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09 March 2011

How to Boil an Egg

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You would think boiling an egg would be fairly easy considering you only need two ingredients...eggs...and water (and ice, but does that actually count as another ingredient since it is actually water???).

So anyway, for years I would always just guess on boiling eggs, or I would google it every time I wanted to hard boil a batch.  Goodness knows why it took me this long to buckle down, experiment and find out what works once and for all.

Here are the basics...

1. USE OLD EGGS...not like months old, but about a week sitting in the fridge will make peeling SUPER easy.

2.  USE ROOM TEMP EGGS...just put them on the counter while you're doing something else..otherwise they will crack while boiling and the whites will spill out and ick...

3.  THE EGG COMES FIRST...then the water

4.  3-12 -3   BOIL/REST/ICE

So after you have your week old eggs, put them in the bottom of a saucepan and just cover with water.  Put the whole shebang on the stove - high heat.  YOU HAVE TO WATCH BOILING EGGS!  You have to start timing from when the rolling boil actually starts.  Watch them boil for 3 minutes (or set a timer), then turn the heat off.  Leave the pan where it is, still hot, but not boiling for 12 additional minutes.  Plunge the eggs into an ice bath for 3 minutes.  Peel.

I've tried lots and lots of recipes that don't boil the eggs, but they are never done enough for me, so I have to do this bit more time sensitive method.  If this sounds like an annoying amount of work to you, it is.  ...but it is better than buying the $3 pack of hard boiled eggs in the deli section.  ...and who wants cobb salad without hard boiled eggs?  ....and who can have burgers and corn on the cob without deviled eggs?

5.  One last tip...

USE A SPOON or some utensil to gently pull your eggs out of the boiling water and into the ice bath.  
Be gentle with those babies....

When it comes to peeling, I only have two tips.

#1  USE OLD EGGS!!!  I can't stress this enough...older eggs make the process SO  much easier!

#2 Eggs have a hollow spot at the bottom, so crack them gently on the bottom and then the whole shell will peel right off in a couple pulls.

Slice open your eggs and...
PERFECT.  No green ring.  No flimsy whites.  No still soft middle.  Exactly like I like them.
I love cutting them with a serrated knife to get those little ridges...such a child... :)

Would you like more homestyle recipes??
You can check out the FOODIES page on the blue bar at the top of the page and check out my new favorite recipe sites ROOST and Miz Helen's.


Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy Wednesday, March 09, 2011  

Following from the blog hop! Love your gorgeous pictures.

Glenda Cates Wednesday, March 09, 2011  

Now I know my eggs always crack and do not want to peel. Thanks for sharing this with me. I found you on the hop and I will be back as I like to cook and I Love to find new tips.

Sleppery Wednesday, March 09, 2011  

First time I boiled eggs = D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R.
It's harder than people assume....

Newest follower from the Fab Friends Thursday hop ^^
Please check out my blog and follow back.
Thanks! :)

Elisabeth Hirsch Wednesday, March 09, 2011  

Great tips! Just in time for Easter. I'm sooo excited ;)

I'm following from the hop.


Devon Thurtle Anderson Wednesday, March 09, 2011  

Making great hard-boiled eggs is deceptively tricky! Love this post.
PS - Here for the blog hop. You can find me at eastside-make-ahead.blogspot.com

Sweetnkky Wednesday, March 09, 2011  

I love this post! I cook a lot with eggs, and I can never get it just right. I can't wait to cook them again.
I'm following from Fab Thursday blog hop. Would love a follow back http://www.lifebynicole.com

Lori Thursday, March 10, 2011  

Following from the bloghop. Thanks for the great tips!

Mama on a Green Mission Thursday, March 10, 2011  

New follower from the hop! I'd love for you to stop by and follow my blog when you get a moment! :) Happy Thursday!


stacey Thursday, March 10, 2011  

Awesome post, so glad to know I am NOT the only person in the world who has to look this up or ask a friend every time. THANK YOU!
following at the hop!

Miz Helen Thursday, March 10, 2011  

Hi Amy,
I am so excited that you did this post. So many people need this information. Your photo's are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

StevieAlaine @ MooreBabies Thursday, March 10, 2011  

Nice! I wing it everytime and it doesn't always come out as it should :) 3 - 12 - 3, hopefully I will remember that.

I'm here from "It's a Keeper Thursday".

yvette Thursday, March 10, 2011  

A great detailed post.Knowledge goes a long way even for such a small thing as boiling a egg! Well Done. Your photo's are great! x

Andie Friday, March 11, 2011  

I always knew there HAD to be a trick, but never knew what it was. I am bookmarking this post. Thank you for sharing!
New follower ;)

Sara Friday, March 11, 2011  

whodathunk boiling eggs was such a specific sport?

I know what you mean about the "old" eggs and "easy peeling". I did learn that one from my momma. But I never learned the 3-12-2 method. I'm trying that one next time... Lovely demo.


Devon Thurtle Anderson Sunday, March 20, 2011  

Working on boiling my eggs now. Do you have a gas stove or electric? We have electric, so I'm wondering if I should remove the eggs from the heat, or leave them on the hot burner, just turned off? Thank you!

allenaim photography and design Sunday, March 20, 2011  

Let me know how it goes! I have an electric stove and leave the pot on the burner after it is turned off :)

Devon Thurtle Anderson Monday, May 30, 2011  

I've been leaving the pot on the heat (but with the unit turned off) for the "rest" period. It works great. I keep coming back to this post!

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