For an absolute newbie, learning how to boil an egg should definitely be the first port of call when learning how to cook. This can boost your self-confidence. You can now have a complete breakfast along with some cereals and a glass of cold milk. When I first learnt this, I felt really proud that I could make myself a simple breakfast without any help and without "wasting" even five minutes. This eventually opened my eyes for further experimentation.
This also proved to be a foundation for making many more recipes. You can make your favourite sandwich or your salad by acquiring this simple skill.
I hope mastering this art (which is hardly an art) would give you the same amount of pleasure and assurance that it gave me and would encourage you to try making many other recipes.
How Should You Boil an Egg
• Take out the egg from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
• In a pot, take enough water for the egg to be fully submerged.
• Add the egg and then turn on the heat source.
• As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat source and let the water cool down on its own.
• Remove the egg from the water.
• Remove the shell. Your perfect hard-boiled egg is ready.
In case, you want to have a soft-boiled egg, then unlike in a hard-boiled egg where you remove the egg from the water after letting the water come to room temperature from its boiling point, it is suggested to remove the egg the moment the water comes to a boil.
How Should You Peel a Perfect Boiled Egg
After you have boiled the egg, and taken it out of the boiling water, immerse it in cold water for a minute. This helps you to handle the egg easily and also loosens the shell. Thereafter, gently tap the upper pointed portion of the egg with a fork till small cracks appear. Now start peeling from this point and the shell should come out easily if the egg is full boiled.
Tip: In case, you find the shell sticking at places, you can break the egg at a few more places with the fork, and then roll the entire egg in your palm for a few seconds to loosen the shell.
For soft-boiled egg, take out only the upper portion to the point where you can dip a small spoon inside the egg-shell. Then place the egg in an egg bowl and scoop out the egg with a spoon to eat.