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Timing The Perfect Boiled Egg

There’s not much as wholesome and as simple as a freshly boiled egg for breakfast. Sometimes under-cooked and often over-cooked till the albumen (white bit) gets rubbery or the yolk turns grey and grainy. So, here are our Goldilocks tips for cooking the perfect eggs.


Baby Bear Eggs (Soft)

How to boil an egg

For those looking to wake from a hungover Saturday slumber, or any other morning for that matter, there’s little else that beats an oozing deep orange yolk. That is until soldiers are bought into the equation! Follow this go-to guide and you’re guaranteed to be slurping up every last morsel with spoons, soldiers or any other utensil within reaching distance.    

  1. Fill a saucepan halfway with some cold water and bring the water to a simmer. 
  2. Use a slotted spoon to put the egg into the pot, gently.
  3. Then, switch on the timer for 3 1/2 minutes.
  4. While the egg is cooking put your toast in the toaster.
  5. Once the toast is ready butter and add any other spreads you want, our recommendation is Bovril, or Marmite. 
  6. Cut the toast into strips about an inch wide for the perfect soldiers.
  7. Once the timer goes, with a spoon remove the egg carefully, draining the water as well.
  8. Serve up and enjoy.


Papa Bear Eggs (Hard)

How to boil an egg

Papa Bear’s bed may have been too hard, his porridge too hot and his chair too big for Goldilocks, but his eggs are worthy of praise. Whether making a salad, prepping a picnic or just looking for a little snack it’s always worth having a few eggs hard boiled and at the ready in the fridge.

  1. Pick your pluckiest saucepan, filling it halfway with cool water and place the egg gently in.
  2. Bring cool water and eggs to the boil together.
  3. Once at boiling point, lower the heat and let it simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the pot into the sink keeping the eggs in the pot.
  5. Run cold water over the eggs straight away for a minute to cool them down.
  6. If eating straight away – Once the eggs are ‘bear-able’ to the touch, bash them gently against the sink or a bowl until the eggshells have small cracks all over.  Start to peel the shell over cold water* and Voila they’re ready to eat!
  7. If saving for later – place them in the fridge to keep them fresh.  Hard-boiled eggs can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.

*Pro Tip: When peeling a hard boiled egg, try to get your nail under the membrane (thin white layer under the shell) without pricking into the egg. Once you’ve got under the membrane you should find it easier to peel the membrane off with the shell.


Mamma Bear Eggs (Not Too Soft, Not Too Hard, Just Right)

How to boil an egg

They say “Mother always knows best” and if Mamma Bear knows anything it’s how to boil an egg. Towing that hard to find line between firm, yet still soft, white and wonderfully gooey yolk without the disappointment of a surprise jelly consistency. This is our boiled egg of choice. There’s a reason it has won the hearts of so many and been gracing menus of both the most simple and sophisticated establishments for centuries – gooey deliciousness.     

  1. Bring a half-full pan of water to a rolling boil. 
  2. Use a slotted spoon to put the egg into the pot, gently.
  3. Then, switch on the timer for 4 1/2 minutes.
  4. Once the time is up, carefully remove the egg from the water with a slotted spoon draining the water off the egg as you go.
  5. Run the egg under cold water until cool then place on a tea towel to dry.
  6. Place the egg in your egg cup of choice and serve alongside toasted soldiers and plenty of seasoning.

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