More boiled egg cooking tips

How long should you boil them for

This is the big one! Do you prefer your yolk runny and ripe for toast soldier dipping, or do you prefer it a little firmer? It all comes down to the minutes. We’ve put together a detailed guide on just how long you need to boil an egg, so the next time you fire up that hob you’ll know how to time it just right.

How much water should you use?

Boiled eggs and bread

The amount of water you use can have an effect on the end-result. If you use too much water the eggs may cook too fast, so make sure you adjust the timings . If you use too little, they may take longer to cook and you’ll need to keep topping it up as the water evaporates. The general rule of thumb is to completely cover the eggs in water about one inch above the top of the eggs.

Is there an easier way to peel hard - boiled eggs?

Yes there is! Peeling eggs can be a little annoying sometimes, especially if you end up picking tiny bits of shell which can take a while. However, there is a little trick you can use which involves the use of cold water, so read on here to find out just what to do!

A few other quick tips:

  • To check whether or not your hard- boiled eggs are ready or not, spinning it can tell you! If it wobbles whilst spinning, that means the yolk and white are still somewhat liquefied, but if it spins evenly in place, it means it’s fully cooked!
  • When peeling, crack the wider end first because there’s an air pocket there which will make it easier to peel without taking out chunks of the egg white.
  • Hard boiled eggs can be safely stored in your fridge for up to a week if they are kept in the shell. If they are out of the shell, eat within one day.
  • If you use eggs close to their ‘best before’ date, they will be easier to peel! This is because the white separates itself over time from the shell, making it easier for when it has to come off.

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