The perfect hard boiled egg, every time!

>> Tuesday, October 13, 2009

egg holder
Today's post is a back to basics cooking lesson, How to boil an egg. The perfect boiled or hard boiled egg is when the egg is cooked all the way through and the yolk is golden , there shouldn't be a grey/green ring around the yolk. To me if a hard boiled egg has that grayish or green tone, it becomes very unappetizing. (I can picture it, grayish yolk chunks in egg salad ,,,yuck ). I think eggs are one of those foods that seem like a fairly easy to cook food, but some how can turn into a difficult food to master. Many people have problems with either over or under cooking eggs and can quickly go from delicious to disgusting. This is a fool proof method and if you try it your hard boiled eggs will come out perfect.

golden egg yolk
1. Utensils you will need are a large pot, a slotted spoon, and a large bowl. You will also need cold water and of course fresh eggs. First place the eggs in a large pot and pour cold tap water into the pot, the water should cover all the eggs by about 1 inch / or 2.5 cm. Place the pot over high heat until the water has reached a rolling boil. This means that the water is bubbling vigorously. Then immediately lower the heat to a medium low setting, and continue to boil for an additional 10 minutes.

how to boil an egg

2. A minute before the 10 minutes are up, fill half way a large bowl with very cold- ice cold water. Using the slotted spoon gently place the eggs in the bowl with very cold water, making sure that all the eggs are covered.

cooling eggs

3. Leave the eggs in the cold water until they are at room temperature. This is a very important step because this cooling down is what prevents the yolk from turning grey/green.

huevo hervido

Look the yolks are perfectly cooked and are a beautiful golden yellow color!! :)

deviled eggs,egg salad

I have been making hard boiled eggs this way for years and it's always a success. Now you are ready to enjoy these hard boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper,slice them to use on sandwiches, and these are also perfect to for deviled eggs or egg salad. (I will post my recipes and photos for both soon.) Now if I could only master poaching an egg ...


lululu October 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM  

oh, i just need this tip! my husband is so picky on his boiled eggs for breakfast!
i love your little egg cups too! are they wooden?

Anonymous,  October 14, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

Great pictures and I also really like the egg cups, very cute!

Anonymous,  October 14, 2009 at 3:54 PM  

Agree with lululu and 5 Star Foodie - Love the cute egg cups!

I must pass this on to my bf - he always prefers hard boiled eggs so I'm sure he'll find it useful!

Velva October 14, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

Perfect eggs! Just beautiful

Spicie Foodie October 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

Hi everyone:), it's nice to see these comments.

Lulu~ Yes they are wooden, Let us know how they turn out for you and if your husband is happy:)

5 Star Foodie,Experimental,Penny and Velva, thank you very much, glad to hear you liked them:)

the traditional gourmand October 17, 2009 at 2:42 AM  

Great post! Nothing worse than a bad hard boiled egg..yuck! And great pics!

Divina Pe October 22, 2009 at 4:12 AM  

Great tip. A simple cooking like this is so important. Thanks for sharing that.

Spicie Foodie October 22, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

Hi Divina Pe,
THanks and your welcome. Yes I think it's important to revisit the basics now and then as they form the foundations of so many dishes :)

MsByn January 24, 2011 at 4:59 PM  

Great tip! Thanks again:)

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