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Food Tip - Hard Boiling Eggs

Posted by Truffle Shuffle

How to Make a Great Hard-Boiled Egg

Boiling the Eggs
Take a pot, and place the eggs in the bottom. You can fill the bottom of the pot, but only use one layer of eggs; do not allow eggs to stack on top of each other.
Cover the eggs in cold or cool water, making sure the water reaches a couple of inches over the eggs.
As a couple of pinches of salt to the water, and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Once the water beings to boil, turn the heat low, and allow the eggs to simmer for about five minutes.
Next, turn the heat off, but leave the eggs in the water for an additional five minutes.
Take the eggs out and place them in a bowl of cold water. 

Peeling the Eggs
Following these steps should give you a well-cooked egg, whose shell is fairly easy to peel.  However, some eggs can give you a tough time, as the membrane the connects the shell to the egg inside can stick.
Crack the shell on a hard surface, then use your thumb and fingers to spread the crack around the shell.  Place the cracked egg back in the water, and the shell should come off easily.

For those perseverant eggs that still hold onto their shell for dear life, try taking microwaving the whole eggs for fifteen or twenty seconds before peeling.

Note: eggs that are a few days old will peel better than very fresh eggs.

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