Always perfect boiled eggs
I love eggs. Eggs have been in the diet of many cultures for centuries. Eggs are a great source of protein, but there has been a common belief that eggs raise cholesterol levels. However, there is research showing that less than 25% of cholesterol in the human body is made from fats, and 75% is made from sugar and carbohydrates. Other research shows that eggs do not raise LDL (bad cholesterol) for many. There is much controversy over eggs, but it is quite possible that eggs might not hurt you as much as we are made to believe. Japanese people for example have a much lower rate of Coronary Heart Disease than Americans, yet they typically consume an average of 2-3 eggs a day. Of course, we must take into account also that there are some people who are specifically told by their physician to avoid them.
If, like me, you are in the pro-egg group, we are very fortunate that fresh eggs directly from the local farms are easily available here in the state of Rhode Island. Below is a method for making perfect boiled eggs. Boiled eggs are one of the best ways to enjoy fresh eggs. Protein rich eggs can be a perfect breakfast food too.
The instructions below are adapted from Cooks Illustrated magazine. It is the quickest and most economical way, since it uses very little water, and so takes less time on the stove. The cooking time depends on the size of the eggs, how many you boil, and of course, how hard you like it to be. After you do a few trials, you’ll always have the perfect egg using this method :)
To cook 4 large-sized eggs the quick way
- Fill about 1/2 inch of water in a pan that can hold eggs, then bring to a boil.
- Place the eggs gently in the boiling water (tongs recommended).
- Put the lid on the pan and set your timer for 8 minutes.
- When ready, discard the hot water and submerge the eggs in cold water and leave them until the eggs are cool enough to handle.
This cooking time is for large-size eggs because eggs often come directly from farms in that size.
Try boiling similar sized eggs together for consistent results.
If the eggs are extra large, you can boil them for up to 10 minutes. If they are smaller, you can boil them for as little as 7 minutes to get the soft yet not runny yoke as you see in the photos below.
PS If you would like to enjoy a humorous take on the controversy surrounding eggs, click here:
-Toyoko Schieferdecker - volunteer blogger, member-owner