How To Boil An Egg By Ruth Reichl of Gourmet Cookbook

Guest Chef and Author Ruth Reichl recommends the following method. We followed her instructions in a step-by-step guide on how to boil eggs, from her book Gourmet Cookbook edited by Ruth Reichl.

Step by Step guide on boiling the perfect hard boiled egg

There are almost as many ways to hard-boil eggs as there are cookbooks. This procedure produces bright yellow velvety yolks (with no gray ring) every time; its the one that the food scientists Shirley Corriher uses in her book CookWise.

You’ll find eggs easier to peel if you use ones that are at least a week old (not a concern if you buy them at the supermarket rather than a farmers market). Ease of peeling is related to pH level, and the older an egg is, the more alkaline it is (that is why you shouldn’t add vinegar to the water).

Eggs First

Put the eggs into a large heavy pot and cover them with 1 1/2 inches of cold tap water.

Put the eggs into a large heavy pot and cover them with 1 1/2 inches of cold tap water.

Turn Up The Heat

Partially cover the pot and bring the water to a rolling boil.

Put the eggs into a large heavy pot and cover them with 1 1/2 inches of cold tap water.

The 30 Second Cook – Boil Egg Trick

Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot completely and cook the eggs for 30 seconds.

Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot completely and cook the eggs for 30 seconds.

The 15 Minute Self Cook – Hard Boiled Egg

Remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water, still covered for 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water, still covered for 15 minutes

The 5 Minute Ice Bath

Then run the boiled eggs under cold water for about 5 minutes – this stops the cooking and prevents yolk discoloration.

Eggs in ice bath

The Finished Result – Perfect Boiled Eggs

Boil Eggs

The Source

From the Gourmet Cookbook edited by Ruth Reichl.

The Result

Ruth is correct, there are many ways to boil an egg. In this method our eggs came out exactly as she had described, the shell did crack as it was cooking. Further, we looked into Shirley Corriher’s book CookWise and may just add this to our collection.

Items we used to test these instructions

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How To Boil An Egg By Ruth Reichl of Gourmet Cookbook

Guest Chef and Author Ruth Reichl recommends the following method. We followed her instructions in a step-by-step guide on how to boil eggs, from her book Gourmet Cookbook edited by Ruth Reichl.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Ice Bath5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Yield: 6 Eggs
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Stove
  • Pair of Tongs
  • Bowl

Materials

  • 1.5 Inches Cold Water
  • 6 Each Eggs

Instructions

  • Eggs First. Put the eggs into a large heavy pot and cover them with 1 1/2 inches of cold tap water.
  • Turn Up The Heat. Partially cover the pot and bring the water to a rolling boil.
  • The 30 Second Cook. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot completely and cook the eggs for 30 seconds.
  • The 15 Minute Self Cook. Remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water, still covered for 15 minutes.
  • The 5 Minute Ice Bath. Then run the eggs under cold water for about 5 minutes – this stops the cooking and prevents yolk discoloration.
  • The Finished Result – Perfect Boiled Eggs.

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Other Ways To Boil Eggs

Steamed Eggs is another boil egg method that produces a perfect hard boiled egg and it is easy to peel. Visit our page below on how to perfectly steam eggs.