Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Hi Readers!

Easter is coming up this weekend! I adore holidays. Being that I'm from the South, we especially have plenty of amazing food Easter weekend. I wanted to post this recipe in light of this weekend, since I'm sure a lot of people will be making hard boiled eggs. Hard Boiled eggs are one of those tricky things. They're a great whole-food-snack to take with you on the run, but they're sometimes hard to get right when making them and even harder to peel. I've found two tricks that make cooking them and peeling them so easy! I can't believe I used to stand over the sink picking piece by piece, when now I can peel the whole shell off in one try! Gone are the days of egg cookers and egg timers. This is so easy!

/ I've heard from some that it's best to use older eggs. I've never found any difference when making them with this method. They come out great and are easy to peel whether they're fresh from the Farmer's Market (like I talked about in my yesterday's post) or older. / 

Cooking the Eggs:  

-Gently put your eggs in the bottom of a pot. Cover the eggs with filtered water about 1-2 inches above the egg. 
-Salt your water with about 1 TBSP of salt. / This will not affect the taste. However, salting the water solidifies proteins in the eggs and makes them easier to peel without breaking /
-Bring the water to a boil. 
-When it comes to a boil, cover the pot and take it off of the stove. 
-Let it sit for exactly 13 minutes and make sure to set a timer so you don't forget. Sometimes I forget to set the timer and they come out a little more well done than I would like, such as the picture below. 
 / Also, a minute or two more or less depending on your specific preference for softer or harder boiled eggs. /
-After they have sat for 13 minutes, plunge them in a bowl filled with ice and water and let them sit in the bowl for at least 5 minutes. / If you do not end up eating them right away, it is best to keep them in the fridge and then make another ice bath for them to sit in for five minutes right before you peel them. The colder you get the eggs, the easier to peel they will be. /

Peeling the Eggs: 

-Dry off the eggs and tap them all over with the back of a spoon, gently cracking the shell. 

-Find a little opening where the egg is cracked and begin to wiggle your spoon inside of the shell in between it and the egg, loosening the "skin." Keep moving the spoon all around the shell until the shell has made it's way off of the egg. 

-The shell will come off so easily that for me it even comes off in one whole piece. 

Y'all, this really is the easiest way by far to boil and peel an egg! What is your favorite way to eat hard boiled eggs? I send them to work with Ben as a snack. Sometimes, I also eat them with my collard greens like a good southern girl-- also the way my grandmother does it every time. One of my favorite ways to eat them is with homemade mayonnaise and smoked paprika.

Another way you can store these is in Mason Jars. As I've talked about in this post here and this other post here, mason jars are lifesavers when it comes to saving food and making them last the longest! I would just put two eggs in little mason jars to take with me on the go and it's a great snack to have! 

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