How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs often get a bad rap due to a study years ago about cholesterol, although that is only half the story. Eggs are a source of cholesterol, but it is the good kind that helps us maintain healthy lifestyles. Sometimes the way you cook it may be worse than the egg itself. That is why it is good to know how to prepare a hard-boiled egg because there is no added fat and salt is optional. I may not be able to make jello, and am just getting the hang of toast, but I never overcook an egg, the peel comes off with ease, and the yoke is a perfect yellow color without the yucky green stuff! Here is my step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg.
- Place a single layer of eggs at the bottom of a large pot.
- Fill with water one inch above the top of the eggs. If you use cold water, raise the temperature slowly, which will prevent the eggs from cracking. If you are more patient, let the eggs come to room temperature before covering with water to eliminate cracking due to a drastic temperature change.
- Add vinegar to prevent the egg from becoming discolored, which will not change the taste of the egg.
- Bring to a rolling boil, and let boil for one minute with a gas stove, otherwise turn an electric stove off once you notice them boiling because there will be enough residual heat to let it simmer for another minute.
- Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let eggs sit in the water for at least 12 minutes. It's nearly impossible to overcook the eggs using this method.
- Either drain water or remove eggs using a slotted spoon. If you need them to cool quickly, add cold water to the hot water until the eggs are cool enough to touch! Be careful not to cool them too quickly; otherwise, they will crack.
|Calories from Fat||45|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 5 g||8%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Protein 7 g||14%|
|Cholesterol 186 mg||62%|
|Sodium 71 mg||3%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
How Long to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs
The biggest trick to cooking it just right is knowing how long to cook a hard-boiled egg. You want to be careful about overcooking, as well as undercooking.
Overcooking: As many of you know, when the egg is overcooked, the outside of the yoke will turn a dark green color. Some people claim this leaves a sulfuric taste, although most people do not taste this difference. What overcooking does do is takes away the value of the protein found in the egg. That is why this method is so excellent because its nearly impossible to overcook using this method.
How to tell if your boiled egg is perfect: One easy tip is to take it out of the water if it dries in 5 seconds or less, it is perfection! Another more fun approach is to spin it on the counter, if it spins like a top, then you know it is done. If it "wobbles like a weeble," then it is not done. Uncooked eggs will weeble and wobble. Who knew! If you are unsure if it is weebling, then press your fingers lightly on the top while it is spinning, if it continues to turn when you release, then you know it is not yet done.
Amazing Talent of Carving Egg Shells!
10 Best Ways to Eat Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Make deviled eggs.
- Make egg salad sandwiches.
- Dip in salt and/or pepper and eat plain.
- Pour a little soy sauce over the egg.
- Mash them with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Eggshells are good for the garden, something about the calcium in the shell.
- Feed them to your cat; it makes their coat silky
- Use as a topping for your salad
- Pickle them for later eating.
- Dip in hot sauce.
10 Benefits for Eating Eggs
- Eating eggs raises your good cholesterol.
- Eggs are a good source of protein.
- They are beneficial for the eyes and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
- It contains choline, which helps the cardiovascular system, nervous system, and brain.
- One of the few foods that contain natural Vitamin D;, therefore, strengthens bones by increasing the ability to absorb calcium.
- A study showed that women who digested at least six eggs a week were less likely to develop breast cancer.
- It promotes healthy hair and nails.
- Due to vitamin A, helps the health of your skin and growth.
- There are so many different ways to eat them.
- They are yummy.
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz