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I can't boil an egg
Started by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
Not a perfect one anyway. Its defeated me for years and no one has come up with the right advice on how to not get it wrong.
I like the yolk runny and the white firm.

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
the trouble is they come in different sizes for a start

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
and so do the pans

Posted by: tomplum (4338)  Report abuse
no matter how big a pan is water boils at 100 degree's C,

plan A, let the water boil, then put he egg in and time it 5 mins,,,perfect egg, but it might crack,

plan B, put egg in pan of water and then turn on heat, when it starts to boil, time it for 3 ,mins,,,perfect egg and no cracking,

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
I like extra large eggs - do they take longer

Posted by: tomplum (4338)  Report abuse
as sure as an eggs an egg, the trick is watching when its boiled, no gawpin' out of the window day dreaming,

Posted by: spud1 (1621) Report abuse
A bit of vinegar in the water can stop the shell cracking.

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
I thought it was salt

Posted by: tomplum (4338)  Report abuse
plan C, get one of these timer

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
what is that

Posted by: tomplum (4338)  Report abuse
its a device you put in the pan with the egg/s, when it changes colour, your eggs done, there's 3 differant colours for soft,medium and hard, easy peasy

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
I tried an egg timer once. I fell asleep watching the sand and woke up to a scorched pan and an exploded egg.
Id try poaching but they're even worse

Posted by: priscus (5870) Report abuse
It also varies, depending on starting temperature. ie whether you keep theggs int fridge or not!

For about seven decades, I managed to boil um whi t yolks soft, n bowt t whites being snotty.

Horrified to find this ability, of late, appears to have escaped me!

Don't know ifn it is theggs, or misen thar as changed!

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
I blame the Netherlands

Posted by: tomplum (4338)  Report abuse
you've hit the nail on the head there, a fresh egg from a farm is a world apart from a supermarket egg,

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
..how long for a duck egg

Posted by: tomplum (4338)  Report abuse
I dunno, they're quackers,,,,

Posted by: momac (8006)  Report abuse
I use one of to plums egg shaped things..1. .from the pound shop..funnily
enough.

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
He's on commission momac

Posted by: momac (8006)  Report abuse
Sorry mister plum..I didn't give you your proper name..blame this I-pad for
putting its own words in....or out.

Posted by: berylh (1518) Report abuse
Place a medium egg in gently boiling water and simmer for one minute - turn off the heat, place the lid on the pan for 6 minutes. Should give you a 'firmish' white and a runny yolk ... enjoy with toasted soldiers

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
there's a flaw in that plan beryl. I've not got any pan lids

Posted by: madamehmurray (5884)   Report abuse
dont eat eggs anyway going back to being vegan on eatting veggies and nothing else.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (1528) Report abuse
I knew a woman who couldn't boil a pan of water, never mind boil an egg ...

Posted by: priscus (5870) Report abuse
Pu thegg in bawlin watter.

Do t Times Crossword: when tha's comleted said puzzle, thi yegg 'll bih cooked.

More seriously, piercing the shell where the air space is prevents them breaking. Needs a little practice, but you soon get the hang of it.

Delia Smith's 'Complete Cookery Course' offers the following refinement to the technique that Beryl H has posted.

1 Remove pan from heat location. (prob matters not if cooking with gas, but leccy elements and ceramics can retain heat for some time)

2 Standing time, she suggests:

5 mins for size 4
6 mins for size 1 or 2
for whites just set, plus half min if you want firmer whites.

Also says really fresh, ie LESS than 4 days since laid, require extra time. (don't say how much)

There is a technique for revealing the state of the just boiled egg. It involves drying the shell, and placing a drop of water upon it. From the time it takes to evaporate to dry, you can tell ifnt said egg is not cooked, white set or not and yoke soft or hard-boiled. I do not recall the actual timings, but Google may well be able to find them if required.

Posted by: priscus (5870) Report abuse
ps Do eggs still come in numerical sizes?

Thinkin misen must be greedy, bought 'Extra Large' for yonks!

Posted by: Anne (3011)  Report abuse
Could have cooked a full English by the time some of these procedures take.

Posted by: billy (25782)  Report abuse
only one way to eat eggs........suck em......this waY YA AINT BOILED ALL THE VITAMINS OUT.PS scusa da big print...

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
I once had a landlady who, unknown to us lot who were in digs, boiled our eggs in the kettle.
We'd all wondered why the tea tasted strange

Posted by: priscus (5870) Report abuse
That sounds like 6X9, Wilbraham Road, in Manc.

EDIT:
oops sorry, gone back to edit as not wanting to offend anyone who may NOW live there, so anonymised a digit of the number.

Posted by: jo anne (31343)   Report abuse
Were the eggs boiled in the kettle done to a T, I-Spy?

Posted by: i-spy (13228)  Report abuse
Strangely I don't drink tea these days jo anne - priscus I was a couple of streets away

Posted by: madamehmurray (5884)   Report abuse
dint eat eggs or pickles not fond of cottge cheese either. Pickles used to love the baby doesn;t like them.

Posted by: madamehmurray (5884)   Report abuse
well my hubbys ex wife couldn;t boil water. I got her beat.

 
 
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