How to boil an egg

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It's hard to go past a perfectly soft-boiled egg with some soldiers for a quick nutritious breakfast! Hard or soft boiled eggs are also the basis of so many dishes, such as egg mayonnaise, salad Nicoise and egg and onion sandwiches, to name but a few.

Soft-boiled eggs
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Place the eggs in a saucepan with enough room for the eggs to move and enough cold water to cover them by a couple of centimetres.
Heat the pan over medium-high heat. Once the water is boiling, start timing the eggs. Cook for three minutes.
After three minutes, remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and place in egg cups.
Slice the tops off the eggs and serve with a teaspoon, buttered toast fingers and salt and pepper.
Medium-boiled eggs
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If you find soft boiled is too under-done for your liking, try a medium boiled egg. You can cook the egg for up to six minutes after it starts boiling for a medium-boiled result.
Hard-boiled eggs
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Follow the same steps as above, and once the water is boiling, start timing the eggs. Cook for nine minutes.
After nine minutes, drain the eggs from the saucepan and cool in cold water.
If using immediately, peel when cool. otherwise you can keep them in the fridge for up to a week. If storing in the fridge, it's a good idea to mark the eggs as boiled on their shells.
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