How to boil an egg

Egg Size Degree of Doneness Time Required
Medium Soft-cooked yolk 3 minutes
  Medium-cooked yolk 5 minutes
  Hard-cooked yolk 12  minutes
Large Soft-cooked yolk 4 to 5 minutes
  Medium-cooked yolk 6 minutes
  Hard-cooked yolk 17 minutes
Extra Large Soft-cooked yolk 5 minutes
  Medium-cooked yolk 7 to 8 minutes
  Hard-cooked yolk 19 minutes

Soft Cooked (Boiled Eggs)

Soft-cooked (boiled) eggs:A soft-cooked egg has a firm white and runny yolk. To serve in egg cup, place egg in cup small end down, slice off large end of egg with knife or egg scissors and eat from shell with spoon. You can also buy a good egg topper from a kitchen store. They’re very quick and practical. I finally bought myself one, and now my eggs look beautiful when I top them!


Medium Cooked (Boiled Eggs)


Medium-cooked (boiled) eggs:
A medium-cooked egg has a firm white and a slightly firm yolk.


Hard Cooked (Boiled Eggs)


Hard-cooked (boiled) eggs:
A hard-cooked egg has both a firm white and yolk. Hard-cooked eggs should never be boiled – simmer them in water. If boiled or cooked too long, the protein toughens or becomes rubbery and a greenish or purplish ring forms around the yolk. Extremely fresh eggs are not recommended when making hard-boiled eggs. They are very difficult to peel. This is the best use for eggs nearing their expiration date. Refrigeration is necessary for hard boiled eggs if they eggs are not to be consumed within a few hours. Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be refrigerated up to one week.


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