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How To Boil The Perfect Egg

Have you ever tried to cook a perfect soft-boiled egg, with a gooey golden centre? Easier said than done, isn’t it? It’s such a simple task, yet so hard to get exactly right every time. Boil it a little too long and you have a depressingly dry, crumbly yolk. Not long enough and you’re left with half-cooked egg white that’s still runny. And because you can’t see through the shell, you can only judge the end result once you’ve peeled it, when there’s no going back.

Boiling an egg should be as simple – and predictable – as making toast


From family traditions to top tips from TV chefs, everyone seems to have a favourite way to boil eggs. How many of these have you heard before and tried in vain?

Add the eggs to cold water and then boil.
Only add the eggs once the water is boiling!
Always put the eggs in ice water immediately after boiling.
Crack the fat bottom of the egg before boiling!
It’s 3 minutes exactly for a soft-boiled egg. Or maybe 4?
Switch methods depending on whether the eggs are fresh or old.
Remember to peel from the bottom of the egg!

Even with all the good advice out there, there’s usually a lot of luck involved, because what worked last time doesn’t always work next time. But boiling an egg should be just as quick and easy as popping two slices of bread in the toaster.

It can be, with an ingenious little helper that lets you skip the guesswork.

The Mueller Rapid Egg Cooker is the answer to that elusive perfectly boiled egg. This electric egg boiler actually steams the eggs, making sure they’re gently cooked to just the right temperature to achieve the consistency you prefer.

Fill the little measuring cup with the amount of water needed to boil three, four or six eggs at a time. Add less water for soft-boiled eggs and more for hard-boiled. Prick the fat bottom of each shell, then place the eggs and the water in the steamer to get started. Then flick the switch and get ready for boiled eggs just the way you like them.

Stress-free cooking at its best, while also taking up almost no space on your countertop.

Peeling eggs is usually tricky but it’s definitely easier with the Rapid Egg Cooker than when boiling the eggs in water the old way. But it’s a relief not to have to worry about the disappointment of seeing an overcooked or undercooked egg on the inside.

Once you’ve welcomed the wonderful little kitchen helper to your home, you can comfortably start to include boiled eggs in the meals you enjoy so much.

  • Breakfast
    Soft-boiled eggs and toast soldiers. Make your dippers really special by grilling the bread with some grated cheese to make mini cheese toasties. Or use some asparagus spears wrapped in ham, lightly grilled for a few minutes. What about crispy bacon spears or halloumi spears?

  • Lunches
    Hard-boiled eggs for lunchboxes and picnics always go down well, especially since they come with their own built in containers. Try toasted sourdough with mashed avocado, sliced boiled egg and a sprinkling of za’atar or paprika or cayenne pepper or sliced chilli. 

  • Dinner
    A delicious and satisfying kedgeree, with quartered hard-boiled eggs or a meal of curried eggs or scotch eggs.

  • Sides
    We can’t talk about boiled eggs without remembering the all-time favourite: an egg salad, potato salad or tuna salad with boiled eggs. 

Did you know?

Eggs are really healthy for you! An egg contains high protein, good fats and small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body, including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, vitamin E, folate.

So go on, get cracking!

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