Monday, March 05, 2012

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

I've recently rediscovered hard boiled egg whites a few months ago. I do not remember enjoying them as a kid and it was not until they've appeared in a few salads that I realized - maybe they are delicious. I do have one issue, however, I do not like the yolks. 

After consulting a few recipe guides, I now know how to make the absolutely perfect hard boiled egg. Not only is the center yolk perfectly intact but my eggs peel very easily.

You'll need eggs (older eggs that have been kept in the refrigerator do better), slotted spoon, bowl, ice, and a little salt.

I put six eggs in a pan, with enough cool water to cover the eggs. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to the water.

I brought the eggs to a slow boil.


I then turned the burner off, but left the pot on the burner. I covered the pot with a lid and set the timer for 12 minutes. 


While I was waiting for the timer, I added ice cubes and cold water to a bowl.


After the timer went off, I used my slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the hot water and into the ice water. 

Then I added more cold water to the bowl and let the eggs cool off (takes about 15 minutes).


After the eggs are cool, I took my pot and added about 1/2 inch of cold water. I put my eggs back in the pot, covered it with the lid and shook the eggs until I did not hear them clinking anymore (about 10 seconds or so).



The egg shells break apart and the eggs become very easy to peel. Usually, I'd peel with two hands and the shells just seem to come apart, but I just used one hand and it was a little more difficult. But you can see, it still shells fairly well. (When using two hands, the other eggs peeled very easily.)



I just peel the eggs and leave the shells in the pan. Egg shells are bad for your garbage disposal and most likely can be composted in your area. 


The final product (the one egg I peeled with one hand has a few dimples).


Here is the inside of the egg, with the yolk intact. 


And the yolk, perfectly boiled.


The peeled eggs will last about five days in your refrigerator. Hard boiled eggs make a great snack, they only have about 78 calories, and are full of vitamins and protein

Now, what do I do with all of these yolks that I do not eat?

2 comments:

Stevie said...

I thought I had figured out how to make perfectly hard boiled eggs, but this is way better (mine never shell that easily).

Also, I had no idea the shells were bad for the disposal. My dad claims to be the "disposal master" and always puts his shells in. Thanks for the tip!

elise said...

I think it's the membrane that hurt the garbage disposal more than the shell. I also have a crappy apartment disposal, so who knows.

In the summer, I actually crush the eggshells and put them in my plant soil. Apparently it's good for birds, too (but they have to be cooked egg shells - you can microwave raw shells to kill the bacteria).