Why it is better not to boil eggs straight from the refrigerator

Cooks recommend removing eggs from the refrigerator 30 minutes before boiling them.

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For perfect hard-boiled eggs, kitchen experts recommend against using eggs that just came out of the refrigerator.

Obtaining eggs with the perfect texture, appearance and flavor is a simple task, although there are several factors to take into account, including cooking time.

To cook the eggs evenly, to prevent the shell from cracking and to make them easy to peel without damaging them it is recommended that the eggs reach room temperature first. Take the eggs out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.

When you put cold raw eggs into a pot of boiling water, it creates a violent reaction inside the shell.notes Atlanta chef Jennifer Hill Booker via Southern Living.

“This backlash will lead to a number of problems. Most notably, the eggs are likely to crack due to the shock of extreme temperature change,” he explains. Besidesthe white of the eggs will stick to the inside of the shell, making the eggs more difficult to peel.

To make the eggs easier to peel, it’s also a good idea to use eggs that have been in the refrigerator longer. “The less fresh the egg, the easier it will be to peel it”, share Get Cracking.

As the eggs age, they gradually lose moisture through the pores in the shell and the air pocket at the tip expands. The pH of the egg whites becomes relatively high, which makes them adhere less to the shell.

“Ideally, buy your eggs a week or two before you plan to boil them and let them mature in the fridge,” advises The Kitchn.

Other recommendations for perfect hard-boiled eggs

Do not add eggs to boiling water

The best method for cooking eggs is to cover them with cold waterabout an inch above, place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

Do not cook the eggs too much

Overcooking eggs is the cause of a yolk with a green ring around it and a rubbery texture.

Once the water is boiling, to obtain a firm yolk, UK Egg Info recommends boiling a medium egg for 7 minutes; 8 minutes a large egg and 9 minutes an extra large egg.

cool eggs quickly

Cool the eggs under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water.

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