Friday, June 7, 2013

"I Can't Even Boil an Egg."

Missy, here. Have you ever heard someone who can't cook say, "I can't even boil an egg."

Well, I admit here and now, that sometimes (about half the time), I can't even boil an egg. I have the worst time with eggs that don't want to peel. The shell sticks and rips away chunks of egg white (my favorite part!).

And I know there's a trick to doing it right. But I NEVER CAN REMEMBER!

So I just got this email the other day from eMeals.com (I still subscribe). It sent me a link to a blog post titled How to Make Perfect Hard-boiled Eggs.

You can read the whole post with some additional helpful tips by clicking the link or the photo. But I thought today I'd share the main thing to remember:

Put the eggs in the pan and cover with water. THEN heat to a boiling. Turn off burner, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.


I have usually boiled the water first, then added the eggs. That's been my problem.

So, I vow, from this day forward, I'll cook hard-boiled eggs correctly, without sacrificing precious hunks of egg white! :)

By the way, I know I blogged about eMeals.com a while back. But I recently changed from the Clean Eating plan to the Slow Cooker plan. I've gotten some fantastic recipes! I'll have to let you know how it goes once I try some.

So...do you have any personal tips for boiling eggs?


17 comments:

  1. Ohhhh -- that's me too! I can bake a cake and mix up a mean tofu stir fry but I can't boil an egg. It always cracks and explodes in the boiling water --- gross! -- or the yolk turns black. So not pretty for deviled eggs! But like you I was dropping the eggs into the boiling water. I'll have to give this a try.

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    1. Kav, I'm glad I'm not the only one! :)

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  2. Somebody showed me this centuries ago. At least it feels like that long ago. They said to cover the eggs with cold water, bring to a boil, cover lightly and boil for 20 minutes... And it mostly works. I still get the occasional crack but it's rare.

    And I love using my fresh chicken eggs! Oh mylanta, they're amazing when cooked!!!

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    1. I'm sure I've heard this somewhere, too. But I've never remembered to do it! Recently as I was making egg salad--and only had a half dozen eggs so was trying to make it stretch to have enough, I found myself losing precious hunks of my egg whites! When that email came the following week, I decided I needed to do a post so I could always look it up to remind myself. :)

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  3. There must be 1001 ways to boil eggs!

    I put them in cold water, bring them to a boil, then take the pan off the heat and let the eggs sit in the water for 20 minutes. Then rinse in cold water.

    I rarely have problems with the white peeling off with the shell, but it still happens sometimes. I've heard all kinds of theories of why it happens, from the freshness of the eggs to the way you cook them.

    I think it's how you hold your mouth while you peel them....

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  4. They also said on this post to rinse immediately in cold water. My sister recently told me NOT to use fresh eggs. (as we stood peeling eggs that had shell sticking to them). :)

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    1. Were you holding your mouth right? Try sticking your tongue out....

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    2. Yeah, we need a blog post on THAT trick, Jan. :)

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  5. We have a weird little egg timer that goes IN the water. It looks like half an egg and is clear. The inside shows several rings, all the way to the middle which says 'hardboiled'. YOu watch the rings turn color and take it off the heat when you reach the ring you want (soft, medium, hard).

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    1. Oh my gosh, that's brilliant!! I'll have to look for one. I hate when I get the yellows too dry.

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    2. Well ladeda, Virginia, bet Edna gets along famously with that little kitchen gadget!

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  6. My mother shared this tip with me when I called her AGES ago to ask how to make hard boiled eggs.

    One thing I do is to not only rinse in cold water, but when I'm peeling them, I run the water over them. As in I stick it under the faucet with the water running.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I guess the colder the better.

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    2. Dawn, I've done that too! My mother-in-law showed me that. Then I blot the little buggers on paper towels. I love paper towels!

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  7. I also heard that if you add baking soda to the water and to let them sit a bit after they ar finished boiling. If you try to peel too early, that is when the egg shell sticks.

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    1. I'll try that too, Susanna (assuming this is Susanna). :) And yes, I'm usually impatient and probably start peeling too soon. :)

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    2. I bet that's not Susanna.... And I'm kind of laughing at you, Tippens!!!!

      If it IS Susanna, well, you can laugh right back at me!

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