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How to make the perfect "6-Minute Egg" in 10 minutes

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If you have an electric water heater, either from Zojirushi or Panasonic, or whatever brand, then this is how to do it.

Get your water heater to bring the water to 208F (it should be one of the settings on the water heater).

Dispense the 208F water into a bowl, drop a room temp egg into the bowl, and just let it sit there, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Then remove the egg and turn on the faucet and run some cold tap water over the egg for about 30 seconds to stop the cooking and allow for easier peeling.

The result?

The perfect 6-minute egg in 10 minutes!

And what, you might ask, is the "perfect" 6-minute egg? Well, in my mind it is where the egg whites nearest the shell are firm but not rubbery, and the whites nearest the yolk are soft, sort of like cottage cheese in texture if you will. And the yolk holds together but is still soft and runny, like thick stirred custard. In other words, it's like an over-easy basted egg that still looks like an egg.

Cheers and enjoy!

Picture below for illustrative purposes (and pic is not mine).

 
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  1. 208 degrees is awfully close to 212 degrees. So it seems to me that you may as well just bring a pot of water to a boil, then take it off the heat and put the egg in. Does that four degrees make a discernible difference?

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    1. re: small h

      shouldn't if you just take the egg out about 30 seconds earlier. the white closest to the shell might get a teeny bit firmer, but i imagine you could achieve the same texture/doneness in the middle that ipse got.

      1. re: small h

        The problem with using a "pot of [boiling] water" is that (1) the boiling water is hotter than 208F as you correctly note and (2) the pot conserves the heat of the water more than a regular bowl does.

        You take a pot of boiling water off the heat, and if you have a thermometer in there, it maintains 212 (or higher) for quite a while.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Ok! New plan. Boil water. Pour water into bowl. Place egg in bowl. Except that I imagine the amount of water and the make of the bowl are also variables.

          I can't remember where I read this, but I was fascinated for a while by one woman's quest to make her husband's half-boiled egg as well as his mother did. It involved spinning the egg in the hot water with a spoon, so as to keep the yolk exactly in the center. I tried it a couple of times, but it was kind of exhausting. And not really worth the effort.

          1. re: small h

            It involved spinning the egg in the hot water with a spoon, so as to keep the yolk exactly in the center. I tried it a couple of times, but it was kind of exhausting. And not really worth the effort.
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            Yeah, that's a bit too anal.

      2. Won't the egg break/crack as soon as you place it in the water?

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        1. re: anndillman

          the OP said room temp egg, so no.

          1. re: anndillman

            A cold egg can go into boiling water as long as you first prick the large end with a thumbtack or needle. Unless the shell is already compromised, the egg won't crack or leak.