I had an inkling of how my day would be yesterday right after I decided to eat my breakfast. Being uncharacteristically organized the day before, I had boiled a pot of eggs thinking it would be a good low-calorie alternative to my usual breakfast of cold pizza or leftovers. I poured a nice glass of orange juice, selected one of the eggs, tapped the shell on the kitchen counter to gently crack it open, and was promptly surprised by gooey egg snot dripping onto my hand.
Totally grossed out, I examined the egg quickly and saw that although it was not raw, it hadn’t cooked very well. I tossed the dripping egg into the trash and decided to do a google search to see if you could reboil eggs that hadn’t cooked all the way through the first time. I really hate to waste anything, and I usually cook about eight eggs at a time when I hard-boil them. I couldn’t figure out why this particular pot of eggs didn’t cook so well when I made them the exact same way I always do. I usually use large eggs (which these were), I bring them to a boil, put a lid on them and cook over low heat for about 25 minutes. This produces perfectly hard-boiled eggs–except for yesterday’s batch.
Several forums said that yes, indeed, you can reboil an egg. So I put the seven little survivors in a pan, covered them with water, and started cooking. About a half-hour later, my curiosity made me peel and try one.
The verdict — yes, you can reboil an egg. It will emerge with a hard yellow center. Just don’t expect to enjoy it. It had a very rubbery consistency. If I hadn’t eaten that sucker, I’ll bet I could have bounced it like a super ball.
I’m still not giving up. I’m going to chop up the remaining eggs into small rubbery pieces, and hope that I can make an acceptable egg salad.