How to cook a hard-boiled egg?
While everyone seems to be able to answer this question, the result is not always perfect! Reading through several recipes, you will find long, short, or even sometimes crazy cooking times! To achieve a perfect boiled hard-boiled egg, there are a few basic rules to follow. And as always, with everything to do with food, it’s quality that comes first.
Remember to choose your eggs by paying attention to a few points. If you are lucky enough to find eggs straight from the farm, don’t hesitate. In this case, it is always freshness that is important. But if you can’t, try to find eggs from free-range hens. You can find this information directly on the shell, thanks to a compulsory marking. Once you have made your purchases, you can start cooking. Generally, the 3 – 6 – 9 rule will be applied. That is to say:
- 3 minutes of cooking time for soft-boiled eggs.
- 6 minutes for soft-boiled eggs.
- 9 to 10 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.
But for a perfect cooking of your hard-boiled eggs, there are a few tips. Because there is nothing more unpleasant than having difficulty peeling them. Some chefs recommend adding baking soda or a dash of white kitchen vinegar to your cooking water. This trick will make the shell more crumbly, making it easier to peel. But there’s another tip that seems to work as well. First, soak your eggs in cold water for a few minutes before cooking them. Then place them in your pot of boiling water for at least 9 minutes. And as soon as this time has elapsed, plunge them into cold water again until they have cooled completely. This method allows the white membrane to peel off the shell. And these two successive baths of cold water, will allow you to shell your eggs much more easily.
Another important point is that it is not necessary to store your eggs in the refrigerator (foods not to keep in the refrigerator). In fact, you will never find this food on the shelves of your store. And in restaurants, the state control bodies in charge of food safety even prohibit putting eggs in the fridge.
Now you know everything you need to cook your hard-boiled eggs perfectly. And to make peeling easier for you, there is also a little tip. Take hold of the egg and crush it very lightly on a hard, flat surface. Roll it back and forth so that the shell cracks along its entire length. This will allow you to peel it much more easily.
You will then have the perfect hard-boiled egg for all your culinary desires. It can be eaten simply with a little salt or mayonnaise. The “9 minutes” egg can also be used in more elaborate compositions. It will be the ally of your most inventive salads. It can also be breaded and fried for a crispier result. In fact, egg-based recipes are endless. Rich in proteins and also cheap, it is a friend of your diet.
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