Can you boil a cracked egg? (3 Rules to Follow)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you boil a cracked egg? We will discuss if we can boil a cracked egg and how to do so safely. We will also discuss the health risk and standard operating procedures for handling cracked eggs. 

Can you boil a cracked egg?

You can boil a cracked egg. Some of the egg white would escape from the crack and create a mess. The leaked egg white causes a froth to come out of the egg. 

Before you proceed to cook a cracked egg, you need to know that it can be potentially harmful to your health. A cracked egg is susceptible to harmful bacteria. If the egg has been cracked for more than a day or if you are unsure for how long it has been cracked, it is best to throw the egg out. 

If the egg cracked at the farm or even when it was left with the rest of the eggs, it is likely to be contaminated with Salmonella. The purpose of the eggshell is to protect the contents inside and a cracked eggshell means that harmful bacteria could be inside. 

If the thin membrane that covers the egg is just outside the hard shell, remains intact then the egg is most probably safe. The membrane has an important role in protecting the egg from contamination. 

What happens if you boil a  cracked egg?

If the crack is large enough, all the contents would spill outside of the egg and make a mess. That is just the egg being wasted, deeming the egg useless if you boil. In such an instance, it is best to resort to other cooking means such as scrambling, frying, or making an omelet. 

If you accidentally crack the egg, then you can ensure that it is safe by your hands. Just store it carefully and cook it as soon as you can.

If you are adamant about boiling your cracked egg, make sure to cook it for 15 minutes to let it hard-boil and kill Salmonella bacteria. 

Make sure to handle and store eggs carefully to prevent them from cracking accidentally. Store in a cardboard foam carton, cushioned boxes, or an egg keeper. 

How to boil a cracked egg?

  1. To boil a cracked egg, hold the egg gently to prevent the crack from spreading further. 
  1. Fill your pot halfway with cold water and bring it to a boil.
  1. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  1. Take your egg and some vinegar or lemon juice and rub it on the cracked part of the egg. Take a torchlight to guide you in locating the crack. Alternatively, you could spill some vinegar generously on the egg, making it cover a larger surface. 

The acid in vinegar and lemon juice would help to kill salmonella or other bacteria that might have intruded inside.

  1. Pick your egg gently and put it in the boiling water gently sinking it inside the water. 
  1. Bring the pot of water with the egg inside to a boil.
  1. Turn the stove off immediately after it comes to a boil.
  1. Let the hot water cook the egg by putting a tight lid on and letting it sit for 25 to 20 minutes in the hot water. 
  1. Take the egg out of the water and cool it under running tap water and peel it before you serve. 

How to handle a cracked egg?

If you crack the egg accidentally, then you need to be sure to make it safe before you cook and eat it.

As soon as you reach home, take the cracked egg out and break and pour it into a clean and sanitized jar or container. 

  • Take a lid and make sure it is air-tight. 
  • Store the jar in the refrigerator for up to two days and use it as soon as possible. 
  • When you cook make sure it reaches a temperature of 160 Fahrenheit.

How to prevent an egg from cracking when you boil?

When you hard boil an egg, the build-up air pressure causes the egg to crack. The air cell expands and cracks.

You can witness the accumulation of pressure if you spot air bubbles on the contact surface of the egg and water. 

The cracking is often a result of temperature shock. When you take the egg out of the fridge, let it warm before you boil it. When you subject a cold egg to a high temperature, a pressure gradient forms.

Other FAQs about Eggs that you may be interested in.

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Can you eat old eggs?

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In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you boil a cracked egg? We discussed if can boil a cracked egg and how to do so safely. We also discussed the health risk and standard operating procedures for handling cracked eggs. 


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