Is It Really Possible to Make an Inside-Out Hard-Boiled Egg?

published Jun 17, 2015
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We’re all familiar with hard-boiled eggs — a firm, cooked yolk enclosed by a soft yet solid white. But what if we were able to reverse that? Like, with the soft egg white at the center, surrounded by the yellow yolk? It sounds kind of crazy, but also kind of cool.

I saw this tip mentioned a while back, and had to try it out to see if it really works.

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The Original Tip

You’ll need a few supplies to make this happen. In addition to eggs, you’ll need a flashlight, some clear tape, a pair of stockings or tights, a twist-tie, a pot, and ice cubes.

Here’s why the tip is supposed to work: Since the egg yolk is more dense than the albumen, the two should separate when rapidly spun for enough time. The runny yolk will be pulled to the outer edge of the egg, while the albumen will be drawn to the center. And once cooked, it should produce an inside-out hard-boiled egg.

Though, if the egg hasn’t been spun for long enough, the yolk and albumen mix together, making a scrambled egg instead.

Read the tip & see the video → How to make an INSIDE OUT boiled egg

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The Testing Method

I ran this test four different times, following the steps exactly as they were outlined in the tip:

  • Check the color of the egg: I started by holding the egg up to a flashlight to check the inside color. It was light, as the tip said it would be. Noted.
  • Tape the egg: I wrapped the egg with clear tape. This proved a little tricker than expected since the tape did not want to stick to the egg.
  • Wrap egg in stockings: I put the egg in the middle of a pair of stockings, and tied a knot on each side to secure it tightly in place.
  • Spin the egg: I held each side of the stockings and spun the egg around for just a few minutes the first time, and five minutes after that.
  • Check the color of the egg again: I checked the color of the egg again, and it maybe appeared slightly darker than before, but it was hard to tell.
  • Cook the egg: I hard-boiled the egg, leaving the tape in place. And once the egg was cooked, I placed it in an ice bath.
  • Peel the egg: The tape easily fell off, then I peeled the egg and hoped for the best.
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The Results

Though slightly skeptical, I was really hopefully this tip would pay off. But one after the other, I peeled away the shell to find a standard hard-boiled egg, with the white on the outside and the yolk tucked away on the inside.

  • Round one: I spun the egg for just a few minutes, with moderate exertion.
  • Round two: I spun the egg for five minutes with moderate exertion.
  • Round three: Halfway through spinning, the egg hit my hand. It immediately broke, and egg white and yolk went flying in every direction.
  • Round four: I spun the egg for five minutes with high exertion.

I noticed that all the eggs were much harder to peel than hard-boiled eggs cooked using the standard method. While the yolks were perfectly cooked, the whites were very soft.

Verdict: This is not a mind-blowing tip!

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Final Notes

Of course even if this tip worked, it’s certainly not something I would do on a regular basis. While a novel idea, it’s a lot of work. From here on out I’m happy to stick with my standard method for cooking hard-boiled eggs.

→ Read more: How To Hard-Boil an Egg

Have you ever tried to make inside-out hard-boiled eggs? Were you successful?