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How do you boil eggs without cracking the shell?

asked by KKool over 4 years ago
6 answers 1301 views
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added over 4 years ago

How boiled do you want them? I like mine with the whites set and the yolks still runny. So i use the same technique that burn toast does. For large eggs about 3 min, x-large 3 1/2. Jumbo 4. However, it depends on the amount of water in pan. Huge amount takes longer to come to boil, so less time after boiling.
Not very precise, sorry.
Best of all in a circulator at 143F for 45 minutes. But that is a bit over the top!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 4 years ago

I've heard adding a capful of white vinegar to the water can keep them from cracking.

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added over 4 years ago

Prick the end that holds the air with a pin.

516f887e 3787 460a bf21 d20ef4195109  bigpan
added over 4 years ago

Use room temperature eggs. If kept in fridge (as they do in N America) then put in a pot of warm - not hot - water to bring up to room temp...then proceed. Vinegar will help keep whites tight when water poaching, but does nothing for preventing cracking the shells when cooking.

7b500f1f 3219 4d49 8161 e2fc340b2798  flower bee
added over 4 years ago

In fact it deteriorates the shells because vinegar is an acid and egg shells are made of calcium.