How to Boil a Cracked Egg

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Save your cracked egg before it ends up a mess.
Save your cracked egg before it ends up a mess. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

You might assume that a cracked egg is no longer usable, especially when it comes to boiling. The assumption is that the egg may seep out of the shell while it's cooking causing a mess and an unappealing finished product. But, in fact, a cracked egg is salvageable. With a little preparation and a gentle touch you can use your cracked egg to make a perfectly acceptable boiled egg.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Salt
  • Vinegar or lemon juice

Pick up the egg in your hand and hold it gently to avoid cracking the egg any further.

Fill a saucepan half-way full with cold water.

Add a dash of salt to the water.

Rub a little vinegar or lemon juice all over the cracked area using a light touch. Or pour a splash of vinegar directly into the water.

Submerge the egg very gently into the water, setting it on the bottom of the pan.

Place the pan on the burner and turn it to high heat.

Allow the water to come to a boil.

Remove the pan immediately from the burner and place the cover on top of the pan.

Wait for about 15 to 18 minutes before removing the eggs from the water. The hot water completes cooking the eggs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow eggs to cool before peeling them.

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