I’ve always loved eating hard boiled eggs. When I was a kid, my mom would always make me a large batch each week to keep in the fridge for snacks or for breakfast. They are portable and delicious. What more could you ask for?
When I was younger, however, I didn’t really care for the yolk. I would pick it out and feed it to our dog Buster. Even when I started college, I still wouldn’t eat the yolk. (For which Buster was very grateful!) Now I realize it probably had a lot to do with how much the yolk was cooked.
The Beginning Attempts
When I was first married, hard boiled eggs were something I wanted to learn how to make right away. I would typically boil the eggs for 15 minutes because I was worried about making sure the yolk was fully cooked. I kept making hard boiled eggs the same way until just very recently.
I had read in a few different places about not over-cooking hard boiled eggs. I had made some half-hearted attempts at cooking them less, but I typically kept going back to my old habits. Besides, I had perfected my method so that I knew how to get them to peel easily and I didn’t want to mess that up. There’s nothing worse than a hard-to-peel hard boiled egg! (Okay, so there are lots of things that are worse, but it is annoying.)
New Success Making Hard Boiled Eggs
A little while ago I watched a video on Beyond the Peel about their 2 secrets to making hard boiled eggs. It made me decide to take the plunge and change my method. I don’t follow their directions exactly, but I have reduced my cooking time and it’s made a huge difference!
There’s no more grey ring around the yolk of my eggs. Did you know that means you’ve cooked them too long?! The yolks aren’t crumbly, but moist and extremely delicious. I had learned to eat the yolks as an adult, but now I truly enjoy them!
I’m so excited to share my perfected method with you! If you follow my steps below, I’m sure you’ll find them just as easy to make as I do now. Let me know how it turns out for you!
1. Fill a pot with pastured eggs.
The number of eggs will depend on the size of the pot. I can fit eleven in my larger pot with a little room for them to move around. If I use my medium pot, I put in seven eggs.
2. Cover the eggs with water.
I fill it until they are just barely covered. Turn on high and bring to a boil. Your pot should be uncovered at this point.
3. Boil for 2 minutes.
And only 2 minutes! I know you’re going to want to let them go longer, but trust me, it will work. Once the two minutes are up, turn off the burner, cover the pot with a lid, and leave on the hot burner.
4. Cover for 8 minutes.
Just let the eggs sit there in the hot water. While you’re waiting for them to finish, fill a large bowl with ice cubes and water. This is going to make them easy to peel.
5. Put eggs in ice water bath.
With a slotted spoon, remove the eggs from the pot and set carefully in the ice water. Allow them to cool for ten minutes.
6. Peel with ease.
Peel the eggs immediately. Gently crack the shell a few times and slide your finger just under it so that you can remove the peel easily. Rinse off any bits of shell that may have stuck to the eggs.
7. Enjoy your perfect hard boiled egg!
The insides should be cooked, but still a bit moist. This is quite the improvement over dry, crumbly yolks that aren’t very tasty. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do now! Store the peeled eggs (the ones that you haven’t devoured!) in the refrigerator.
What are your tips for making hard boiled eggs? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
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