Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Perfect Boiled Egg

Boiled eggs?  Everyone knows how to make hard-boiled eggs, right?  Well, now hold on, sometimes the simplest things are not so simple.  There are actually several different recipes for making boiled eggs and I could never remember how many minutes they were supposed to boil.  Then several years ago I came across this method for making boiled eggs and I have been using it ever since; it hasn't failed me yet.  

Boiled Eggs

Put the eggs in a large heavy pot and cover them with approximately 1 1/2 inches of cold tap water.  Partially cover the pot and bring to a rolling boil.  Reduce the heat to low and cook the eggs, covered completely, for 30 seconds.  Remove the pot from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water (still covered) for 15 minutes.  Then run the eggs under cold water for about 5 minutes; this prevents yolk discoloration due to overcooking and makes peeling easier, as does using eggs that are at least a few days old.