Even complete beginners can cook eggs. In principle, this statement is true, but amateur cooks know the reality: estimating the right cooking time is an art in itself. The task seems very simple, but the results are disappointing: eggs that are too hard, too soft, or even cracked. With our cooking tips, you will quickly learn to distinguish between soft, wax-soft and hard eggs.
Boil eggs: the cooking time depends on this!
Basically, the cooking time for eggs is fixed. But in reality it can vary widely and depends on several factors. The following rule of thumb applies: the fresher the eggs, the faster they will cook. The cooking time for fresh eggs is reduced by 30 seconds.
Eggs from the refrigerator should be warmed to room temperature before cooking. It is best to place them in lukewarm water for several minutes. Otherwise, you run the risk of 1) the eggs will burst open while cooking and 2) the cooking time will increase by 2 minutes.
The more eggs you cook together in a saucepan, the slower they will finish. A medium-sized saucepan between 18-23 cm in diameter will usually fit 3 large, 4 medium or 5 small eggs. If you put more eggs in the pot, they will be too close together, the water will heat up more slowly and the cooking time will be 1 minute longer.
And these cooking times should serve as a guide when cooking:
Soft eggs are cooked for an average of 6 minutes.
Waxy eggs are cooked in 7 minutes.
The cooking time for medium-hard eggs is 8 minutes.
9-10 minutes you need to boil hard eggs.
Cooking eggs: step-by-step instructions
First put the eggs, warmed to room temperature, in an empty saucepan. Then fill the pot with cold to lukewarm water. Add a pinch of salt if desired.
Bring the eggs to the boil over medium heat and let them cook for several minutes (see cooking times above).
Then quench the egg in ice water for 3-4 minutes and peel it. In any case, quenching the eggs shortens their shelf life and they can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
And this is how you can distinguish raw from soft and soft from hard eggs: put the egg on the table and turn it. Raw eggs spin very slowly, while hard-boiled eggs spin very quickly.