Hey friends I’m back! I really needed some time to decompress over Spring Break. We have some huge changes coming into our life, but I’m not quite ready to discuss them on the blog because we’re still working out some kinks. I’ll announce soon what’s been going on with us, I promise. As for now I’m ready to jump back into the blog, and since today is the first day of Spring why not talk about making perfect hard boiled eggs? This goes hand and hand with Easter and also my love for low carb. A perfect hard boiled egg is the perfect high protein snack that curbs my hunger!
The perfect hard boiled egg can be different to everyone, but one thing remains clear…. there should not be a green/gray colored ring around the yolk. That’s right, hard boiled eggs can be overcooked! That colored ring is a sign you’ve got an overcooked, rubbery egg on your hands. But have no fear, boiling the perfect egg is easy as can be! I’ve tried the oven method but I’m just an old fashioned girl who prefers to boil.
If you’ve ever had trouble peeling a boiled egg hang tight… I’ve got some tips to help you out!
You want to start with placing your eggs in a pot with cold water. Make sure you use a pot deep enough so the eggs can be topped with a good 1-2 inches of water. You also want to make sure the eggs are in a single layer and not overcrowded. Yeah I probably could have fit another egg in the pot, but I get the best results when I give them a little breathing room.
Now simply bring the pot to a boil, waiting on this pot can be a little tedious. Ever watched a pot waiting for it to boil? It takes forever but odds are if you walk off they will boil too long and you’ll risk overcooking.
Once the water comes to a full boil turn the heat off and immediately place the lid on the pot and set a timer for 12 minutes. Let the pot remain on the stove so the eggs retain the heat.
Now don’t skip that cold water bath! This is very important to stop the cooking process and it helps the eggs peel easier. Once you set the timer to let the eggs finish cooking prepare a bowl with ice and water. Any size will work as long as the eggs fit and you can use multiple bowls if needed. Use a slotted spoon and place the cooked eggs fully into the ice water for 5 minutes.
After about 5 minutes the eggs should feel much cooler, similar to room temperature. I recommend 12 minutes with the lid on and the heat off, but keep in mind results can vary with your cookware, stove top, and also personal taste. Those who like like their eggs on the softer side you can try 8-10 minutes.
Now the real drama starts… let’s talk about peeling the eggs! Those who love eating hard boiled eggs we’ve all peeled an egg and had it look shredded full of craters, but fear not I have some tips that will help!
We’ve all been trained when cooking to use the freshest eggs, however eggs that are about a week old are a lot easier to peel, so just keep that in mind. Another trick is to peel the eggs before you place them in the refrigerator, room temperature boiled eggs peel much easier than cold eggs.
To start peeling an egg I gently tap the bottom and then under cool running water I slowly start to peel away the shell making sure to remove that tricky membrane. Once you feel the smooth egg texture you know you’ve got it and you can start to peel larger chunks, and that’s it, you’re good to go. It’s time for some yummy delicious snacks!
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
- Place eggs in a single layer in a pot and fill with 1-2 inches of cold water above the eggs.
- Heat on high until the water comes to a full boil. Once the water starts boiling turn off the heat and immediately cover with a lid. Let the pot remain on the stove and set the timer for 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare a a bowl with ice and water. After 12 minutes carefully remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place in the cold water bath for about 5 minutes, then remove the eggs. The eggs will be cool to the touch and will peel best when done immediately.
- To peel, gently tap the the bottom edge and peel under running water.
I love adding just a dash of salt and pepper and when available some fresh herbs. Nothing beats this clean healthy snack! Our family is getting excited for Easter and very soon I’ll be blogging our favorite way to dye easter eggs. Not only is our method budget friendly it’s super fun and you can come up with so many unique variations. Talk to you soon!