Perfect Soft or Hard Boiled Eggs

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To make perfect soft- or hard-boiled eggs, put
whole, room-temperature eggs in a pan of cold water and bring it to a simmer
over medium heat. Once the water is at a low boil, begin counting. Remove the
eggs at the time specified below, and chill them under running cold water before cracking and peeling.

     Soft-Boiled Quail Eggs: 1 minute

     Hard-Boiled Quail Eggs: 2 to 3 minutes

     Soft-Boiled Chicken Eggs: 2 minutes

Hard-Boiled Chicken Eggs: 5 minutes

     Soft-Boiled Duck Eggs: 3 minutes 

Hard-Boiled Duck Eggs: 7 minutes


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