How to boil eggs is part of my learn to cook series. This is the series where I am cooking all of the recipes in my old home economics cookbook from junior high.
I know chances are, you already know how to boil eggs, and you do so perfectly. This post is intended for those who are learning how to cook, so I want to talk about eggs, egg sizes, how to buy eggs, and then how to boil an egg.
I bet you have some great tips on how you boil eggs. These directions are from my old home economics book, and I try to simply go along with what it suggests to do.
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How to buy eggs
When you go to the store is may seem very daunting because there are all sorts of eggs. Eggs come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and then there are sizes by the different ways they are harvested.
When it comes to the color of eggs there is really no difference in how they taste. Eggs often come in white and brown eggs, but growing up we even had chickens that laid greenish and blue colored eggs. It doesn’t matter what color the shell is, the egg will taste the same on the inside.
Eggs come in a variety of sizes. You will typically find eggs in medium, large, extra-large, and jumbo sizes.
- A medium egg weighs 1.75 ounces
- A large egg weighs 2.00
- An extra-large egg weighs 2.25 ounces
- A jumbo egg weighs in at 2.50 ounces
Most recipes are written with large eggs in mind. So whenever baking you may want to make sure that you have the right amount of eggs by weight. Using 3 medium eggs means you will have only 5.25 ounces and if you make it with jumbo eggs you would have 7.5 ounces, and that is a huge difference. So be mindful of the size of the eggs when you buy your eggs.
How to boil eggs
Maybe you have tried boiling an egg by dropping a few eggs in a pot and then cooking them for a certain amount of time. This method is at best challenging. Stovetops put out a variety of heat. For example, your stove my be hotter than mine when I put it on high.
We might be using a different size of an egg. The easiest method for me is to simply place a few eggs in a pot, cover the eggs with water, and then place the pot on the stove.
Bring the water to a boil, remove the pot from the stove, and place a lid on the pot. Wait for 10 to 11 minutes and then cool off the eggs rapidly with cool water or by placing the eggs in an ice bath. Once the eggs have cooled you can peel them.
After you have peeled your eggs you can put them in potato salads, egg salads, creamed eggs on toast, make deviled eggs, or just eat them plain. This simple method will keep the yolks from turning green on the inside from overcooking.
Drop me a comment down below on your special method for preparing boiled eggs.
More egg recipes:
- Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
- Copycat Chicken Salad Chick Egg Salad
- Classic Deviled Eggs
- Truffle Deviled Eggs
How to Boil Eggs
- 8 eggs
- Place the desired amount of eggs in a pot. Cover eggs with water and add about an inch more. Place pot on stove on high. Once the water is boiling for 1 minute, place a lid on the pot. If you are on an electric stove, move pot off of the burner, and onto a cool burner. After 10 - 12 minutes place eggs into an ice bath or run cool water continuously until the eggs cool to room temperature.