The 'Correct' Amount Of Time To Boil An Egg, According To Statistical Data

Hard-boiled eggs are incredibly good for your health. According to Healthline, they are a great source of protein and have several nutrients, such as zinc, calcium, B vitamins — "[t]hey're a particularly good source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin B12" — and antioxidants. Also, they're a good snack option to opt for when you need something that's low on calories but filling at the same time. Hard-boiled eggs also affordable and easy to find. According to Money Inc, this snack is incredibly useful when for anyone looking for a quick energy boost who does not want to spend too much time prepping.

If you are looking to prepare the perfect hard-boiled eggs, however, you are probably wondering which approach will garner the best results. As one Redditor writes, "The main thing about hard boiling an egg is to make sure you don't get that crumbly, sulfurous green yolk that happens when you overcook it." Relatable? Well, a statistician has discovered a solution that may help (via The Sun).

How long should you really boil an egg?

A statistician, Dr. James Hind from Nottingham University took it upon himself to find out ways to achieve perfect hard-boiled eggs every single time. According to The Sun, he worked in collaboration with British Lion Eggs and conducted a survey that involved as many as 1,500 participants. Hind did find his answer, as the data revealed that the sweet spot for boiling eggs is precisely 4 minutes and 25 seconds. Yep.

Hind adds that one handy trick is to ensure that you boil water beforehand to control the temperature of the water before you add the eggs to the pot. Once you are done with that, the next step is to submerge the eggs in cold water for 57 seconds. Hind said, "Overwhelmingly, we like our eggs to be runny, but not the whites. Hopefully my formula will allow people to perfect and enjoy the ultimate comfort food."