Thursday, August 2, 2012

Perfect Hard-boiled Eggs

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Hard-boiled to Perfection!

Hard-boiled eggs are an quick, easy and nutritious snack... or a great salad or sandwich topper.  I hard-boil a few eggs at a time, refrigerate, and then use them as needed.  Eggs are low calorie and a good source of protein!

Splash of Vinegar (optional)
  1. PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch, ADD a splash of vinegar (optional). HEAT over high heat until boiling. REMOVE from burner. COVER pan and set aside.
  2. LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 17-20 minutes for large eggs (14 minutes for medium eggs; 23 minutes for extra large).
  3. DRAIN immediately. Serve warm OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.


  • Banish the greenish ring. This harmless but unsightly discoloration that sometimes forms around hard-boiled yolks results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. Our method - cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately - minimizes this.
  • Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking. This brief "breather" allows the eggs time to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shell.
  • Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.
  • To peel a hard-boiled egg: Gently tap egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Starting peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.
  • Storage time: In the shell, hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated safely up to one week. Refrigerate in their original carton to prevent odor absorption. Once peeled, eggs should be eaten that day.
  • High altitude cooking: It's almost impossible to hard-cook eggs above 10,000 feet.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving (1 large egg)
Calories - 70, Fat - 4.5g, Carb. - 1g, Protein - 6g

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