How to Boil the Perfect Egg/Is Your Egg Fresh?

How to determine if your egg is fresh, just drop the egg into cold salted water (3/8 cup salt to 4 cups water). If the egg sinks it is fresh. If it remains suspended in the water it is about 2 weeks old. If it floats, the egg is not fresh enough to be eaten and should be thrown away.



1. Place your eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to saucepan, covering eggs by 1 inch. Heat over high heat just to boiling. Remove from burner and cover pan.

2. Let eggs stand in hot water about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large).

3. Drain immediately and cool completely under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water.

4. To peel a hard-boiled egg, gently tap on countertop until shell is finely cracked all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Start peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to ease the shell off. Once peeled, eggs should be eaten that day.

Note: A green discoloration sometimes forms around hard-boiled yolks the result of a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. Cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately minimizes this. Also, eggs are easier to peel right after cooling as it causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.

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