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#1 Christine

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:50 PM

I am making hard boiled eggs for a salad and I can never remember how long to boil the eggs for...anyone of you Martha Stewart wannabees want to help me out?
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#2 Alyssa

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    Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:51 PM

    Christine,

    fill the pot with enough water to just cover the eggs, throw in some salt, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, let simmer for 15 to 20 min.

    #3 thomastaci22

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      Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:52 PM

      My aunt says to boil the perfect egg you do this:

      1. Boil water (very bubbly)
      2. Put your egg(s) in the boiling water and keep them there for 3 minutes.
      3. Turn off the burner and keep covered for 15 minutes.

      This makes it so the shell comes off really easy and the yolk is perfectly cooked...good luck!

      #4 Christine

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      Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:52 PM

      oh I let it boil first, then put them in, oops.
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      #5 Lilpaisley

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        Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:53 PM

        First off, place the eggs in the water and then place it on the stove. Don't put the eggs in while it's boiling, they'll break. I boil mine for 13 min and then put them in an ice bath asap.
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        #6 Christine

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        Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:56 PM

        wow isn't that weird how everyone does it differently.
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        #7 Lilpaisley

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          Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:59 PM

          Some of the time diff is because of the types of stoves. I know that I have adjusted the time when cooking of a gas stove vs an electric stove.

          The ice bath stop the cooking and makes it easier to remove the shell.

          I got my technique from the Joy of Cooking book
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          #8 LCBride2007

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            Posted 07 May 2008 - 06:05 PM

            isn't there something about waiting until they sink or float? i've never made hard boiled eggs (GASP!)

            #9 Lilpaisley

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              Posted 07 May 2008 - 06:08 PM

              Don't know about the sink/float...but I know a quick way to tell that they close to done. Take the egg from the water and spin it on the counter. If it spins fast like a top its likely done. A raw egg spins slow and off kilter. Seriously...try it...it's so strange!
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              #10 monicabrandon2008

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                Posted 07 May 2008 - 06:10 PM

                I just do the plain ole boil them for 13 minutes and then go straight to removing the shell while I run it under cold water so I don't burn myself.
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