Hard boiled eggs go great on sandwiches, salads, or with just a little salt and pepper. They are also the basis for the classic tradition of decorating Easter eggs. Here are some helpful hints to get the perfect hard-boiled egg.
Easy tips to prevent cracked hard-boiled eggs:
- Allow eggs to come up to room temperature before boiling them. This helps prevent cracking caused by drastic changes in temperature.
- Avoid jostling the raw eggs in the pot. Place the eggs in the pot on the stove first and use a pitcher to fill the pot with water. The water should cover the eggs by 1-2 inches.
- Leave space between eggs. Overcrowding the pot is an easy way to crack the shells.
- Never try microwaving. The steam will build up too quickly inside the egg and at the very least causing the shell to crack, or possibly causing the eggs to explode.
- Eggs that are a few days old peel best after hard boiled. Eggs are most popular (and freshest) around the Easter holiday, so make sure to leave them in your refrigerator for a few days before cooking.
- Unpeeled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for a week, peeled eggs should be eaten the same day they are made.
- Store eggs in their original carton to prevent odor absorption.
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- Place eggs in a large pot, keeping in mind the tips above.
- Add water, enough to cover the eggs by 1-2 inches.
- Bring water to a full boil. Cover with lid, remove from heat and let eggs sit for 12 minutes. Remember to set a timer to prevent over cooking.
- Serve warm or place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Store eggs in the refrigerator if not consumed right away.
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