Life Hack: How to Boil an Egg in a Kettle

how to boil an egg in a kettle

Last Updated on June 4, 2021

Are you tired of having to wait for your eggs to cook? Or maybe you’re fed up with traditional methods that leave you with eggs that have a crack in them. Either way, in this article, we’re sharing how to boil an egg in a kettle – a new way of preparing a boiled egg that you’ll love.

Boiling Eggs in the Kettle

Did you ever think you could place eggs in a kettle for cooking? Well, now you know, and below is a step-by-step guide on cooking eggs in electric kettles.

Step 1: Place the Eggs in the Kettle

Add the eggs into the kettle and ensure that they’re fully covered with water at least one inch above the eggs. Take precautions so that the eggs don’t touch the heating elements, which could cause their shell to break and create quite a mess inside the kettle.

Step 2: Prop up Your Kettle

To prevent the eggs from touching the heating elements inside of the kettle, you can prop up the kettle to one side. Of course, you won’t want to hold the kettle like this for a long time. If the kettle’s design allows it, carefully place a book or stack of coasters on one edge of the kettle to keep it securely positioned.

Step 3: Switch on the Kettle

Once your appliance is properly set in place, and the eggs are covered with water, it’s time to switch on the appliance. When the kettle has boiled, it’ll likely switch off. Set the alarm to remove the eggs after 10 minutes to 15 minutes, depending on whether you want soft-boiled eggs or hard-boiled eggs.

Step 4: Remove the Water

Once the time has passed, and your timer has gone off, you can remove the eggs from the kettle and pour the water down the drain. Immediately place the eggs into a bowl filled with cold water to reduce the eggs’ temperature.

After several minutes, the eggs will have cooled down, and you can peel off the shells and enjoy them straight away.

Tips to Remember for Boiling Eggs

There are some important factors you’ll want to remember when boiling eggs in your kettle, and here they are below.

  • Don’t add too many eggs to the kettle because this will cause overcrowding and mean that the eggs smash together and break.
  • Don’t try boiling eggs in an electric kettle if your appliance has an exposed heating element.
  • Regularly clean and care for your kettle. The last thing you want is to eat food from a dirty appliance, or worse yet, have a cup of tea from a dirty kettle.

Will Boiling Eggs in an Electric Kettle Ruin the Taste?

No. Fortunately, eggshells are thick, which makes them highly resistant to shattering at high heat. The average electric kettle’s temperature rises to 82 degrees Celsius.

Can You Still Boil Eggs at a Lower Temperature?

Yes, but it’s probably a waste of electricity. Most electric kettles are designed to heat water to a minimum of 180 degrees Fahrenheit (82 Celsius) and up to 212 or 248 degrees Fahrenheit (despite what you might see on TV!), so they aren’t built for extreme heat.

Even if you set them to “low” (which most people do), they’re probably not built for extreme temperatures. The temperature inside your electric kettle should be around 82 Celsius (180 degrees Fahrenheit), and that’s why that’s the temperature for eggs in an electric kettle. If you want to boil something else, it’s best to use an actual stove to boil your food.

How Long Does It Take to Boil Eggs in a Kettle?

For soft-boiled eggs, you’ll typically need around six minutes in the kettle. You may need to practice this method a few times to see the right amount of time. We suggest submerging the eggs into cold water immediately after the kettle has boiled for the best results. Otherwise, the egg will continue cooking, which means that you’re less likely to have soft-boiled eggs as a result.

On the other hand, if you want to cook a hard-boiled egg in an electric kettle, you’ll need to cook them for around 15 minutes. During this waiting time, we recommend preparing ice-cold water for your newly boiled eggs. When the time has passed, you’ll need to drain the water from the kettle and pick out the eggs. All the while, ensure that you’re careful not to place your hand on the heating element, which could scald you. Allow the eggs to cool, depending on your heat preference and the dish you’re making.

The Benefits of Making Cooked Eggs in a Kettle

Although this method of cooking eggs might be unusual, it’s certainly not new. People around the world are always experimenting with new ways to cook a boiled egg, and the idea of using an electric kettle is easy and quick. Plus, you only need one appliance, rather than having to use a large saucepan. And, when you’ve finished making your eggs, you can just boil fresh water for it to automatically sterilise the appliance in an instant.

Cook Eggs Today

Many people have a kettle in their homes, so there’s no reason not to take full advantage of it. Now you know how to boil an egg in a kettle, it may inspire you to learn more ways of using your kettle for cooking different foods.

Since you’ve discovered how to perform this unconventional method, it’s your turn to share how you are making boiled eggs. Have you used the kettle idea before? Let us know your advice in the comments.

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