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Smiling_Sara 06-21-2008 02:00 PM

Question about hard boiled eggs
Hey all, I had some older brown eggs ( prob a month old ) and I thought I'd hard boil them. I boiled them about a week ago, for a LONG time. ( I like to make sure they are done ~ 40 minutes I boiled them ) I opened 2 up just now and the white part looks fine, but it's almost like the yolk has a greenish ring around it. Is that just bc of how long I cooked em up for or is it some sort of fungas, or what? Id like to eat them, but I also don't want to get sick from eating them. Remember, they were about a month old when I boiled them.


fiberlover 06-21-2008 02:05 PM

That's normal. It happens during the cooking process if you cook them too long - which at 40 minutes is too long LOL. Tastes the same, though - although yours might be a bit dry.

Schmoodle 06-21-2008 02:07 PM

40 minutes is a long time to boil eggs. When I overcook hardboiled eggs, they do get a greenish tinge around the outside of the yolk. Bad eggs smell very bad and will taste off. Fresh eggs in the refrigerator can keep for up to 5 weeks, so I think yours are probably okay if they taste fine and don't have a rotten egg smell.

Lori Bell 06-21-2008 02:08 PM

Hummm.....I'd give them to the dog. Yolks do tend to get a greenish colored coating, that won't kill ya, but it's the week they have been boiled that scares me. Eggs don't last that long after they are cooked.

bargoo 06-21-2008 02:18 PM

After you take your eggs off of the stove , pour off the hot water and let them sit, unpeeled under cold running water, this eliminates the greenish colored ring. Have to do it right away, though.

chickybird 06-21-2008 02:23 PM

You can see if you're eggs are still fresh by checking the shells. Fresh eggs will have a bumpy texture on top, and old ones will be smooth.

SwimGirl 06-21-2008 08:48 PM

I definitely wouldn't eat them myself - only because they'd been in the fridge for that long after being boiled. I have to echo everyone else, the green comes from not putting them in ice cold water after boiling them. Get some new eggs!


math puppy 06-21-2008 11:08 PM

gee, those ARE old. did you eat them?

PhotoChick 06-22-2008 01:41 AM

Holy SCHAMOLEY. 40 mins? :D I'm surprised that the whites weren't like rubber tires. Yeah, 40 mins is waaaaaayyyyy too long to boil eggs. A hard boiled egg shouldn't actually be *boiled*. Here's the best way to make them:

Put the eggs in cold water over high heat. Bring the water *just* to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover, and let cook in the hot water for 17 minutes (20 mins if you're using jumbo eggs). AT the end of the cooking time, remove them from the water and immediately cover them in ice water. While they're iced down, crack the shells all over ... the water will get between the membrane and the egg and make them easier to peel.

I don't think a week is all that long. I routinely boil a dozen eggs on Sunday night and eat them throughout the week. By the next Sunday, I"m ready to boil another dozen.

The green tinge to the yolks is caused by a reaction between the iron in the yolks and the sulfur in the whites when the egg is overcooked. It's not bad for you .. it just looks funny.


WebRover 06-22-2008 03:39 AM

If you're boiling hard boiled eggs, the standard time is ten minutes. I noticed everyone was telling you 40 minutes was too long, but not giving you the right cooking time.

Annita 06-22-2008 03:53 AM

A week probably isn't long for a boiled egg, but it's a Month old. I probably just throw it away just because i'm not sure if it's worth to try...you know... a month =.='
btw, 40 minutes is TOO long. I boil my eggs for 10 minutes if i want them hard (thou usually i don't because i don't like that taste very much). I usually just boil egg for 5-7 minutes ^-^

Gale02 06-22-2008 06:01 AM

I don't know if it's because of where I live (over 7,000 feet), but if I boil eggs for only 5-7 minutes the yolks are still runny. Mine have to be boiled for 13-16 minutes to be hard boiled. That said, 40 minutes is a REALLY long time. Everyone else has adequately explained the green ring, it just happens when they get overcooked.

I'm curious, did you eat them?

ladybugnessa 06-22-2008 06:08 AM

i keep eggs for a week hard boiled. NOT a problem for me... but this is how I boil them:

put the raw eggs in a pot of cold water. put the pot on the stove to boil. watch it carefully when it comes to a hard boil I boil them for NINE (9) minutes. then I replace the boiling water in the pot with ICE and cold tap water.... perfect eggs.. no green ring, no rubber..

oh and older eggs (a week or so) peel better than brand new eggs...

PhotoChick 06-22-2008 10:16 AM


week probably isn't long for a boiled egg, but it's a Month old.
No, reread the post (it was a little confusing). The EGGS are a month old in the fridge before she boiled them. Then they've been boiled for a week.

Either of those things is fine. Eggs should keep for about 6 weeks in the fridge (sometimes longer) and boiled eggs should keep for a week just fine.


Kayhm0711 06-22-2008 10:40 AM

Borntofly- I have always been told to let your water boil and put your eggs in for just 3 minutes. You don't need them in there any longer if your water is boiling. The green means that you overcooked them. It won't hurt you to eat them but thats why they are green. My step dad is like an amzing cook he said 3 minutes is all it takes to get a perfect boiled egg

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