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11-23-2004, 01:42 PM
When i was young i loved soft boiled eggs and soldiers- but now i have no idea how long to cook them so that they are still runny, but not to runny.

11-23-2004, 02:22 PM
I wonder if I'm the only one who finds it strange that you posted this here rather than just typing "soft-boiled egg" into Google.

11-23-2004, 02:42 PM
i think that about many things i read here

The once and future king
11-23-2004, 02:52 PM
Give it about half an hour, any less and it will be virtualy raw.

11-23-2004, 02:54 PM
Wouldn't it only apply to questions about soft boiled eggs?

11-23-2004, 03:01 PM
I think they used to call soft-boiled eggs "three-minute eggs," so that might be a good starting point.

Gotta adjust for whether the eggs are cold or not when you start, I guess.

You know a good way to get the same taste and texture is to make poached eggs. There are special poached egg holders you can get for the stovetop or microwave, or you can just carefully crack an egg into boiling water, or a bunch into a bowl, then tip the bowl over into boiling water. Just lift them out with a slotted spoon. Easy to see if they're getting too hard that way.

11-23-2004, 03:13 PM
The easiest way to boil a perfect egg (hard - medium - soft) is to use one of those cheesy egg shaped timers that you drop in the water with the egg. It changes color as it cooks and has lines for soft/medium/hard so you know when it is at the right firmness for your liking.

Egg Timer on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004UE75/qid=1101237171/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-0822911-0405603?v=glance&s=kitchen&n=507846)

11-23-2004, 03:45 PM
Wouldn't it only apply to questions about soft boiled eggs?

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PS: How to Boil Eggs (http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1616,139189-242198,00.html)

11-23-2004, 04:23 PM
Ahh yes-
someone else doing the work for me, and a couple of laughs....
why the hell would i ever google?

Ray Zee
11-23-2004, 07:17 PM
didnt tell ya the most important thing of all. put it in some cold water for a few seconds as soon as you take it out or it keeps cooking. unless you crack it right then and eat it.
plus as you go to higher altitudes(live in the mountains), cooking time increases.

11-23-2004, 08:06 PM
1. Pour cold tap water in the pot along with three uncooked eggs.
2. Cook at medium flame until water starts to boil.
3. Time boiling time exactly 2 minutes 40 seconds.
4. Take out eggs immediate and let them cool.
5. Enjoy perfectly soft-boiled eggs along with some toast.

11-23-2004, 08:25 PM
should also put some vinegar in the water. apparently it does water, though I dont know why.

Ray Zee
11-23-2004, 09:02 PM
doesnt the toast get too soggy in the water.

Michael Davis
11-23-2004, 10:45 PM
Because he already knows how to make bread pudding.


11-24-2004, 12:08 AM
should also put some vinegar in the water. apparently it does water, though I dont know why.

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I just had to chime in on this one, dont know why.

The vinegar is used when poaching eggs. Something about the chemical properties allow the egg to keep its shape in the scalding water, sort of binds it and keeps everything from separating. No need to use vinegar when cooking an egg still in its shell.