How Long Should You Boil

"Boiling Times on food!"

Ever wondered how long should you boil certain foods? are the answers!

When food is boiled it cooks but somtimes we make the mistake and don't boil it long enough. Or...we boil it for too long and it turns out soggy!

Raw food needs to be cooked for a certain amount of time and at a certain temperature to make it safe to eat.

Bacteria needs to be killed to prevent food poisoning. By boiling food it not only cooks it but kills any bacteria.

Boiling water Safe Water

Many people think you need to boil water for at least 10 minutes before its safe to drink.

Recent studies show this isn't true. All bacteria are killed before water reaches boiling point.

Water needs to be at 70 degrees for 30 minutes to kill all bacteria.

Water at 85 degrees kills all bacteria within a few minutes. So by the time water reaches boiling point (100 degrees) all bacteria is killed and is safe to use.

boiled eggs Boiling Eggs

When boiling eggs, always put them in boiling water.

Never place eggs in cool water and bring to a boil.

When preparing soft eggs, boil for 3 - 4 minutes. For hard boiled eggs, boil for 6 - 7 minutes.

A useful tip, pour vinegar in the water to prevent the eggs from cracking. The vinegar holds the shells together.

boiling chicken Chicken

The boiling times mentioned here are to fully cook chicken.

When pre-cooking your chicken, the boiling times are a lot less as you are just pre-cooking!

Chicken breasts need to be boiled for an hour before they get tender. Boneless breasts will take 45 minutes to be fully cooked.

A whole chicken needs to be boiled for 2 - 3 hours to be cooked properly. (depending on the size!)

boiling corn Corn on the Cob

Let water reach boiling point. Small sized corn ears need to boil for 10 minutes.

Larger sized corn ears need to be boiled for 12 - 15 minutes.

Corn off the cob cooks a lot quicker, boil for 4 - 5 minutes to get them soft enough to eat. When boiling corn add a pinch of salt to flavour.