Test report 4 (sea trial):
Now this experiment
was really weird.
It was prompted by this post:
Originally Posted by bornyesterday
......can't remember if I read it, saw it on TV or invented it... I remember thinking a sixty second boiled egg might be possible as long as I didn't start shaking it for 15 seconds or so.
I can see lots of value managing to cook hard boiled eggs during passages just by boiling a couple of cups of water
in a kettle. Eggs make an easy, nutritious, filling snack and they also serve as good hand warmers before being eaten
On a short passage
today with moderate seas in open water
, I popped three eggs in a single
layer in the base of my cold thermos using a soup spoon, filled the thermos up with boiling water and sealed it up.
Sixty seconds sounded a mite optimistic
so I gave it 20 minutes, quickly pulled one egg out using a soup spoon and resealed the thermos. The white was runny. Really runny. What was strange though was the yolk was cooked solid
. Reasonably hard boiled I would have called it. I have never seen an egg behave this way
I gave it 10 minutes more and pulled the second egg out (30 min total). I could at least shell it this time, but it was still a really sloppy white. See the photo
in the next post.
The water was cooling
at this stage, particularly having opened the thermos twice, so I gave the third egg another half an hour (making the total an hour).
A near perfect hard boiled egg. Remember it was opened twice along the way letting heat escape, but hotter (or longer) cooking
would not have been detrimental (confirmed by my hubbie who had half the last egg). I think about an hour would have been right had the thermos not been opened and all the eggs left in the entire time. I will repeat this and check. I doubt the timing is very critical and giving it a bit longer is better than having runny whites.
So, to summarise:
THERMOS HARD BOILED EGGS
For 3 medium sized eggs that are left in the entire cooking
time with boiling water added to fill, at about 22°C air and initial egg temperature give it an hour in a 710ml thermos (not preheated or wrapped after being sealed). It would be longer for a smaller thermos or more eggs or colder conditions or if the eggs came straight from the fridge.
It is a great method for cooking hard boiled eggs easily on passages as there is no need to have a pot of water boiling away for 10 minutes with all the inherent problems. It is a very easy method too if you want hard boiled eggs at anchor
, saving gas and avoiding steam and heating
of the cabin
This was only one trial, but it is not looking good if you want soft boiled eggs
(my preference if I am having them for breakfast with soldiers at anchor
The egg was too fresh to shell easily (not the fault of the method), but the consistency of the white was good after an hour in the thermos: