Boiling eggs may sound like simple, but it is not so simple. If you’ve ever boiled an egg, you’ve probably known that. You may be confused about how long to boil the eggs or why some eggs are difficult to peel. Now let me tell you the answer.
The eggs to be boiled should not be too cold, if they are, please bring them to room temperature first, otherwise, the shells may crack during cooking. Then put the eggs in a pan with enough water, which should cover the eggs. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. During the process, you should gently stir the eggs constantly in a clockwise direction. This not only can protect the eggs from cracking, but it also helps to center the egg yolks.
As to how long to boil the eggs, it depends on you. You can choose how long time to boil depending on how you like your egg are. If you like soft-boiled eggs, simmer for 4 minutes and you can enjoy the eggs. Simmer for 5 minutes to have semi-firm yolks and hard whites. Simmer for 8 minutes you will get hard-boiled eggs.
To prevent egg cracking while boiling, prick a small pin at the large end to allow the steam to escape. The bigger the egg, the longer it will take to cook. The water you use relative to the number of eggs also has an effect on the boiling time.
Some eggs are easy to peel while some are hard to peel. This depends only on the freshness of the egg. Fresher eggs are harder to peel. This is because as the egg ages, the air pocket at the bottom of the egg expands, which makes the shell separate from the cooked egg more easily. So to make the eggs easy to peel, you can use eggs that have been in your fridge for a week or so.
For fresh eggs, adding a little bicarb soda to the cooking water to increase the pH can make it easier to peel. And it is easier to peel hard-boiled eggs under cold running water starting with the rounded top where the air pouch is.
It may not be easy to boil for a large scale of eggs at the same time, of course, it is not the case with our egg boiling machine, which can work automatically and ensure the efficiency.