How to Boil an Egg
Eggs are rich in protein, low in sodium, and high in vitamins and minerals. Boiling is a healthy, easy way to cook eggs. Learn the four steps to getting this cooking method right.
Use these tips for selecting and storing eggs:
- Select clean, fresh eggs from refrigerated display cases. Avoid dirty or cracked eggs, which may be contaminated with harmful bacteria.
- Refrigerate eggs in their cartons so they don't absorb refrigerator odors. Be sure to store eggs with the pointed ends down, which maintains freshness by keeping the yolks centered and the air cells stable.
- Fresh eggs can be refrigerated for up to 5 weeks after the packing date (a number stamped on the carton from 1 to 365, with 1 representing January 1 and 365 representing December 31).
How to Hard-Cook Eggs
Step 1: Place eggs and water in a saucepan
Step 2: Bring water to boiling
Step 3: Cover and let stand
- After removing from heat, cover the saucepan and allow it to stand for 15 minutes.
- Drain the eggs, then run cold water over them or place them in a large bowl filled with ice water until the eggs cool.
Step 4: Peel the eggs
How to Poach Eggs
Step 1: Prepare the skillet
- Lightly grease a 10-inch skillet with cooking oil or shortening.
- Fill the skillet half-full with water. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar.
- Bring to boiling. Reduce heat to simmering (bubbles should begin to break the surface).
Step 2: Add the eggs
- Break one egg at a time into a small glass dish or glass measuring cup, taking care not to break the yolk.
- Hold the lip of the dish as close to the simmering water-vinegar mixture as possible and slip the egg into the water. Be sure to space the eggs apart evenly.
Step 3: Simmer the eggs