Boiling and peeling an egg is an easy job, you may thing, but the fact is it’s not. There are a lot of scientific things involved in this boiling procedure such as temperature of water, temperature of an egg and processing time. I don’t know about you but I have had a lot of times that I ended up with either an impossible-to-peel egg or a weird shape egg. It really annoys me so I spent quite sometimes to research (both on line and off line resources) about techniques to boil and peel eggs.

Imagine you’re prepping for a family dinner event, you have done everything so far perfectly and would not worry about those eggs that are still sitting in the back of your refrigerator until the very last minute. 30 minutes before show time, you put those cute little eggs in a pot, wait for them to cook and start peeling. Then one egg after another, you realize that you could not easily peel these little eggs like you thought. At the end, you are definitely not happy with those not-good-looking eggs and deep down in your heart you are very sad. Regardless of how good everything is, these eggs has ruined your entire set up and turned your mood up side down. Let no eggs destroy your planning, together we can overcome these obstacles between us and the egg. Today, I show you some tips for making a perfect boiled eggs.

1. Prepping process:

– In an ideal world, the perfect egg that is easily to peel is when it is at room temperature. But I really doubt that we have time or patient to wait for this to happen. So if you have a lot of time, let eggs come to room temperature before put in water. If not, just go with whatever you have, cold or chilled eggs are still good. Just remember, always start with very hot or hot water, then put your eggs in after. Never heat up eggs and water together if you want their shells come off easily later.

– When you put eggs in hot water, egg white will start to coagulate immediately and separate itself from the shell right away. If you start heating eggs and cold water slowly together, egg whites will stick to the shell and that what makes your peeling process be so unpleasant.

2. Boiling process:

– Depend on how you want your egg, you will determine the temperature and how long the process is.

  • If you want a hard-boiled egg, leave a stove on high heat setting and boil for 6 minutes.
  • If you want a soft-boiled egg (shiny-orange egg yolk), leave a stove on medium-high heat setting and boil for 6 minutes. To determine this setting, the water should be simmer with big bubble on the surface.
  • If you want a half-soft-boiled egg (half shiny-orange egg yolk and half runny yolk), leave a stove right at medium heat setting and boil for 5 minutes.
  • If you want a runny egg yolk, leave a stove at medium-low heat setting and boil for 5 minutes.

– Remember, the time that I estimated above is for 1 egg only. If you boil 2 or more eggs, please add 30 seconds for each additional egg.

3. Peeling process:
– To make sure your egg is rounded and has no flat end, prepare a cold water bath (water and lot of ice) and submerge cooked eggs completely in it. The colder the water is, the rounder your egg’s shape will be. This method not only help to stop eggs from carry over cooking but also stop egg whites from coagulation and form a flat end.
– Wait until eggs are completely cool down before start peeling. Lightly tab entire egg on a hard surface to break down its shell, then peel it under slowly running water.

Congratulations! You are now certified to make a perfect boiled egg.