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How to Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs 
Nov. 8, 2012 6:44 am 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 1:52 am
I have been playing with soft-boiled eggs for the past few days.

For me I like them Just as the white is all cooked and the yellow is just warmed. I certainly don't like them all slimy.

One thing about popping boiling eggs into a pot of boiling water is sometimes the egg shell cracks. One thing I have noticed is if I dip them into the water using a slotted spoon then take them back out after a few seconds then put them back in they are less likely to crack. I have also experimented with putting the eggs in a warm bath just before cooking them also allowing the eggs to warm up at room temperature for 15 mins will also reduce cracking.

I found some information that states if you add salt to the water, that this helps keep the egg from seeping out if the egg shell if it does crack. I am not sure if that really works however.

Some people take them out and run them under cold water, but I found that when I get to eat my eggs they are no longer hot or even warm. So I ran the hot water from the faucet and filled a 4 cup measuring cup with hot water (I have my hot water tank set at 115F, so it is just over warm). when my eggs were done I popped them into the warm water then I pealed them under a warm running faucet. Popped them on my buttered toast and they were nice and warm.

The only thing is how much time should I let them Cook. I was cooking my eggs at 6 mins taken directly from the fridgerator, but the yellows were getting cooked, and warming the egg had made this situation even worse so now I needed to adjust the time cooked down to around 4 mins for them to come out correctly.

There is another method that is called a 3 minute egg (it's not really 3 mins) you put water into a pan, put the eggs in bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and turn the timer on for 3 mins.

I guess one other thing to consider is altitude and how that effects cooking times. since I am at 182 feet above sea level I have no idea how this will effect cooking time with an egg. I think it is just a matter on how long it will take the water to boil.

I like eating my eggs on buttered toast that I cut up with the egg so all the bread gets covered in the yoke.
Soft Boiled Egg With Fried Potatoes. The Top Was Cut Off Using An Egg Topper.
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Soft Boiled Egg With Fried Potatoes. The Top Was Cut Off Using An Egg Topper.
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Soft Boiled Egg, Eaten, And The Top Cut Off Using A Serrated Edge Knife.
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Nov. 8, 2012 6:59 am
I love the egg sitting atop the fried potatoes. It looks so nice! Thanks for a great post!
Nov. 8, 2012 4:46 pm
My mom could make any kind of egg perfectly. A skill I lack. Very nice photos of the eggs.
Nov. 10, 2012 1:04 pm
How can you peel a soft boiled egg under running water, the ones I have made are not solid enough to do that. The yolks are runny and the white is cooked but soft. I always have to just cut off the top and scoop out the white and yolk onto the buttered toast. You must be cooking them harder than I do if you area able to peel them. Mine are more like a poached egg. But i bet they are both yummy. I love eggs and they are cheap. Also they got a bad rap for along time on the cholesterol topic, they are good for you in moderation, and high in protein.
Nov. 10, 2012 5:10 pm
Whites cooked, yokes warmed. it is more difficult to peel, but it can be done. I make sure I grab the very thin membrane covering the egg, if you can get water under it it is easy to peel off.
Nov. 11, 2012 3:17 pm
This is a very interesting post, thanks for sharing. I am at the opposite end of the altitude spectrm, in Albuquerque, higher than a mile in elevation. I do wonder how this effects cooking in genenral. I don'te ever make soft-boiled eggs, don't really like them, but am trying to get the perfect hard boiled egge perfected, as Hubby likes to do deviled eggs, so the white has to remain perfect if we want a good presentation.
Nov. 26, 2012 1:52 am
Mom and I had got good at doing eggs all different ways. My daughter is learning how to cook but has not managed to turn a fried egg over easy she breaks it every time yet and when she goes to put the omelet to fold over it breaks apart. I told her it is still OK to eat but she needs to start making that more than once a month as if she gets good at cooking she can do cafe cooking.
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