How to Boil Eggs
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To make hard-boiled eggs, put eggs in a medium saucepan filled with cold water. Turn the heat up and let the water come to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, and let them cook for 8 minutes. Turn off the flame, take the eggs out of the water, and let them cool at room temperature. Crack the shell, peel, and serve.

For soft-boiled eggs, bring the water to a boil first, then add the eggs, taking care not to crack them on the side of the pan or strands of egg white will escape. Allow them to cook for 4 minutes in simmering water. This will set the white enough to avoid appearing "snotty," as Waltuck puts it. As above, turn off the flame, take the eggs out of the water, and let them cool at room temperature. Crack the shell, peel, and serve.