Wednesday, May 11, 2011

how to... hard boil eggs

*edit:  i just learned this from my friend alison-  to determine if an egg is fresh (or on the older side), fill a glass bowl full of water. if the egg sinks and lays horizontally, it is fresh. if it stands vertical, still touching the bottom, it is typically prime for cooking/baking.  if the egg floats, it is old. this is because there is an air pocket which expands as the egg ages.

this is some great information!  thanks for sharing, alison!

start by adding 6 eggs to a saucepan and covering with cold water

place pan uncovered on high heat and bring just to a rolling boil

remove from heat, cover, and let stand 17 minutes

when the time is up, transfer the eggs to a bowl of icewater

bring the water back to a boil, and transfer the eggs back in

after boiling for 10 seconds, move them back to the icewater

leave in icewater for at least 5 minutes

to peel the eggs, strike firmly against a hard surface, until the shell cracks

rotate the egg little by little, while continuing to tap it against the countertop

eventually the shell will start coming off itself

with a quick swipe of my thumb, i was able to remove the entire shell

that was the point of moving the eggs from the hot to icewater twice.
the different temperatures expand and contract the shell from the egg, making it easier to peel.
i've also heard this method helps prevent the ugly dark circle from forming around the yolk.

rinse your eggs to make sure all shell pieces have been removed
slice  as desired and serve

stay tuned tomorrow
i'll show you how to make deviled eggs!

hard boiled eggs.

6 eggs (old eggs work better than fresh)

place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water
place on high heat and bring just to a rolling boil, uncovered
remove from heat, cover, and let stand 17 minutes
using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a bowl of icewater
bring saucepan water back to a boil
transfer eggs to boiling water, bring to a rolling boil for 10 sec
transfer back to icewater and let sit for at least 5 minutes

1 comment:

  1. I just followed these instructions and I have the prettiest deviled eggs ever!