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Eggs-actly Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs-actly Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

This is a fabulous, NO FAIL way to make hard boiled eggs.  I learned this method during my culinary internship so you know it has to be awesome if I learned in a James Beard Award winning restaurant:)  This method is one of my favorite ways to prepare hard boiled eggs because you can never over cook the eggs & the that horrible sulfur smell never drifts through your nose!  Not only that, your eggs are always a lovely bright yellow, never the dull yellow with the greenish gross rubbery stuff that some people call a hard boiled egg:)  Another great thing about this method is you can make  a lot of eggs or a few eggs, the times stay the same.  There is nothing better than being in the grocery and seeing a bag of two hard boiled eggs for an ungodly amount of money, knowing that in your refrigerator you have some really awesome hard boiled eggs that you already made… so you don’t have to buy the store’s hard boiled eggs:)  Something about that, it is just nuts to pay that much for hard boiled eggs when you can make them in the time that it takes to drink a glass of wine,  LOL 🙂 … or beer, or scotch.. well, you get the idea!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY… Dad & Gramps:)

Dad & I when I was a wee little one:)

Dad & I when I was a wee little one:)

Gramps & Dad with me when I was blonde:)

Gramps & Dad with me when I was blonde:)

Dad & I having dinner:)

Dad & I having dinner:)

Perfectly Done Hard Boiled Eggs for Father’s Day Recipes (or any hard boiled egg recipes)

  • the amount of cage free eggs that you want to make ( remember if you are doing deviled eggs you will have twice the amount, since you cut the eggs in half.. I forgot this one time and made a TON of hard boiled eggs  LOL)
  • water
  • ice
  • a timer
  • a pot
  1. Fill a pot with water that will have enough room for your eggs to move around.  DO NOT put the eggs in the water at this time!
  2. Then turn the water on high to boil.  Then place all the eggs in a bowl that is small enough to be lowered down into the pot of water. (You still do not put the eggs in the water yet).
  3. Then bring the water to a boil.
  4. Once the water has come to a boil, very gently, lower the small bowl with the eggs into the water and quickly slide the eggs into the pot of boiling water.  Be very careful so you do not burn your self while doing this!  You may need to place them in the boiling water in two batches, whatever you do make sure to work very quickly!
    Eggs Getting Ready to Be Hard Boiled

    Eggs Getting Ready to Be Hard Boiled

     

  5. Water Getting Ready for Hard Boiling Eggs

    Water Getting Ready for Hard Boiling Eggs

    Eggs being placed in boiling water

    Eggs being placed in boiling water

    Very Carefully Placing Eggs in Boiling Water

    Very Carefully Placing Eggs in Boiling Water

    Eggs Soon to be Happy Hard Boiled Eggs:) That are Eggs-actly Perfect:)

    Eggs Soon to be Happy Hard Boiled Eggs:) That are Eggs-actly Perfect:)

    Then as soon as you are done lowering the eggs in the boiling water, set the timer for 10 (ten) minutes.

  6. While the eggs are cooking, take a large bowl and fill it with cold water and lots of ice cubes.  Place it in the freezer to get really cold while the eggs are cooking to there awesome goodness:)
  7. When the timer for 10 (ten) minutes goes off, immediately & carefully drain the water from the eggs.

    Timing the eggs for 10 (ten) minutes ... Make sure to use a timer!!

    Timing the eggs for 10 (ten) minutes … Make sure to use a timer!!

  8. Then take the bowl of cold icy water out of the refrigerator, place the eggs into the icy water (this is called shocking, it discontinues the cooking process) . Another point, if you do not have enough ice or do not have ice do not make your eggs with this method, the ice is essential to stop the cooking process in the egg:)
  9. Once the eggs are in the icy water, you may need to add more ice, depending if the ice has all melted.  Then set the timer for 10 (ten) minutes.  (At Le Cordon Bleu, we learned that you should never keep a product in the ice bath longer than you cooked it…:)

    Shocking Eggs in Ice Water for 10 (ten) Minutes

    Shocking Eggs in Ice Water for 10 (ten) Minutes

  10. Once 10 (ten ) minutes is up, take the eggs out of the water.  Set them aside.  Then begin to peel them one by one under the water.  Once the egg has been peeled move it to another bowl, continue until all the eggs are peeled.  At Michael’s, during my internship, one of my jobs was peeling eggs.  Very glamorous, I know… but I took personal satisfaction in knowing that my task was essential to the fabulously wonderful deviled eggs that Michael’s was so famous for… so ultimately, my job was very glamorous , um-mm in the scope of things …LOL 🙂

    Peeled Perfectly Done Hard Boiled Eggs

    Peeled Perfectly Done Hard Boiled Eggs

  11. Once your eggs are peeled, rinse them off to make sure that you did not miss any shells (in my opinion there is nothing worse than an egg shell as you are enjoying an otherwise fantastic hard boiled egg.)
  12. Then place your eggs in a container lined with a clean tea towel or paper towels (this absorbs the moisture) or you can wrap your eggs individually in cling film.  I like wrapping them individually, it makes it really easy to just grab and go…or to just take out of the refrigerator and cut up for the top of a salad:)
  13. When you are ready to enjoy your hard boiled eggs in whatever recipe…. do so with a grain or two of salt, my new favorite is Applewood Smoked Sea Salt.  It imparts a lovely sea  salt flavor with the  flavor of subtle smokiness lingering in the background:)

    Applewood Smoked Sea Salt & Perfectly Done Hard Boiled Eggs

    Applewood Smoked Sea Salt & Perfectly Done Hard Boiled Eggs

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