Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hard Boiled eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs

I wrote this tutorial for another group, but thought since deviled eggs regularly show up at family reunions, picnics and other summer events that it might be nice to show you how to get really great looking hard boiled, peeled eggs.

I'm sure at one point or another, we all are going to make hard boiled eggs. I've had a hate hate relationship with boiling eggs. I never could get the shells off. The eggs would end up looking like I put them through a garbage disposal! I even went so far as to buy my eggs already boiled & peeled from the grocery store. That's expensive, but I thought that my sanity was worth it.

Awhile back someone posted a video on how to hard boil eggs. I watched the video and boiled eggs according to the video. I think I may have posted that video here on my blog. I haven't bought another store bought boiled egg again!

The best eggs to use are always going to be those that aren't brand new, but using this method even brand new eggs are easier to peel. After I peel the eggs, I put them in gladware container with a paper towel on the bottom to absorb the moisture. The eggs keep for a week or more this way.

Here's a picture tutorial on how I make easy to peel, great tasting, hard boiled eggs.

Pick a nice deep pan, add eggs, and put in more than enough water to cover the eggs. Set on stove, turn heat to high.

When the water comes to a boil...

Set your timer and let the eggs boil for 3 minutes.

When the timer dings - Turn off the heat (don't move the pan) - set your timer for 10 minutes and just let the eggs sit.

While you're waiting...fill up a pan with ice cubes and then, this is the important step...put in a few Tablespoons of Baking Soda.
(I used a 1/4c)

Then add water to your pan of ice and baking soda.

When the timer goes off, drain the hot water from the hot pan and dump the eggs into the ice water mixture. Let sit for awhile.

Sometimes I let them sit for just 5 minutes and sometimes I forget and come back after 30 minutes. Give them at least 5 minutes.

Take an egg out of the ice water and roll it on the counter to crack the shell all over. The shell should literally fall off the egg with very little assistance from you. You just need to get it started.

These are the eggs I peeled (minus the few I ate for my lunch) from that batch I photographed. Aren't they beautiful?!! Good enough to eat!


Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Great tutorial. I was leaving mine cooking for much of the time. THX!

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh wow - - - and I DO love hard boiled eggs, so this is a good trick to know

Kirby3131 said...

I rarely ate hard boiled eggs because I hated peeling them and losing most of the whites. This is an awesome way to make HB eggs.

Leigh and Keetha - I hope you find this helpful!

Mrs4444 said...

Okay, now I have to go make some eggs. THANKS! :)

Just Breathe said...

Thanks for the directions. I am looking forward to trying this because I always have problems with peeling them.

Loria said...

So, baking powder is the key for "easy to peel" eggs. I volunteered to bring deviled eggs to a party one time and they wouldn't peel. They looked hilarious. I probably shouldn't have taken them but I was in my early 20's then and thought "WHATEVER" LOL