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How to Boil Eggs: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs

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  • A hot start (placing right into boiling water or a full-steaming pot) is the most important factor in creating an easy-to-peel hard-boiled egg
  • If boiling, turn the heat down to a low simmer for the remainder of the cooking (11 minutes total for hard-boiled, six minutes for soft-boiled) to prevent tough or rubbery whites
  • When your eggs are done cooking, shock them in a pot of ice water to get rid of the dimple at the bottom
  • If you're wondering how long do hard-boiled eggs last, the truth is that they do not have a longer shelf life than raw eggs. Hard-boiled can only be stored for a maximum of seven days. Freezing eggs is not recommended because the temperature can interfere with the natural cellular structure and shorten its shelf-life
  • The best way to consume eggs, provided they come from a high-quality source, is to not cook them at all, which is why my advanced nutrition plan recommends eating your eggs raw
  • While less “well done” eggs are still preferable (such as poached, soft-boiled, or over easy with very runny yolks), a hard-boiled egg is an excellent source of healthy protein, fat, and antioxidants

By Dr. Mercola

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