This “Ask Sara” question comes from my sister, Mary. She asks, “What are the tricks to hard boiled eggs? I boil them for about 20 minutes, dunk them in cold water and peel, and always some egg gets left on the shell. Any suggestions?” Why, Mary, yes I have some very simple steps for you to follow.
How to hard boil eggs
This is the easiest, absolutely foolproof way to hard boil eggs. Place your raw eggs in the bottom of a pan and add cold water to cover the eggs plus an additional 2 inches of water. Sprinkle with a little salt and cover pan with a tight fitting lid. Turn heat to high and bring pot to a boil. Once the pot comes to a boil, turn off the heat, and set a timer for 10 minutes. Leave the pot on the hot burner, with the lid on, and the heat turned off. When the timer goes off, drain the water, and place eggs in a bowl to cool. You can crack eggs to let heat escape to cool quicker. Peel and enjoy.
Eggs should be at least 2 weeks old to boil. Don’t boil freshly laid eggs. If I want to boil eggs from our backyard chickens (I’m holding our chicken, Caddie Woodlawn in the picture below), I hide the eggs in the back of the refrigerator, date the carton, and attach a note that reads “Do Not Eat.” Freshly laid eggs are harder to peel once boiled.
Boiled eggs are excellent in egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, or potato salad. Once peeled, crush up the egg shells and toss them into your compost pail. Egg shells are great for your garden, especially your tomato plants.
What’s your favorite way to eat boiled eggs? Are you a soft yolk or hard yolk person?
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