Summer is here and we need plenty of protein-packed easy to grab snacks for the kids. This time of year the price of eggs drops drastically making hard boiled eggs both a frugal and an easy way to give the kids plenty of protein to fuel their play. I like to make hard-boiled eggs on a cool night in large batches to keep from heating the house to last us a while. Learning how to make hard-boiled eggs had a bit of a learning curve.
The best eggs to hard boil
When choosing your eggs to hard boil the trick is to choose older eggs. The fresher the egg the harder it will be to peel when you are done. Boiling eggs is a great way to use up eggs that need to be cooked before they can go bad. If you must buy fresh eggs for making a hard-boiled egg dish like deviled eggs or egg salad right away look for the eggs as close to the sell-by date as possible.
How to make hard-boiled eggs easy to peel
Everyone hates a hard to peel hard-boiled egg. Not only are they more work to deal with you lose large chunks of the egg as well. One trick is to skip boiled and steam your eggs instead. Though not everyone has what they need on hand to do this. When boiling eggs add a tablespoon of salt or vinegar to the pot to break down the shell a bit while they cook and make them easier to peel when finished.
How to make hard-boiled eggs
When it comes to making hard boiled eggs everyone assumes it is easy until they set out to eat one and discover an over or undercooked center.
Start by placing your eggs in a pan filled just enough to cover them with cold water.
Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Remove from heat and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
How long to hard boil an egg?
Choose your consistency and cook for the following times:
- 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
Fun gadgets to make hard boiled eggs
Making hard boiled eggs can be a lot easier with technology to help out.