Cookery Courses: The Perfect Boiled Egg

Welcome to the first in our series of basic cookery courses.

If you want to learn how to cook the perfect boiled egg then you’re going to want to read this article. Specifically we will discuss the tools you will need, the eggs themselves and the cooking method. After reading this article you should be able to impress your family and friends by cooking the perfect boiled egg.

Using the correct tools makes any job easier and boiling an egg is no exception. It’s really important that you ensure that the saucepan that you’re using isn’t too large. Your saucepan should be small enough to ensure that the egg doesn’t travel around too much whilst it’s cooking.

You will also need to make sure that the pan is deep enough to cover your egg with approximately one inch of water. This will help to make sure that the heat is equally distributed.

The most important component of the perfect boiled egg is the egg itself. The key is to use freshly laid eggs with the ideal age being between two and five days old.

If you are unsure of the exact age of an egg then there is a simple test that you can perform. Take the egg and place it in a bowl of cold water. If the egg sits on its side then it is fresh and good to use, if it stands on either one of its ends then its aged and probably shouldn’t be boiled, and if the egg floats then it’s old and should be thrown out.

Its also important to ensure that the egg is at room temperature. You should remove it from the fridge at least twenty minutes before you plan to cook it.

Once you have a suitable pan and a freshly laid egg then you can begin the cooking stage. The trick here is timing. You need to cover the egg with cold water and then bring it to the boil. At this stage you need to cover the pan and remove it from the heat.

Now comes the important part. You need to wait exactly three minutes before removing the egg from the pan and plunging it into a pan of cold water to stop the cooking process. You can then sit back and enjoy the fruits of you labour.

So there you a have it – a simple guide to cooking the perfect boiled egg. If you follow these simple steps then you really can’t go wrong.

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