Boiling Eggs

I never knew there was a right and wrong way to make hard boiled eggs. I had been boiling them wrong basically my entire life. You don’t understand how much you have overcooked them until you have boiled eggs the “right” way. 

This is a somewhat trivial thing for me. I mean really, how do you boil eggs? You throw them in a pot, set it to a rolling boil and when you think they are done, pull them off. The day I realized I was overcooking my eggs was when I started 21 Day Fix. Several of my friends in town are active in the program and a MSW Mama friend is as well. I was inspired to add more protein to my diet and decided I needed extra in the morning. Now, every week I try to eat more healthy even though I admittedly fall off the 21 Day Fix meal wagon often. I mass produce hard boiled eggs on Sunday or Monday as part of my meal prep.

One morning when I was getting ready to cook the eggs, I read the egg carton. I am almost OCD with reading and re-reading things. Today I decided to read the whole carton. To my surprise I was overcooking my eggs. So I gave it a shot and followed the directions. They were so much smoother and yummier to eat. My old eggs were rubbery and the yolk was dry. 

How do you make hard boiled eggs, you ask? With a little more research I found the perfect way to make soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs like this:

I make four or five each week, use a small pot, and place it on the smallest burner of my gas cook-top. I put my eggs in hot water from the tap and then start the boiling process. I’m sure they would taste even better using the exact recipe. 

Soft Boiled - Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add your eggs and cook four or five minutes.

Medium Boiled - Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add your eggs and cook for seven or eight minutes.

Hard Boiled - Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add your eggs and cover. Cook eggs for nine or ten minutes. 

I’ve read a couple of variations of the perfect hard boiled egg recipe. Sometimes if I forget to turn on a timer, I simply turn off the burner and let the eggs cook in the hot water for ten minutes or so. Then I pour out the hot water (I run cold behind it as I’ve heard from some plumbers that it can ruin your garbage disposal) and replace the hot water with cold in the pot. Next, I crack the eggs and place them back in the cold water until I can stand to peel them. Those buggers can be pretty hot if you aren’t careful! Finally, run cold water over the eggs and find the membrane and peel. Enjoy your eggs!

My favorite way to eat them is with Bacon Salt. Maybe it is a Midwest obsession, but I love bacon, and bacon and eggs is pretty much the best breakfast, even when I’m trying to eat healthy.  


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