Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How-To Tuesday! Hard-boiled Eggs

I love eggs.  I can eat them all day.  I LOVE quiche, egg salad, eggs benedict could be the best breakfast ever...you get the point.  We go through a ton of eggs here at the Four Pears household.  You can do so much with an egg!  But the basic skill?  How to hard-boil one.

"I can't even boil an egg!"  It's a popular cliche for not being able to cook but whether you can cook or not, cooking a hard-boiled egg might be intimidating.  Intimidating because there are a bunch of ways to do it and God forbid you do it wrong...yuck.  Green egg yolks are gross.  And getting the shells off isn't fun either.  Unless you know a quick little trick.  Here's how to get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time.

Hard-boiled Eggs

Gently put the eggs in a pan and fill so the eggs are covered by one inch of water.  You can do as many as can fit or as few as just one. Bring the water to boil.  Once boiling, remove the pot from heat, cover and set it aside for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile prepare an ice bath.  Fill a bowl with some ice and cold tap water.  Once the 10 minutes are up, put the eggs straight into the bath.  The ice water stops the cooking process but it also helps get the shells off!  Once cool peel them by tapping one end in the sink or on the counter.  The cold water should have loosened the shell so that it comes right off.   If the egg is cooked properly when you cut it in half the white will be solid and the yolk will be cooked through evenly and bright yellow.  Hard-boiled eggs perfect for making egg salad or deviled eggs (recipe tomorrow)!  A great snack for the kiddos or maybe a rushed mom in need of a protein boost.

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