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9 Tips to Achieving the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
What is the perfect source of protein, fat, and many other nutrients that are so good for you; you could eat 12 of them every week and never feel guilty! It’s the incredible egg, of course!
Although it’s best the eat eggs poached or sunny side up (with those really runny yolks), sometimes you just can’t beat a hard-boiled egg for a quick, portable snack!
Every egg contains 6 grams of protein so these are a great way to easily add protein to just about any meal, even a salad. One of the problems with hard boiling eggs, however, is trying to get them just right. If you don’t cook them long enough, you have runny yolks or even uncooked whites. Overcook them, though, and the whites are really rubbery.
True, boiling an egg isn’t rocket science, but who wants rubbery, or half cooked eggs?
If you have ever wondered how to cook (and peel) the perfect hard-boiled egg, keep reading. We have 9 super tips that will make you the Queen (or King) of hard boiled eggs.
1. Older eggs work better
The fresher the egg, the more likely it is to stick to the peel. This is a great way to use up some eggs that are getting close to their expiration date. Don’t use extremely old eggs, however.
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2. Eggs can be either warm or cold
It really won’t matter if your eggs are cold from the frig or if you have let them sit on the counter for a few hours, either way it fine.
3. Boil the water first
Don’t put the eggs in the water until the water is already boiling. This is what will help to make an egg that’s easy to peel.
4. After boiling, turn down the flame
If you place the eggs in very rapidly boiling water, the eggs will cook from the outside in, and this is what causes that rubbery egg white. Put your eggs into the boiling water for only about 30 seconds, then lower the flame to just a simmer. Allow to cook for 11 minutes total time for hard boiled eggs. If you want soft boiled, cook for only 2 minutes. If you want a medium boiled egg, where the yolk is solid but not hard and crumbly, boil for 4.5 minutes.
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5. Try Steam Cooking
This is an even better way to cook eggs that works every time. Boil about ½ an inch of water in a pot, and then place your eggs on a steamer insert. This cooks eggs gently and there is no need to adjust the flame as you must do when boiling.
6. Don’t bake or pressure cook eggs
Using a pressure cooker means that your eggs will cook them faster but this is because it uses higher temperatures than boiling or steaming does. However, this method usually results in tough, rubbery egg whites. Baking eggs is oh so trendy, but these eggs are generally very difficult to peel, sometimes they take on an off color appearance, and the cooking times are unpredictable.
7. Dunk in ice water after cooking
After the timer goes off, shock your eggs by putting them in a pan or bowl of ice water. This will result in perfectly rounded egg bottoms.
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The cooler the egg is the more firm its structure is. This means it will be much easier to peel an egg when they are cold. If you are rushed for time, leave them in ice water for 15 minutes. If you can wait, let them sit in the fridge overnight before you peel them.
9. Peel them under running water
This is the final step in creating the perfect hard-boiled egg. Gently crack the egg all over its surface (not just on one end) then peel away the shell under cool running water. It’s as easy as that!
If you can’t spend much time paying attention to your eggs, try this method. Put the eggs in a pan of cold water, and as soon as the water is just about to boil, but not quite boiling hot, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the water for between 15 and 30 minutes. They won’t overcook and this way you don’t have to be a pot watcher.
Feel free to snack away, friends!
Sep 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm
I read months ago that you put enough water in the pot to cover the eggs, turn on high, when it boils well, shut off the heat, set timer to 10 minutes. When timer goes off, pour out the hot water and fill with cold water and some ice. Time for 10 more minutes to cool. Does 4 perfect eggs every time.