How to Make Perfect Soft-Boiled or Hard-Boiled EggsIngredients:
- 6 large eggs
- Stockpot with a fitted lid
- Large slotted spoon
- Bowl, ice and water for ice bath
STEP 1: Carefully place uncooked eggs in a single layer in a stockpot. Add cold water until the eggs are submerged under about one inch of water.
STEP 2: Bring to a full boil, uncovered.
STEP 3: Immediately turn off heat, remove from the burner and cover.
STEP 4: Set timer for…
- 3 minutes for very runny soft-boiled eggs with just-set whites
- 4 minutes for runny soft-boiled eggs
- 6 minutes for creamy, custard-y “medium”-boiled eggs
- 8 minutes for firm (but still creamy) hard-boiled eggs
- 10 minutes for firm hard-boiled eggs
- 12 minutes for very firm hard-boiled eggs
Here are some facts that In the Kitchens has found to be very helpful to kids and grown ups alike!
What are the health benefits of eggs?
In 2000 the American Heart Association revised their guidelines after decades of studies showed that high levels of cholesterol in food (like eggs) were not to blame for heart disease.
Some egg producers also enhance the omega-3 fat content of their egg yolks by supplementing their chicken feed with things like flaxseed, seaweed and other nutrient-dense foods. Omega-3s are an important anti-inflammatory fat that humans can’t produce on our own.
Whole eggs are high in protein and absolutely packed with vitamins. Highlights include choline, which may enhance memory and brain health, as well as nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, which may lower the risk of macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of age-related blindness.
Are eggshells useful for anything?
So many things!
One of the most common ways to use eggshells is to keep plants healthy. You can use nutrient-dense eggshells in your composting — they are doubly great outdoors since they act as a natural pesticide for slugs and snails that don’t like sharp shells (and deer, who don’t like the smell of eggs). Indoors, you can crush up egg shells into your potted plants or let the shells soak in a jar of water that you later use to water your plants. You can also start seedlings in them over the winter and plant them in their very compostable containers in the spring.
In addition to the plant-related uses, you can use eggshells as an abrasive pan scrubber, add them to a broth or stock for extra calcium and minerals (just remember to strain them out before consuming or cooking with it), and to sharpen blender blades by running the blender with eggshells and water in it.