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Dumb question about boiling eggs

ipsedixit | May 30, 2011 11:59 AM

No, this isn't a post about why it's so hard to peel boiled eggs.

My question is, why do old eggs tend to crack -- even explode on me -- when I boil them?

Happens only with old eggs, not fresh ones.

And, no I don't drop cold eggs into warm, much less hot, water.

I usu. let the eggs come to room temp (or I just leave them out), then put them in cold water straight from the tap, and then bring the whole thing to a boil.

Somewhere along in that process, some of the eggs tend to crack or even explode, giving me essentially shredded poached eggs. Not a good thing.

(If this has been an oft-discussed topic, and my rudimentary search skills have failed me, then just point me to the search links and I'll be on my way.)

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