Tip: Making Hard Boiled Eggs

Boiled Eggs

I love to keep hard boiled eggs in my refrigerator. They’re great for a quick breakfast on the go or a mid-day protein snack. They also pack up easily in a picnic basket.

Hard boiled eggs are really easy to make. Just put your eggs in a saucepan and fill it with water until the eggs are covered. Please make sure you are not using any eggs that have cracks else the egg will seep through the shell and cook in the water.

Ok, now turn the heat on high and let the water come to a heavy or rapid boil. Once the water boils, shut the heat off and cover your pot. Now let the eggs sit for 15 minutes on the burner in the covered pot.

After 15 minutes have passed, I like to remove my eggs from the pot with a pair of tongs since they are pretty hot to handle. Put your eggs in a strainer or a collander in the sink and run them under cold water for 5 minutes. Some folks like to drain the pot of the water and then run the cold water over the eggs in the same pot. I don’t like doing that because the pot is still hot and it takes a little longer to cool the eggs. Whichever method you prefer is fine. And that’s all there is to making hard boiled eggs!

Now there is another way of making them. There’s a handy little appliance called an egg maker. They don’t take up much pantry room and are pretty inexpensive. I paid $7 for mine about 3 years ago and have been making perfect egges ever since. Mine holds 7 eggs at a time & also allows me to make soft boiled, medium boiled &poached eggs, so it’s quite versatile. If you don’t have one of these, the old fashioned way on the stove will work just fine.

When the eggs are cooled you can then peel them. Crack them gently on the counter and start peeling. One thing you should know about hard boiled eggs is the fresher they are, the harder they will be to peel off the skin.

One last tip before I go. I like to mark my hard boiled eggs with a “X” on them so I can tell the difference between them and uncooked eggs. But if you don’t care to mark up your eggs, another way to tell would be to spin one on the counter. A cooked egg will spin very fast.


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