How to boil an egg

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 16th February 2017

In this video, we're going to look at boiling an egg and it sounds daft in some ways, but it’s not necessarily as simple as you might think.

To get that perfect soft textured white runny yolk, you need to be fairly precise I think everybody obviously has their own preferences to how they like their eggs cooked so timing’s will vary, we're going to do 3 eggs and what I've done is chosen a pan that'll fit those eggs in a single layer without too much space.

When you bring them that up to a boil you don't want them rattling around in their shells cracking so we're now going to cover those eggs by about 3 centimetres just with cold water so just so much above the eggs we're going to bring that up to a boil and then we're going to take it off the heat with the lid on and leave it in this case for 3 minutes and that should give you a nice set white but not too firm and nice runny yolk, eggs are at room temperature.

When we’re doing this and we’re just going to bring this up quickly to the boil and then as a say lid on off the heat, time it for three minutes and that should give you a perfect soft-boiled egg. So our timer has just gone off for our three minutes so we’re just going to take one of these eggs out give it a quick dry and then we’ll just with a serrated knife saw the top off and hopefully we've got a nicely set white, firm but not hard and I think we've got a lovely runny yolk there so perfect soft-boiled egg.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 16th February 2017

How to boil an egg