Chick, chick, chick, chicken lay a little egg for me and make it hard, with runny yolk for dipping my soldiers in. Free range, I get mine from a local farmer. 3 minutes and 20 seconds I usually do mine for. I don't think there is a difference when it comes to nutritional benefits.
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@dvschic (1796)
• United States
1 Apr 08
ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww soft eggs!! i love my cooked eggs scrambled and my hard boiled eggs HARD... i hate all food squishy (tomatoes, etc) so i guess thats why i need my eggs hard..
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I like mine hard boiled. I do not like mine to be runny at all. I can't see why there would be a difference in the nutritional value of soft or hard boiled eggs.
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@balasri (26549)
• India
17 Nov 08
I always like the soft boiled ones for their taste.