Easy Boiled Eggs
Bring your eggs to room temperature before boiling. If the eggs are too cold, the shells may crack during cooking. Place the eggs in a saucepan of cold water. Place the pan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, gently stirring the eggs constantly in a clockwise direction. The movement of the water helps to centre the egg yolks. Simmer the eggs for four minutes for soft-boiled eggs. For semi-firm yolks and hard whites, simmer for 5 minutes. For hard-boiled eggs, simmer for 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the egg from the water. Transfer to an egg cup and serve immediately.
Before boiling eggs inspect them closely for the absence of even the tiniest crack. (A crack is the enemy of the boiled egg).