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How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs?
Below are some tips for how you can perfect this healthy staple food!

Tips For The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg:

Older eggs work better.

Freshly laid eggs are more likely to stick to the shell when you try to peel them. If you get your eggs directly from a farm, you may want to let them age for a couple of weeks before hard boiling them.

Boil the water first.

A hot start is the most important factor in creating an easy-to-peel hard-boiled egg. This is because egg white cooked slowly (while cold water is heating to a boil, for instance) will bond more strongly with the membrane inside the eggshell.

After a quick boil, turn the heat down to a simmer.

In rapidly boiling water, the egg will cook from the outside in, which means the egg white will cook faster, possibly getting rubbery or tough. Place the eggs into boiling water for about 30 seconds, then turn the heat down to a low simmer for the remainder of the cooking. I recommend 11 to 12 minutes.

Shock your eggs in cold water after cooking.

When your eggs are done cooking, shock them in a pot of ice water. This will lead to a perfectly rounded bottom and avoid the “dimple” that forms on the bottom.

Chill your eggs prior to peeling.

The cooler the egg, the easier it will be to remove the peel without gouging the whites. It is best to chill the eggs in an ice bath for 15 minutes or in the fridge overnight.

Peel eggs while under running water.

The final step to achieve the perfect hard-boiled egg is to crack the egg gently (my husband gently rolls the egg on the counter to crack the shell evenly all over), then peel away the shell under running water.

Eggs are an excellent source of healthy fat, vitamins, minerals, and protein. There is no fear of them raising your cholesterol. It’s most likely that cholesterol is on the rise from all of the counterfeit foods that are finding their way into grocery stores and restaurants…not the healthy egg!

Wonder how long your hard-boiled eggs will keep?

Raw eggs can be stored for 4 to 5 weeks, as long as they are not cracked or exposed. Keep in mind that hard-boiled eggs only last up to seven days when unpeeled and one day when peeled.

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