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Eating Healthy : How To Hard Boil Eggs

Updated on April 4, 2013

Eggs are among the top eaten products in American. They pack outstanding nutrition, very low in calories and can be added to many different dishes. Typically, eggs are most used and eaten for breakfast. This usually consists of scrabbled or sunny-side-up eggs. A typical American breakfast is a variation of cooked eggs, buttered toast & bacon. Most people cook their eggs in butter, add salt & eat them along side bacon & buttered toast. If we look into the calories of that typical meal, you would be shocked how quickly they add up. Finding alternative ways to have eggs in your diet is a better choice then eating a meal high in salt, sugars and fat. A good way to make scrabbled eggs healthier is using virgin olive oil instead of butter. Raw butter is not bad for you but commercial grade butter, spreads and so on is not on par with being considered “healthy”. Aside from eating eggs raw, which I don't understand why people do that! - the healthiest form of eating an egg is to simply... Boil them.

How To Hard Boil Eggs (6 Steps)

1.) First & most obvious, you will need some eggs! Choose how many you would like to hard boil & then choose a pot that will properly hold them.

2.) You will want one that has a fitting lid. Take your pot & gently place eggs in one at a time. Then add COLD water to the pot, making sure all eggs are under water (having water be an inch over the eggs). Do not fill to the top!

3.) Place your pot on the stove top & turn the flames to high. Add some table salt to the water (just a few pinches). This will make the eggs easier to peel when they are fully cooked.

4.) Once the water has started to boil, turn off the heat and place a lid over the pot. Soon as you do this, begin timing your eggs.

5.) Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 9 to 15 minutes. (The time frame depends on the size of the egg - 9 for medium, 12 for large, 15 for extra large)

6.) Once they have been sitting for their allowed time to cook, remove them from the water & place them in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. Only leave them in the cold water for a few minutes then peal & enjoy!

And just for fun...

Hard boiled eggs make a healthy protein packed snack. Taking little steps like eating hard boiled eggs over fried ones will save you a good amount of calories each day & you can still enjoy the many minerals & nutrition found in the incredible, edible egg :)

  • Always store unused hard boiled eggs in the fridge!
  • To prevent cracking, only use cold water to bring to a boil.
  • Always watch the clock so they do not get over cooked.


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