How to – Perfect, Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

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We eat a lot of eggs around here. So much so that we are seriously considering buying our own little chicks and setting up a coop in our backyard.  I’ve heard they are fun to raise and believe that farm-fresh eggs are healthier and much more ethical.  Anyone out there have backyard chickens? Tips for us as we start our research? Please share!

In my opinion, eggs are the ultimate versatile food. You can literally have them for any meal and I think they are perfect for people trying to enjoy more meatless meals because they are so filling. I hard boil eggs often for salads, sandwiches, and simple snacks. I just love a sliced hard boiled egg with a sprinkling of fresh cracked salt and pepper or a drizzle of Sriracha.

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But I love my hard boiled eggs cooked well – no ugly green rings around the yolk, perfectly creamy yolks, and whole, intact glossy whites. Here’s the method I use to produce perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel. The key with hard boiled eggs is to follow this closely – fresh eggs, too much time boiling, or too little water can all cause less than perfect eggs.

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You will need: 

Eggs at room temp

*I always try to use eggs that I’ve had for about a week because fresh eggs are more difficult to peel. Ideally 7-10 days in the fridge before using for hard boiled eggs. If you try to cook really fresh eggs in this manner you will have difficulty peeling them regardless of what method you use.

Water

A deep sided pan/pot and a large bowl for the ice bath

Salt

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STEP 1 – PREP EGGS

Place the eggs in a pot with cold water that completely covers the eggs with an inch of extra water minimum. Do not start the eggs in boiling water, let them cook gradually in cold water.

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STEP 2 – SALT EGGS

Add one teaspoon salt to the water – this helps with peeling and does not impact taste.

STEP 3 – BOIL

Bring the water to a boil over high heat and let boil for one minute.

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STEP 4 – REST OFF HEAT

Remove the pot from the heat and cover it with a lid. Let rest off the heat for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the egg. A standard large-sized egg should take about 12 minutes, adjust accordingly if your egg is smaller or bigger.

STEP 5 – ICE BATH AND PEEL

Remove the eggs from the hot water with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water and ice cubes. Once cooled, about 5 minutes, crack in several spots and peel. Use the water from the bowl or the faucet to help you.

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How to – Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
 
Author: Q&DK
5 steps to perfect hard boiled eggs!
Ingredients
  • Eggs
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. STEP 1 – PREP EGGS
  2. Place the eggs in a pot with cold water that completely covers the eggs with an inch of extra water minimum. Do not start the eggs in boiling water, let them cook gradually in cold water.
  3. STEP 2 – SALT EGGS
  4. Add one teaspoon salt to the water – this helps with peeling and does not impact taste.
  5. STEP 3 – BOIL
  6. Bring the water to a boil over high heat and let boil for one minute.
  7. STEP 4 – REST OFF HEAT
  8. Remove the pot from the heat and cover it with a lid. Let rest off the heat for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the egg. A standard large sized egg should take about 12 minutes, adjust accordingly if your egg is smaller or bigger.
  9. STEP 5 – ICE BATH AND PEEL
  10. Remove the eggs from the hot water with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water and ice cubes. Once cooled, about 5 minutes, crack in several spots and peel. Use the water from the bowl or the faucet to help you.
 
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