Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How to ardhboil an egg

Before AND After

Last night I wanted a hardboiled egg on my salad. I don't hardboil eggs often enough to remember the recipe, so I turned to Google. Because Google knows everything.

I typed without looking....how to ardhboil an egg. Google came back with "Sorry lady, we got nothin' "

So I tried again....how to hardboil an egg. This time Google came back with http://howtohardboilanagg.com/ (DO NOT CLICK, THERE IS A DISCLAIMER)

After I hit my head with my palm and said "DUH", I clicked. I expected a paragraph on some egg cooking website. But NO! There is an ENTIRE WEBSITE devoted to how to hardboil an egg. And it's SIX PAGES LONG! Come along with me. Imagine I'm frowning and tilting my head.

Chicken Cartoon on top. Under that is this line..."Hard boiled eggs for your recipes cooked perfectly every time with my simple instructions. Please read our disclaimer before use."

Disclaimer? Yes, an entire page of disclaimer that warned you not to SUE if your computer caught a virus from the website (Thanks for that information, dudes. It's too late now.)

Tips and Advice: A page on how to use old eggs and center the yolks.

Page 1: Ready to get started. All about pans and water.

Page 2: How to cook the eggs.

Page 3: How to cool the eggs.

Page 4: How to crack and peel the eggs.

Page 5: The previously mentioned disclaimer.

This is my Cliffnotes version: Put eggs in pan of cold water. Bring water to a boil.This takes 6 minutes. DO NOT LEAVE THE STOVE! I did because my daughter says I'm a BAMF and I had to go to the bathroom. Move pan off heat. WEAR OVEN GLOVES! Put eggs in bowl of water and ice. Set timer for 30 minutes. Crack and peel the eggs.

See? 1 paragraph. The eggs? Way overcooked with very gummy yolks.

I'm going to read over that disclaimer again to see if I can sue.


My Name Is Cat said...

this is the only way I know how to boil an egg -- cook it until it cracks. That's how I know it won't be runny inside.
Disclaimer: I'm a disinterested cook. Follow my directions at your own peril.

raino said...

this is so cool! what the hell did we ever do before the internet - really. i usually call my dad when it's time for me to hard boil an egg. did is really say 'i got nothin' lady?'

Mrs. G. said...

I'll stick with scrambled!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My way is cover eggs with water, boil, turn off and leave for 12 minutes. Scoop out and put in a colander and run cold water over them to cool quickly (this makes them easier to peel). Stick the colander in the freezer--but only for a few minutes (depending on how many eggs you boil--I usually do a dozen, so I keep them in there for 20 minutes). Store in fridge. I hope this helps.

Fannie said...

This? This is why the only time I hard boil eggs is Easter?

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I am amazed by this. Thank goodness for cookbooks (first) and second, if you have an electric teakettle, put the eggs in, then the water, turn it on. About 10 minutes after the kettle clicks off you will have perfectly hard boiled eggs every time. Don't thank me, thank Alton Brown. I learned it from him.

blackbird said...

Our method:
Put the eggs in a pan of cold water.
Bring to a boil.
Shut burner off.
Put lid on pan.
Let sit for 20 minutes.
Run eggs under cool water - and peel.

Never rubbery, no green line around the yolk.