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How to boil eggs

Learn the tips and tricks to boiling the perfect eggs every time with step by step instructions.

Boiling eggs

Boiling eggs is supposed to be simple, right? Not eggs-actly! A range of factors can affect the end result so follow these handy tips to crack the secret to better boiled eggs every time.

1. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil over medium-high heat (the water should be deep enough to cover egg/s by 1cm when you add them). Reduce heat to a simmer. 2. Using a slotted spoon, lower egg/s into water and simmer for the time required to achieve your desired firmness (see table below). 3. Drain the hot water and run egg/s under cold water until cool enough to handle.

Cooking times

Did you know?

Egg shells are porous so they can absorb odours from other foods (blue cheese eggs anyone?). That’s why you should store them in the original cardboard carton they’re sold in rather than open egg moulds in your fridge door.

Top tips

  1. Always use a kitchen timer when boiling eggs as even 30 seconds can make a difference to how firm they are.
  2. If you gently stir your eggs as they boil, this will help to centre the yolk.
  3. Eggs straight from the fridge are more likely to crack when you boil them (due to the temperature shock). If you need to use cold eggs, place them in the water before bringing it to the boil and cook for slightly less time.
  4. Rapidly boiling water will also cause cracking as it makes the eggs bounce up and down – aim for a gentle simmer.
  5. Fresh eggs are harder to peel than older eggs. This is because the albumen (white) has not yet begun to shrink away from the shell. 
  6. When placed in a container of water, a fresh egg will sink, an older egg will stand on one end and rotten eggs will float
     

Removing egg shell

Does peeling eggs do your head in? Try this method. After draining, roll the eggs around in the saucepan to  crack the shells all over. Fill the pan with cold water and set aside for several minutes. Holding each egg under running water, starting peeling at the large end (where the air sac is). Holding the egg under water helps ease off the shell and removes any shell grit as you go.

Excellent snack

Hard-boiled eggs are the perfect weight-loss snack as they fill you up for just 2 SmartPoints value and are jam-packed with nutrients. Boil a few at once and store them in their shells in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.