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Smiling_Sara
06-21-2008, 02:00 PM
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.

Thanks!


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!

-Aimee

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.

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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.

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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

SuchAPrettyFace
06-22-2008, 01:58 PM
I want to agree with everything PhotoChick has posted in this thread, as it is the same as what I would have posted myself! :)

djay
06-22-2008, 03:07 PM
"I like green eggs and ham! I do I like them Sam I Am!"
lol

Eves
06-22-2008, 03:25 PM
I know certain Sephardic Jews would boil eggs for two days until the white turned brown. Supposedly it has a butter like consistency. All of my eggs break by hour 1, so I haven't tried this.

JayEll
06-22-2008, 04:13 PM
I have always been told to let your water boil and put your eggs in for just 3 minutes.

Hmmm... I don't think so. Those eggs would be runny. For soft boiled eggs, I boil them for 6-1/2 minutes.
:chin:

Jay

PhotoChick
06-22-2008, 05:43 PM
I've never heard of boiling an egg for 2 days. I'll have to ask some Jewish friends about that. Sounds kinda yucky ... but what do I know! :)

I do know that tea-eggs are twice boiled - once until hard and then again in dark tea until they absorb the flavor and color of the tea. You get the same grayish green ring around the yolks in those eggs, too, but they're yummy.

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ladybugnessa
06-22-2008, 08:10 PM
Hmmm... I don't think so. Those eggs would be runny. For soft boiled eggs, I boil them for 6-1/2 minutes.
:chin:

Jay

i'll do a soft boiled egg for 3 minutes...

kaplods
06-22-2008, 08:17 PM
I made tea eggs, and the recipe called for the boiled eggs to rolled to crack the shells and then resimmered on low for 3 HOURS. I didn't like the taste or texture.

But then I tastes "sweet meat" a simmered pork dish. It's a Hmong recipe and eggs are boiled with the pieces of pork in a seasoned broth. The eggs are simmered with the meat, so an hour or more, and they were really good as they picked up the flavor of the lemon grass and galangal (like ginger) in the broth.

fiberlover
06-22-2008, 10:08 PM
I made tea eggs, and the recipe called for the boiled eggs to rolled to crack the shells and then resimmered on low for 3 HOURS. I didn't like the taste or texture.

But then I tastes "sweet meat" a simmered pork dish. It's a Hmong recipe and eggs are boiled with the pieces of pork in a seasoned broth. The eggs are simmered with the meat, so an hour or more, and they were really good as they picked up the flavor of the lemon grass and galangal (like ginger) in the broth.

You're making me hungry!!

xxxtine
06-23-2008, 10:53 AM
I couldn't eat "tea" eggs. I have something else but I have to reply with this first to put me over

xxxtine
06-23-2008, 10:53 AM
Hurray! Now I am at 25 so I can give you this...

Here's some help!

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