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How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

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Making perfect hard-boiled eggs is easier than you might think!

Making perfect hard-boiled eggs is easier than you might think!

Easy-to-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a great choice for those looking for a well-balanced healthy diet. Although eggs are a source of cholesterol, it is the good kind of cholesterol, which is called high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. HDL helps remove the bad cholesterol from your bloodstream, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hard-boiling eggs make a great addition to your diet because they can be eaten without a lot of unhealthy fats added and still taste great.

Often the worst part of hard-boiled eggs is peeling them. With the method I describe below, the peel will come off easily, and the center will be a perfect even yellow. Here is my step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Place a single layer of eggs at the bottom of a large pot.
  2. Fill the pot with water one inch above the top of the eggs. If you use cold water, raise the temperature slowly, which will prevent the eggs from cracking. If you are more patient, let the eggs come to room temperature before covering them with water to eliminate cracking due to a rapid temperature change.
  3. Add vinegar to prevent the eggs from becoming discolored. This will not change the taste of the eggs.
  4. Bring the water to a rolling boil. If you have a gas stove, let it boil for 1 minute. If you have an electric stove, turn off the heat as soon as the water comes to a boil (there will be enough residual heat to let it simmer for another minute).
  5. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let eggs sit in the water for at least 12 minutes. It's nearly impossible to overcook the eggs using this method.
  6. Either drain the water or remove eggs using a slotted spoon. If you need them to cool quickly, add cold water to the hot water until the eggs are cool enough to touch. Be careful not to cool them too quickly; otherwise, they will crack.

How Long Should I Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs?

The biggest trick to cooking it right is knowing how long to cook a hard-boiled egg. You want to be careful about overcooking, as well as undercooking.

When the egg is overcooked, the outside of the yolk will turn a dark green color. Some people claim this leaves a sulfuric taste, although most people do not taste this difference. What overcooking does is take away the value of the protein found in the egg. This method is excellent because it's nearly impossible to overcook using it.

One easy tip to see if your hard-boiled egg is perfect is to take it out of the water if it dries in 5 seconds or less. It is perfection! Another more fun approach is to spin it on the counter. If it spins like a top, then you know it is done. If it "wobbles like a weeble," it is not done. Uncooked eggs will weeble and wobble. Who knew! If you are unsure if it is weebling, then press your fingers lightly on the top while it is spinning. If it continues to turn when you release, then you know it is not yet done.

10 Best Ways to Eat Hard-Boiled Eggs

  1. Make deviled eggs.
  2. Make egg salad sandwiches.
  3. Dip in salt and/or pepper and eat plain.
  4. Pour a little soy sauce over the egg.
  5. Mash them with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Eggshells are good for the garden, something about the calcium in the shell.
  7. Feed them to your cat; it makes their coat silky.
  8. Use as a topping for your salad.
  9. Pickle them for later eating.
  10. Dip in hot sauce.

10 Benefits of Eating Eggs

  1. Eating eggs raises your good cholesterol.
  2. Eggs are a good source of protein.
  3. They are beneficial for the eyes and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
  4. It contains choline, which helps the cardiovascular system, nervous system, and brain.
  5. It is one of the few foods that contain natural Vitamin D, which strengthens bones by increasing the ability to absorb calcium.
  6. A study showed that women who digested at least six eggs a week were less likely to develop breast cancer.
  7. It promotes healthy hair and nails.
  8. Vitamin A helps the health of your skin and growth.
  9. There are so many different ways to eat them.
  10. They are yummy.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz