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    How do you boil eggs?

    No, really, seriously. I know you boil the water then put the eggs in, but for how long? I've heard of "3 minute eggs" but I think those are kind of "rare"? I want mine to be completely done so how long do I leave them, and do I have to turn them?

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    I love the thought of a "rare" egg! I believe if you want to make sure they are hard boiled, it's best to heat the water in the pan from cold, don't add boiled water to the pan. I think 5 minutes would probably do it, but I'd leave them for 7-8. Just don't do as I once did, put the eggs on then get involved in a film. I remembered I was boiling eggs when I heard them explode in the kitchen. The pan had boiled dry. I couldn't get rid of the smell for days.

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    since i dont eat eggs i dont know, but as far as i know its between 5-10 and you could turn them over if you want, i guess it also depends on the flame you are boiling them but you could give a try at 5-7 so it doesnt gets overcooked........
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    Just for amusement i googled this, and lo and behold:

    http://www.goodegg.com/boiledegg.html

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    How do you boil eggs?

    I have always set a timer for 12 minutes to boil eggs & they have always been good.. Also if you put vineger in the water while boiling your eggs will peel just perfect..

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    Don't feel bad, I had to look up how in a cookbook! It said to cover with cold water (fill at least 1" over eggs) and bring to boil, cover, turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 20-22 minutes. Then immediately put them under running cold water to cool them, crack shells underwater, then roll eggs between hands to loosen shells. Peel when cool.
    This is how I do it now and they are perfect!

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    My husband's breakfast favorite is what he calls "six minute eggs". They are still runny and goopy after 6 minutes. So, if you want hard boiled, you'll need to boil them longer than that.
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    You put the eggs in a pot and cover them with water, several inches above the eggs. Start with cold eggs, cold water and start the boil slow to "set" the egg. If they are covered with the water, there is no need to turn them, they will cook. I would boil (on medium) at least 10 minutes.. cut them off and let them sit a few minutes, then pour out the hot water and cover with cold water, dump that and cover with cold water again until the water stays cool.. Peeling immediately helps them to peel easier. (I always add some salt to my water before they start to boil too to help them peel easier)

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    Debbie, you can't be serious!!

    Ok, boil enough water to cover the eggs. When it boils, put them in, I usually prick a hole in them to avoid them cracking (I'm talking about 1-2 eggs here). If you want them "softboiled" white solid but yolk soft, leave them in for 5-6 min. then put cold water on for ten seconds to stop the heating process. If you want them hard boiled, but still with a kind a softy yolk, leave them in for 8-9 min.
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    Yay! Someone else to join me in the "microwave compatible" club!

    Don't feel bad - I had no clue how to boil eggs, either! I don't even know how long to fix a hamburger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyber-sibes
    Don't feel bad, I had to look up how in a cookbook! It said to cover with cold water (fill at least 1" over eggs) and bring to boil, cover, turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 20-22 minutes. Then immediately put them under running cold water to cool them, crack shells underwater, then roll eggs between hands to loosen shells. Peel when cool.
    This is how I do it now and they are perfect!
    Sounds like you have the same "Big Red Betty Crocker Cookbook" as I do!
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    I bring them to a boil, turn off the heat, cover them, and let the "sit" for a while, Debbie. Works perfectly, every time.

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    at least a few inches over eggs.. don't they float? why has mine..

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippy-kat
    I don't even know how long to fix a hamburger.
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    You "fix" a hamburger leaving out the "pickle".......



    T&P..

    To keep the yolks from turning gray, let them cool by themselves....they will turn the nice yellow color you see on the cooking channel!

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    I had no idea there were so many different methods. I put them in cold water, heat until they boil and then 7 minutes. Siegmar wants them 3 minutes (rare), me 5 (medium)

    Filou wants his yolk raw. Without the white please

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