Boiled egg

Boiled egg

Boiled eggs are eggs (typically chicken's eggs) cooked by immersion in boiling water with their shells unbroken. Eggs cooked in water without their shells are known as poached eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are boiled long enough for both the egg yolk and the egg white to solidify, while a soft-boiled egg's yolk, and sometimes even the white, remains at least partially liquid. The egg timer was so-named due to its common usage in timing the boiling of eggs.

oft-boiled eggs

Soft-boiled eggs are typically cooked by placing the eggs in a pan of boiling water and then simmering. [cite web |url=,1616,150171-254201,00.html |title= Boiled Eggs |accessdate=2006-12-19 | ]

Soft-boiled eggs are not recommended for people who may be susceptible to salmonella, such as very young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. [cite web |url= |title=Plan Under Way to Help Lessen Risks from Contaminated Eggs |accessdate=2006-12-19 |work=FDA Consumer magazine]


Soft boiled eggs are commonly served in egg cups, where the top of the egg is cut off with a knife or egg scissors, using a teaspoon to scoop the egg out. Other methods include breaking the eggshell by tapping gently around the top of the shell with a spoon, [cite web |url= |title=Fine Manners for Fine Dining |accessdate=2006-12-19] and even cutting the egg lengthwise as to produce two halves making it easier to scoop the egg from its shell.Fact|date=February 2007 This method requires a horizontal egg cup to keep the egg from rolling around on the plate. Soft-boiled eggs can be eaten with buttered toast cut into strips, which are then dipped into the runny yolk. In the United Kingdom, these strips of toast are known as soldiers. [cite web |url= |title=Egg with Toast Soldiers |accessdate=2008-04-22]

Hard-boiled eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are boiled for longer than soft-boiled eggs, long enough for the yolk to solidify.cite web |url= |title=Soft-Cooked Eggs, Medium-Cooked Eggs, and Hard-Cooked Eggs |accessdate=2008-03-20] They can be eaten warm or cold. Cold hard-boiled eggs are chopped up as the basis for egg salad. Hard-boiled eggs can also be eaten warm in an egg cup.

There are several theories as to the proper technique of hard-boiling an egg. One method is to bring the water to a boil, but then remove the pan from the heat and allow eggs to cook in the gradually cooling water.cite web |url= |title=The Egg Files Transcript |accessdate=2007-05-20] Others prescribe cooking in continually boiling water over heat for a shorter period of time.

Over-cooking eggs will typically result in a thin green sulfur coating on the yolk. Immersing the egg in cold water after boiling is a common method of halting the cooking process to prevent this effect. It also causes a slight shrinking of the contents of the egg, easing the removal of the shell.

Hard-boiled eggs in their shells can be stored in the refrigerator for days to weeks. [cite web |url= |title=Learn More About Eggs |accessdate=2006-12-19] [cite web |url= |title=Egg-ucation |accessdate=2006-12-19 - suggests boiled eggs can be stored refrigerated for one week] [cite web |url= |title=About Eggs |accessdate=2006-12-19 - suggests boiled eggs can be stored refrigerated 2-3 weeks] Hard-boiled eggs are also a popular addition to many Japanese soup dishes, such as udon and ramen.

In fiction

* Hardboiled is a type of crime fiction.
* A notable fictional controversy involving boiled eggs is the "endian" dispute over which end of a boiled egg should be eaten first, which is the cause of the war between "Lilliput and Blefuscu" in Johnathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" (1726). This is also the source of the term endianness in computing, which describes the way numbers are stored in a system: with the "big" or the "little" end coming first.
* In the film "Cool Hand Luke" (1967) Luke Jackson wagers that he can eat fifty hard-boiled eggs in one hour. [ [ Cool Hand Luke (1967) ] ]
* In The Marx Brothers' "A Night at the Opera", Driftwood (Groucho) orders dinner from the steward, including "two fried eggs, two poached eggs, two scrambled eggs, and two medium-boiled eggs" and repeated requests for hard-boiled eggs ("two hard-boiled eggs" and "make that three hard-boiled eggs"). [ A Night at the Opera (1935)]

ee also

*List of egg dishes


External links

* [ How to Soft Boil and Hard Boil Eggs]
* [ Classic Hard Boiled Egg]
* [ Boiled Eggs]
* [ How to Cook those Basics Perfectly and Easily]
* [ Boiling an Egg - Science Background]
* [ Boiling of eggs for molecular gastronomers]
* [ How to Boil an Egg - video]
* [ The Hard Boiled Egg Diet]
* [ Determining whether an egg is boiled or not without breaking it]

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