Hard boiled eggs are the basis for many dishes and a quick snack if you are in hurry or can be used to sneak protein into your salad at lunch. You might ask yourself what could be easier than boiling eggs? It’s true that it seems simple, but have you ever overcooked an egg or realized that it wasn’t cooked enough? Here are some tips to help you avoid the pitfalls.
Things You Need to Make Hard Boiled Eggs
- Pot or saucepan: You need a stainless steel pot or saucepan to boil the eggs. You should place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover them with cold water.
- Eggs: Eggs that are 1-2 weeks old are more suitable for boiling because the skin of fresh eggs is harder to separate after cooking. In fresh eggs membrane beneath the shell sticks to the shell which makes it difficult to remove the egg shell after cooking.
- Water: To have evenly cooked eggs add enough water to cover all the eggs at least 1 inch above.
How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs?
- Place the eggs in a stainless steel pot or saucepan(do not stack them).
- To have evenly cooked eggs add enough water to cover all the eggs 1 inch above.
- Adding a little salt in the water will avoid cracks in egg shells.
- Over high heat, bring the eggs to a rolling boil.
- Cook the eggs from 4 minutes to 9 minutes until you get a desired outcome.
How Long to Boil Eggs
- Soft-boiled eggs: 4 minutes
- Slightly soft-boiled eggs: 5 minutes
- Custardy yet firm soft-boiled eggs: 6 minutes
- Creamy hard-boiled eggs: 7 minutes
- Firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs: 8 minutes
- Very firm hard boiled eggs: 9 minutes
What Causes a Green or Grey Ring Around Egg Yolk and How to Avoid It?
That green/gray ring appears around the yolk because of over-cooking the eggs or or using water with a high level of iron. It’s caused from a chemical reaction, the sulfur (from the egg white) and iron (from the egg yolk).
Are Grey/Green Boiled Eggs Ok to Eat?
The chemical reaction between sulfur and iron in the egg might affect the texture and color but it’s safe to eat.
How To Peel Hard Boiled Egg?
Remove the eggs from the pot and immediately transfer them to a bowl filled with cold water and ice. Putting the eggs into the cold water will stop the cooking process. Then you can easily remove the shell of the eggs in several ways.
- Put the egg on the cutting board. Lightly hit it with the back of the spoon and crack the shell. Put a spoon between the shell and the egg white and turn it slowly to separate the shell.
- Put the egg on the cutting board or kitchen counter. Gently roll the egg back and forth with your hands and crack the shell. Now you can easily separate the shell.
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- 6 large eggs, at room temperature
- Cold water
Place the eggs in a stainless steel pot or saucepan(do not stack them).
To have evenly cooked eggs add enough water to cover all the eggs 1 inch above.
Adding a little salt in the water will avoid cracks in egg shells.
Over high heat, bring the eggs to a rolling boil.
Cook the eggs from 4 minutes to 9 minutes until you get a desired outcome.
Peel and serve the eggs immediately. You can sprinkle some pepper on top. and Served it with olive and cherry tomato.