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Secrets for Making Hard Boiled Eggs

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Peg Cole is a self-taught cook who shares favorite recipes and methods of cooking and baking.

It's easy to make boiled eggs come out great every time you cook them.

It's easy to make boiled eggs come out great every time you cook them.

Good for any Meal

Making a perfectly cooked boiled egg is simple if you follow a few basics that make them perfect every time. The most important thing to remember is to not boil the eggs for too long. That turns them tough, rubbery, and gives them a green tinge around the yolk.

In school, the home economics teacher said that hard boiled eggs should really be called soft-cooked eggs. Why? Because there's no reason to boil them. The water needs to boil, but once it reaches a boiling point, it's important to remove the pan from the heat. After the water comes to a slow, rolling boil, set the pan aside, cover it with a lid and set a timer for 10 minutes. That's about it.

Eggs are among the most versatile of foods. They're used in cakes, pies, salads, sauces, meatloaves, baked goods, pancakes, sandwiches, whether a main dish, or as a side for any meal. One of my favorite ways to serve them is hard boiled.

How to Boil Eggs

  1. Start by adding two to three inches of water to a heavy duty sauce pan.
  2. Add the desired number of eggs to the tepid water allowing enough water to cover the eggs completely.
  3. Bring the water to boil using medium heat. Raising the temperature too quickly will cause the eggs to bounce and crack.
  4. Once the water begins to boil, turn off the heat.
  5. Cover the pan with a snug fitting lid and set a timer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the eggs from the hot water with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl covered in cold water.
  7. To speed the cooling process, add ice to the water covering the eggs.
  8. Tap the the large end of the egg on a hard surface such as the side wall of the sink or the countertop.
  9. Continue tapping the egg until the shell is cracked all around and on both ends.
  10. Roll the cracked shell between your palms gently and remove the shell, starting with the large end first
Cooling the egg quickly in an ice bath helps them peel easier.

Cooling the egg quickly in an ice bath helps them peel easier.

Secrets to Peeling an Egg

The secret to peeling boiled eggs is to use a slotted spoon to remove them from the boiling water. To cool the eggs quickly, place the hot eggs into a small bowl and add some water and a few ice cubes as they cool. Immediately submerging the eggs in cold water really helps separate the membrane from the shell and makes peeling them easier.

Lightly tap the cooled egg on a firm surface like the inside edge of the kitchen sink. Once you've cracked the shell all the way around, roll the egg gently between your palms. Begin peeling the egg at the large end.

Crack the shell by tapping all the way around and rolling it between your palms.

Crack the shell by tapping all the way around and rolling it between your palms.

A warm, soft-boiled egg right out of the shell is delicious sprinkled with a little salt and pepper. Or leave them in the ice water to get nice and cold, then serve them any way you like.

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Cooled, peeled boiled eggs

Cooled, peeled boiled eggs

Easy Deviled Eggs

  1. Start by cutting the boiled eggs in half.
  2. Bend the eggs slightly away from the yolk and pop the cooked center out into a small bowl.
  3. Blend the yolks together by mashing them with a fork.
  4. Add salt, pepper, mayonnaise, a dab of mustard, and about a tablespoon of pickle relish.
  5. Combine the ingredients well.
  6. Refill the egg cups using two small spoons, one to scoop up a small amount of the mixture and the other one to scoot it off the spoon into the egg white.
  7. Sprinkle with a dash of paprika, if desired.

Refilling the Egg Whites

Sometimes I fill a small baggie with the egg mixture and cut a small hole across a corner. This makes it easy to squeeze the yolk mixture out into the egg shells without making a mess. Chill the prepared eggs until ready to serve. This recipe is a big hit at family gatherings or social events like watching sports on television. It makes a great snack for when the kids come home from school, too.

Make a batch of these and watch them disappear.

Using Grandma's vintage deviled egg plate makes it look fancy.

Using Grandma's vintage deviled egg plate makes it look fancy.

Egg Salad

Keep a few boiled eggs in the refrigerator ready to make into egg salad for a quick lunch sandwich. Just peel them, cut them into small pieces, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then, add a small amount of mayonnaise and a bit of sweet pickle relish.

Sandwiches made with egg salad on toasted whole wheat or rye make a great entree for a quick lunch meal. These used to be served at the lunch counter in the dime stores. Paired with a vanilla or chocolate milkshake, it will fill you up.

The Value of Eggs

When you consider the price of eggs, they rank among the most economical values of food. Eggs are easy to cook, they're high in protein and can be cooked a number of different ways. A dozen eggs will feed a family of four for well under three dollars. If you raise your own chickens, the cost is even lower.

Scrambled, fried, poached, over some corned beef hash, in cakes and pies or stand-alone, the egg is delicious however you cook it.

© 2013 Peg Cole

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