Learning To Cook Eggs: Soft Boiled
Oct. 16, 2012 9:51 am
Updated: Oct. 23, 2012 11:49 am
Call me reckless, but I love the boundary pushing attitude that under done eggs represent. That's right you Statist Nannies, I am eating potential Salmonella incubators quite willingly. It is risk taking with intelligence. I know how old the eggs are,
and I know the conditions they went through to get to me. I am confident to a point, and past that point I am willing to take the risk. I trust my common sense and immune system more than I trust a bureaucrat! I might become a real rebel and indulge in raw
milk and cheese products soon!
But I digress... No, that's not the right word since I never got on topic to begin with. Such is the privilege of age. I can claim pre-dementia and get away with it.
So the other day I decided to make use of my new egg cups and spoons by celebrating the soft cooked or soft boiled egg. I placed enough cold water in a pot to cover my two eggs, and brought the water to a gentle boil. I punched a hole in the bottom of one egg
and left the other whole to see if it makes a difference. ( It does, but not in that particular case!) Then I carefully placed them in the gently boiling water. Four minutes later I removed them from the water and put them in the egg cups. I removed the tops
carefully, and seasoned the eggs with a bit of salt and pepper. They were perfect! The whites were cooked thoroughly, but still creamy and wonderful, and the yolks were amazing! It was like traveling back in time when my mom used to make soft boiled eggs for
me before school nearly every morning.
So why did I pop a hole in the end of the egg? There is an air sac on one end of an egg. When you put the egg in boiling water, air, being a gas, expands and can crack the shell if you don't poke a hole in it. I've found that it doesn't always cause the egg
to crack, but the hole is insurance that it won't. I've yet to have an egg with the air sac popped crack open in boiling water.
Enjoy soft boiled eggs for the treasure that they are. If your eggs are fresh, they have been handled properly, they are clean, they should present minimal risk for Salmonella poisoning. And don't forget to pop a hole in the bottom of the egg!