Cooking an egg the right way takes more skill as most people think it does. Just like cooking other foods the way it tastes how it should taste it takes some preparation and focus. Look below for a detailed guide on how to cook eggs the right way.
- 1 Chicken egg per person
- Kitchen Timer
- Egg pricker or pin (optional)
- Vinegar (optional)
Step 1: Choose the egg you want to buy
Eggs come in many shapes and sizes. On the shelves of most supermarkets you can find at least the following four types: organic, free range, barn and cage. The differences are primarily due to the type of chicken farming where the eggs come from. For example, organic eggs are from hens that are kept in stables with up to six animals per square meter. Cage eggs are laid by chickens that come from conditions where they live with between three and five hens in a cage. Plus, each hen has access to at least 550 square inches of floor space.
These four types also have other differences. First, you can choose from various sizes. Eggs are available in sizes S (eggs weighing less than 53 grams) to XL (very large eggs weighing more than 73 grams). Additionally, you can choose your eggs based on the food the chicken ate. In ‘grain eggs’ for example, the chickens were fed corn or cereal. The composition of the chicken feed and the freshness thereof, will ultimately determine the taste and the quality of an egg.
The eggs you should choose depend on your personal preference. If, for example, it is important to you that the chickens were free to go out to scratch, you should buy organic or free-range eggs.
Step 2: Allow eggs to reach room temperature
Eggs are fragile. You can reduce the chances of cracking the eggs before you need it by not exposing them to a sudden change in temperature. So, you should let eggs come to room temperature before you put them in a pan with boiling water. IF you don’t have time to wait for this, prick the top of the egg with a pin or toothpick to make a small. This forms a small air chamber and allows the air to escape during cooking so that the egg does not burst.
Step 3: Bring water to a boil
There are two ways to cook eggs: With boiling water or by what is called cold water setting. Boiling is usually used because then the cooking time can be determined more accurately. The following is therefore an explanation of cooking eggs with boiling water:
Choose a nice large pan so that the water won’t accidently boil over if it gets too hot. Fill the pan with water. Make sure that your eggs are covered by at least 5 cm water. Optionally, you can add some salt or vinegar to the water. This prevents an egg from bursting during cooking, which can cause the egg white to flow out from the shell and into the boiling water
Bring the water to a boil over a medium to high heat.
Tip: If you want to cook multiple eggs, then choose a pan in which the eggs can sit next to each other. In this way they will all fit under the water and will be able to cook more evenly.
Step 4: Put the eggs into the pan
When cooking eggs by boiling them in water, you have to be careful or the eggs will end up being tough and overcooked. Therefore, it is best to place the eggs into the water when it is barely starting to boil, not when the water is at a hard boil. Once the water is at the desired temperature, put each egg onto a spoon and then put them carefully into the pan of boiling water. Make sure the water in motion, but not bubbling hard.
Step 5: Choose the correct cooking time
The amount of time the eggs need to boil depends on the desired doneness. Soft boiled eggs have a cooking time of 3 to 4 minutes. A soft-boiled egg is when the egg white is stiffened and the yolk is still liquid. Semi-soft eggs are done after 5 to 6 minutes. In these eggs, the egg white is firm and the yolk contains a soft core. Hard boiled eggs take about 8 minutes and the egg white and the yolk are both stiffened. When boiling eggs, it is best to use a kitchen timer.
In some cases, your eggs may need to cook a slightly longer or shorter period of time than what is considered to be average. For instance, if the eggs are very fresh or are extra-large eggs, you may need to add a minute or two to each of the above average time periods. Let the eggs scare
Step 6: Cool the eggs
At the end of the desired cooking time, place the pan into the sink and let the eggs stand under cold running water for several minutes. The cold water stops the cooking process. Continue until the eggs are cool enough to hold in your hand. Boiled eggs can be served either peeled or unpeeled. Serve immediately and be sure to put some salt and pepper on the table.