• Yes, there is a technique for boiling the perfect egg!

    Here’s how to boil an egg:

    Use eggs at room temperature.

    Bring the water to a boil, then simmer and slip the eggs into the water. Use this cooking guide (using large eggs) for perfect results:

    • Soft eggs: cook for 3 – 4 minutes
    • Soft-yolk eggs: cook for 5 – 6 minutes
    • Hard-boiled eggs: cook for 8 – 10 minutes

    To have the yolk perfectly centred, add the egg to the simmering water while stirring to create a whirlpool. Continue to stir for about a minute while cooking.

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    Tips for the perfect boiled egg

    • When using eggs straight out of the fridge, soak them in cold water first for a couple of minutes, as cold eggs will crack when slipped into hot water.
    • Eggs can be added to cold water as well, but timing is more accurate when they are added to steadily simmering or gently boiling water.
    • Start timing cooking when the egg is slipped into the simmering water.
    • Overcooked eggs have a grey line around the yolk. To stop the grey line from forming, quickly place the eggs in cold water and peel.

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    Delicious ideas with boiled eggs

    • For a healthy lunch, mash hard-boiled eggs and mix with chunky cottage cheese and chives. Spread on rye toast, season and top with fresh sprouts and watercress.
    • Mash cooked pork sausage meat and mix with scrambled eggs. Add some grated mozzarella and serve on toasted seed loaf topped with fresh chives.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com