A close friend of mine is 62 years old and doesn’t know how to a boil an egg. I have carefully questioned other friends and egg boiling seems to be a sensitive subject that all adults need to face at some point in their lives.
I think that most people can’t boil eggs because they fear failure and can’t be bothered to read long instructions.
It takes Delia Smith 856 words to tell us how to boil an egg, but it is her job to be exact. http://www.deliaonline.com/how-to-cook/eggs/how-to-boil-an-egg.html
So, here is egg boiling in as few words as possible.
Take a risk and dare to get it wrong the first couple of times.
1. Put eggs in your smallest pan and cover with water.
2. Bring to boil and boil for two minutes for a soft egg. Slightly longer for a very large egg or a firmer medium sized egg.
3. If the egg cracks – it doesn’t matter, unless you are running a B and B.
4. If the egg is too soft - boil it for longer next time.
The best eggs are bought from someone who sticks a sign outside their house saying ‘free range eggs for sale’…..