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How to make hard boiled eggs: time and temperature!

In addition to being an excellent food in itself, hard-boiled eggs can be used to enrich a series of recipes much loved by Brazilians.


Eggs are one of the most versatile foods and can be prepared in many ways. Cooking the egg in boiling water is the best way, as the cooking time is important to get it right. Hard-boiled eggs can be stored for up to two days and are used in recipes such as mayonnaise, Sao Paulo couscous, bolovo, egg salad, among others.

Eggs are known to be a very versatile food: in addition to serving as ingredients in recipes such as cakes, breads and tarts, a favorite among those who lead a fitness lifestyle and opt for a healthy diet, they can be prepared in various ways to serve as a side dish or even a main meal.

One of these ways is the boiled egg which, despite being very simple, hides some secrets and techniques that must be followed, especially if you are one of those people who love eggs with runny yolks.

So it’s important to always remember that the main secret to cooking eggs isn’t even the temperature of the water: it’s the time you let it cook. Let’s explain more now!

How to prepare hard boiled eggs?

If you have questions about how to make hard-boiled eggs, we have good news for you: This is an easy recipe that only requires five steps.

Are they:

  1. Remove the egg from the refrigerator;
  2. Bring the water to the boil (adding a little vinegar or lemon to the water at this stage helps to peel it, as well as preventing it from breaking);
  3. Place the egg in boiling water and lower the heat;
  4. Wait for the cooking time and remove the egg from the water;
  5. Peel the egg.

However, there are some tricks along the way that will make egg preparation easier.

The main one is cooking time: it’s what causes the yolk and white to become harder or softer. Therefore, controlling this time is essential to get the egg cooked correctly.

Another is peeling time: there are tricks to help at this time when many people end up breaking the egg or leaving shells on it, disturbing the meal.

You therefore need to know the best way to cook eggs, what the right point is for a hard-boiled egg and how long to cook it to reach that point.

What’s the best way to cook eggs?

The main question for anyone who wants to understand how to make hard-boiled eggs is what is the best way to cook them.

And, although there are several alternatives and techniques – such as cooking eggs in a deep fryer or in the microwave – the traditional technique continues to cook eggs in boiling water.

This is because, in this way, it is easier to control the cooking of the hard-boiled egg, without letting it overcook.

In other words, the best way to cook eggs is in water, although other ways may seem practical.

What’s the sweet spot for a hard-boiled egg?

There is no sweet spot for hard boiled eggs. Eggs are such a versatile food and can be prepared in so many ways that even their cooked version is versatile and can have different points.

Therefore, the correct cooking of the hard-boiled egg depends on the preferences of those who will consume it or on the degree of cooking required in a recipe. Ramen recipes, for example, call for a specific point in the cooked egg: the one where the yolk is still runny when the egg is cut.

How long to cook an egg?

The desired degree of doneness of an egg obviously depends on the time: it defines whether the yolk will be soft or hard and whether the white will be soft or firm.

There are four points of eggs when we talk about hard boiled eggs. Are they:

  • For the hot egg, with the soft cooked egg white and the very liquid yolk, the cooking time is 4 minutes;
  • For soft eggs, which have a firmer white and a softer yolk, the cooking time should be 5 to 6 minutes.
  • To obtain a creamy egg, which has a creamy yolk and a firm white, cooking should last 7 to 8 minutes.
  • For hard eggs, which are fully cooked, with solid whites and yolks, you should cook the egg for 10 to 15 minutes.

It is always good to remember that, to ensure that the egg is always cooked correctly, it is important to put it in boiling water. If you put it in cold water and turn on the heat, waiting for it to reach the boil, in addition to losing the tip of the egg, you could also break the shell, damaging the cooking.

It’s also interesting that after you remove the egg from the water, you place it in an ice water bath. This way the cooking will stop and you won’t run the risk of losing the point.

How to store hard-boiled eggs?

To ensure food safety, it is recommended to store only hard-boiled eggs.

They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. If peeled, they can be stored immersed in a closed jar with filtered water; If they have not yet been peeled, you can store them in a closed, well-sealed container.

What recipes can you make with hard-boiled eggs?

Hard-boiled eggs can be used in recipes ranging from healthy mayonnaise to Sao Paulo couscous – both of which require firmer hard-boiled eggs in their preparation – bolovo, which can be made with soft eggs, egg salad, a classic Sunday lunch, even stuffed eggs, an excellent option for those who want to innovate their snack at home.

Other classic recipes that use boiled eggs are ramen, egg pâté (excellent for those on a diet who want to vary their protein intake) and also tartar sauce, perfect for accompanying fish.

On Terra Degusta you will find other recipes that can be made with hard-boiled eggs!

Source: Terra

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