How to Boil The Perfect Egg

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Boiling an egg is an art form: getting it right makes for a happy breakfast table, but get it wrong, and experience the writhing discomfort of failed egg-spectations. Sadly, we’ve lost count of the number of times we have tried boiling an egg, cracking the shell after a few minutes to find a messy disaster of shells and green yolks. But whether you dig soft-boiled or hard-boiled, cooking eggs to perfection can be done if you follow a few easy steps.

You will need:

  • eggs
  • timer
  • water
  • saucepan with a lid
  • stove
  • patience

How To Cook a Soft-Boiled Egg:

1. Fill your saucepan with water, and bring the water to a boil
2. Gently lower your eggs into the boiling water, and let them sit there for 3 minutes
3. Drain water, and place the egg in an egg cup. Crack the shell and remove the top half from the eggs, then enjoy!

How To Cook a Hard-Boiled Egg:

1. Place the eggs in the saucepan, and fill the pot with water until the eggs are just covered.
2. Put the saucepan on the stove, on high heat until the water begins to boil, then set your timer for 3 minutes
3. When the 3 minutes is up, take the saucepan off the heat, cover with lid, and reset the timer for 8 minutes
4. After 8 minutes pass, drain pot of hot water, and run eggs under cold water for a minute or so to cool off
5. Let them cool completely then crack open, peel, and enjoy!

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