If a friend happens to stop by my house unexpectedly, 90% of the time I start of with the sentence, “Come on in! Sorry, it might smell a little funny because we just cooked eggs.”
We eat a LOT of eggs in our house. My current favorite lunch is an egg white omelet. My husband is always boiling eggs to have hard boiled eggs on hand for healthy muscle building protein snacks. Right now we have over three dozen eggs in our fridge and that’s after I came out of the shower yesterday to find my 20-month old egg washing our leather couches and wood floors with a dozen. So I guess you could say we are pros at hard boiling eggs now.
My husband asked, “So you can really do a whole post on boiling eggs?”
I reminded him that very year around Easter we end up googling how to make the perfect hard boiled egg. Over time we learned the tricks to perfectly boiled eggs.
1) Start off with placing your eggs in a pot in a single layer and covering them with cold water about an inch above the eggs.
2) Turn the heat up to medium high and once water starts to bubble add some salt to the pot.
3) Bring water to a rolling boil. If your heat is too high, you will get some violent boiling and end up with egg casualties like this.
This is a good rolling boil.
5) Once water comes to a rolling boil, place the lid on and turn off the heat.
6) Let eggs sit for 12-13 minutes making sure to not open the lid or all of the heat will escape. Make sure not to start your timer until right when you turn off the heat.
7) When the time is up remove eggs from pot and rinse in cold water or place in an ice bath to stop the eggs from continuing to cook.
8) Label your eggs so that your family knows which ones are hard boiled and which ones are not. OR you can use my husband’s trick of spinning the egg really hard on a flat surface. If the egg is hard boiled it will spin standing up like this one below and if it’s not hard boiled it will spin horizontally.
Have a hard time peeling your eggs? Over time we have learned that the fresher the egg the harder it is to peel. If you can, don’t make your hard boiled eggs the same day you buy them. You would think that the fresher the egg the better, but that’s not actually the case. Eggs that are a week old work best but of course make sure they are not past the expiration date. Some people say that if you add baking soda to the water it makes them peel easier…we have that baking soda does not affect it at all. The only factor in easy peeling eggs is the freshness of the eggs. If you are using the hard boiled eggs right away, it also is easier to peel them under cold running water right after they have boiled.