Egg Basics - SOFT BOILED
On this blog I have reserved Thursdays for "Beginners." For the next few months (on Thursdays) we will be concentrating on the Basics of Eggs. (I know that many of my readers are experienced cooks but there are just as many readers who are new in the kitchen and might desire some simple instruction on the basics).
Eggs are wonderful and so versatile! - - - They can be boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, deviled..........etc. Many people have never had a soft boiled egg but this is actually one of my favorite ways to eat an egg. Today we will be learning how to cook a perfect soft boiled egg - if you prefer the egg soft instead of runny don't worry - I will give you those instructions also.
There is a controversy over the egg yolk - many people only eat egg whites and believe that the yolk is too fatty. I am from the opposite school of thought - I believe that the yolk is the healthiest part of the egg. The Yolk contains all of the fat-soluble vitamins like A, E & K & the yolk is one of the few foods that naturally contains vitamin D, the yolk also has lutein (good for the eyes), and is a good source of lecithin. (again - I'm not a doctor - please see my "disclaimer" at the bottom of this post).
|Opa & Me|
My Opa (Grandpa in German) was a carpenter and he made these sleek & modern looking egg cups out of wood (see picture below). He made them years & years ago (probably in the '60's). The first soft boiled egg that I ever ate was in these egg cups while I was sitting in my grandparents' dining room - I remember that room clearly: it was open to the living room which had that textured wallpaper in gold with raised brown felt and the dining room windows were clad with dark olive green velvet curtains that draped to the floor (Oh the 1970's!!). And you can't forget about the Berber carpet that they kept from the 60's. I fell in love with soft boiled eggs that first taste when I was 4 years old.
My grandfather lives on in my memory through his handy work - these Egg Cups sit on display in my China Cabinet (when I'm not using them of course).
Step 1: Fill a medium size saucepan with cold water (when I say fill - leave at least 2 inches head space - you might need to pour out some water after you add the eggs - you don't want the water to boil over)
Step 2: Gently place the uncooked eggs into the cold water in the saucepan
Step 3: Place the pan on medium heat and bring the water to boil.
Step 4: As soon as the water begins to boil - set your timer for 3 minutes & 30 seconds exactly (this amount of time will cook the white but leave the yolk runny) (If you don't like a runny yolk & just want it soft then boil for 1 extra minute).
Step 5: After the desired time (3.5 minutes or 4.5 minutes - see step 4)- Immediately remove the egg(s) from the hot water & place in a bowl with cold water.
Step 6: Take the egg(s) out of the water and place in an egg cup.
Step7: Lightly tap the top of the egg with a knife (as seen below)
Step 8: Take off the top of the egg, salt the egg & eat with a spoon.
|1. Runny Yolk but Whites are solid (boil for 3.5 minutes)|
|2. Yolk is soft not runny (boil for 4.5 minutes)|
I only want my yolk to be runny - NOT the egg white.