Why You Should Never Cook a Hard Boiled Egg

Thinking of finishing off a soft-boiled egg in the microwave? Or quickly reheat a hard-boiled egg because it’s too cold? Don’t do this if you don’t want an insanely hot egg on your face.

The video above,from youtuber infrared213 , demonstrates what happens to a superheated hard-boiled egg, so you don’t have to find out for yourself. At about 38 seconds, the gentleman barely pushes the egg, and it explodes with a force of 10,000 kokodedu. Let’s see again:

So what’s going on here? How does a seemingly harmless egg turn into something that should not be allowed on a plane? A new study by scientists Anthony Nash and Lauren von Blon , presented by the American Acoustic Society, may provide an answer. The New York Times reports that researchers studied the phenomenon after a restaurant diner claimed burns and hearing damage from a reheated hard-boiled egg that exploded on his face. To test this, they cooked about 100 eggs in the microwave to see if the exploding egg could actually be loud enough to cause hearing damage. Their data shows that this is not the case, but they found out why the explosions happened at all.

The egg yolks they tested were hotter than 212 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to boil water ( overheated things are dangerous, people ). When the egg is cooked inside the shell, tiny pockets of water form all over the place. Then, if the yolk is heated, it heats up the pockets of water. But because the water in the sink is under pressure, it won’t boil unless something upsets that delicate balance. If the egg cracks at all, boom. Bits of hot eggs are flying all over the place and can definitely cause burns. So just don’t do it, okay?


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