The process of making boiled eggs is both fast and simple. This foolproof preparation of eggs is great for making deviled eggs for the holidays, or anytime for that matter. Many of you probably use hard boiled eggs as a fun-filled activity with the kids to dye Easter eggs. Maybe you boil eggs because they are great for dieting and high in protein. Whatever the reason, follow these 6 steps to make perfect boiled eggs, no matter the occasion:
1. Prepare Your Water
First, you will need to fill a large pot with cold water. Make sure that you use cold water instead of hot or warm water. If you use hot water and place a cold egg down into the pot, the egg may crack, due to the rapid change in temperature. If this happens, you will have to remove your eggs, dump the water out, wash your pot and start over. So, remember always to use cold water. After you have filled the pot with water, you need to add a little bit of vinegar and baking soda. Don’t use too much of either, about a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to a 1/2 teaspoon vinegar ratio. The vinegar and baking soda will make peeling these boiled eggs a breeze.
2. Add the Eggs
Once you have prepared your water, baking soda and vinegar in the pot, place the pot on the stove. Do not turn the burner on yet. Carefully place each egg into the pot. You want to make sure that the eggs are in a single layer and are completely covered by the water. If you plan on doing a lot of boiled eggs at once, consider boiling them in separate pots instead of a large stockpot. This will ensure even cooking and color of the egg yolks. If there are a few uncovered eggs, add water to your pot until they are fully submerged.
3. Turn Up the Heat
Now that you have prepared your water and placed the eggs in the pot turn your stove on high heat. You will want them quickly come to a rapid boil. This can not be achieved on medium, or low heat. Leave the lid off during this step.
4. Cover and Let Sit
Once your eggs have reached a rapid boil. Turn the burner off and remove the pot from the heat. You can place the pot on a cool burner, trivet or pot holder. Cover your pot with a lid and allow them to sit, untouched for fifteen minutes. Any less than fifteen minutes and you will have soft boiled eggs, where the yolks could still be quite runny. Any longer than fifteen minutes and the yolks will be overcooked and have a green color and dry texture.
5. Ice Bath
When your timer goes off, it is time to create an ice bath for your boiled eggs. Carefully drain the water from your pot. Pour slowly to avoid any splashing. Using cold water rinse the eggs in the pot and then fill the pot with cold water and ice. You don’t need a whole bunch of ice as long as you have rinsed the eggs to cool them a little bit. The rapid change in temperature will help the eggs cool, which will make them easier to peel and work with. Allow the eggs to sit in the ice bath for at least five minutes.
6. Peel the Eggs
Now, all you need to do is peel the eggs. This can be tricky. However, if you used the vinegar and baking soda in step one and the ice bath from step five, this should be fairly simple. If properly boiled your eggs should peel with minimal effort. If for some reason the eggs are not peeling easily, run them under a light stream of cold water, while removing the shell. The water will help the shell come off easily. Now you’re done and ready to make deviled eggs, egg salad, dye Easter eggs or have a quick, healthy snack.
7. Storing Boiled Eggs
If you plan on boiling eggs ahead of time as a quick snack, salad topping or you just don’t need them all right away; store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will stay as fresh as day one, for up to seven days in a sealed container.