Online Egg Timer / Hourglass Timer

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What does egg timer mean?

An egg timer is a simple timer used to count the egg cooking time. It typically takes the form of an hourglass, with sand that flows through a narrow opening from the top to the bottom chamber. The time it takes for all of the sand to flow through the opening is generally around three minutes, which is considered the ideal time for boiling an egg to the point of being "hard-boiled." Egg timers can also be digital devices that use a countdown timer to indicate when a certain amount of time has passed. In this case, the term "egg timer" is often used metaphorically to refer to any device or method used to measure the passage of time.

How long to boil an egg?

The egg boiling time depends on the size of the egg and the desired level of doneness. Here are some general guidelines for boiling eggs:

  • Soft-boiled eggs: 4-6 minutes
  • Medium-boiled eggs: 7-8 minutes
  • Hard-boiled eggs: 10-12 minutes

To boil an egg, place it in a saucepan and cover it with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the egg for the desired amount of time. To test if the egg is done, gently tap it on the countertop. If the shell cracks, the egg is probably overcooked. If the shell doesn't crack, carefully remove the egg from the water and place it in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. The eggs will continue to cook slightly while they cool, so it's best to undercook them if you're not sure slightly.

Who invented the egg timer?

The egg timer as we know it today (a device that uses sand to measure the passage of time) was first invented in the 18th or 19th century. Hourglass timers were used to measure short periods, and someone likely realized that the time it took for the sand to flow through the hourglass was roughly the same as the time it took to cook an egg to the point of being hard-boiled.
Using sand to measure time dates back to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and the Greeks. The oldest known hourglass is a Greek sandglass found in an ancient shipwreck and is thought to date back to the first century BC.
In more recent times, digital egg timers have become more common, with various devices and apps available on smartphones and other electronic devices.

How to use an egg timer?

To use the egg timer:

  • Set the desired time for the countdown by clicking on the "Set Time" button.
  • Once you have set the desired time, click the "Start" button to start the countdown.
  • The timer will begin counting down, and an alarm will sound when the time is up.
  • To pause the timer, click on the "Pause" button. To reset the timer to the original time, click on the "Reset" button.