Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Secret to Peeling a Hard Boiled Egg

There are so many "try this" recipes when it comes to the perfect hard boiled egg, but there really is only one true method that works for me.  Raising chickens, we eat hard boiled eggs frequently and I am always asked to bring deviled eggs to carry-in's and funeral dinners.

The first thing you want to do is place the eggs in a saucepan filled with cold water.  It's best to use cold water because it tends to keep the eggs from overcooking.  Make sure there is enough water to cover the eggs by about 2 inches.

Next, bring the water to a full boil.  Let the eggs cook for about 10-15 minutes and remove the eggs from the stove.  Let the eggs stand for another 5-7 minutes.

Once the saucepan of eggs has cooled down a bit, run cold water over the eggs until they are ENTIRELY cooled.  The cooling process is the SECRET to peeling the perfect hard boiled egg.  I usually run cold water over the eggs for 5 minutes and let them cool in a drainer for about 45 minutes and then I put them in the fridge until the next day.  The next day they peel perfectly!  If you don't have time to do this and the eggs seem a little hard to peel after they've cooled, roll them in between your hands to crack the entire shell and then peel.

So there you have it!  You now know the secret...the cool down process! 

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