How do you get perfect hard boiled eggs? Well, how do you get perfect anything, really? For me, it’s usually by accident.
You might have already realized that when it comes to cooking I rarely ever measure anything or write the process down – I find that task daunting, much like saving contacts in my iPhone. That means I never really make the same dish twice and I have a bunch of random numbers on my phone that can only be identified by text message content. *sigh*
Hard boiled eggs are the bane of my existence. They are so versatile – eat them alone, make egg salad, deviled eggs, etc. But they can be so damn difficult to peel. I’m guilty of throwing many a challenging egg straight into the trash. Sorry, Humpty, I don’t have those kind of patience.
A few weeks ago an accident happened that changed the way I make my eggs. I forgot about them. Twice. But it ended up that they were so easy to peel that I will ALWAYS forget about them from now on.
So here is my cook ’em and forget ’em tutorial – just in time for the 4th of July! I don’t know about you, but my holiday just wouldn’t be the same without some old fashioned deviled eggs. (For a spin on the traditional and a paleo friendly recipe, replace the mayo with avocado – yum!)
- Step 1: Forget everything you know about boiling eggs.
- Step 2: Add eggs to a pot of water. Heat on high.
- Step 3: When water starts to boil, let them boil. 2-3 minutes; maybe 5.
- Step 4: Remove from heat and let sit 20-25 minutes; maybe 30.
- Step 5: Drain. Run eggs under cold water until shells are cool.
- Step 6: Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water. (I use an entire tray.) Let sit until the ice melts.
- Step 7: Peel your beautiful bald and smooth eggs.
- Step 8: Eat ’em.
Boom! Happy Independence Day Weekend.