How to Boil a Cracked Egg

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Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan

  • Salt

  • Vinegar or lemon juice

Save your cracked egg before it ends up a mess.

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.


Step 1

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

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Step 2

Fill a saucepan half-way full with cold water.

Step 3

Add a dash of salt to the water.


Step 4

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.

Step 5

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


Step 6

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

Step 7

Allow the water to come to a boil.

Step 8

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

Step 9

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


Allow eggs to cool before peeling them.



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