How to perfectly boil an egg

The great thing about hard boiled eggs is they are easy to just grab and go. I think we often skip breakfast because we simply don’t have time to cook it. I like to peel mine ahead of time and put in a Tupperware. This removes one more step day of eating. I can literally just grab and eat.

There are a lot of reasons to eat eggs but one of the best is for the Choline in the yolk. Choline is complicated to explain but basically this nutrient affects a number of vital bodily functions.

These include liver function, healthy brain development, muscle movement, the nervous system and metabolism, among others. If you are pregnant getting enough choline may help in neural tube defects.

How to Hard Boil Eggs

There are 4 steps to hard-boiling eggs:

1. Place eggs in a saucepan or pot and cover with cold water.

Eggs first, then water. Why? Because if you put the eggs in second, they might crack as they fall to the bottom of the pan. It's no fun to learn this the hard way.

Note: Very fresh eggs are delicious fried or scrambled, but older eggs are actually easier to peel. Your best bet for hard-boiled eggs is to choose eggs you've had in the refrigerator for a week or two.

2. Put pan over high heat and bring water to a rolling boil. Remove pan from heat and cover.

You want the water to come just to a boil, but not stay there. Eggs exposed to high heat for a long time go through a chemical reaction that turns the yolks green! So to answer the question "how long should I boil eggs?" The answer is pretty much not at all. Because the eggs cook in water that's not actually boiling, some people prefer the term "hard-cooked eggs" to hard-boiled eggs.

3. Let the eggs stand in the hot water for 14-17 minutes.

How long you let the eggs stay in the water depends on how big the eggs are and how hard you want them cooked. To cook small eggs to medium, let them stand for 14 minutes. To cook extra-large eggs to medium, let them stand for 17 minutes.

4. Drain eggs and put in a bowl filled with ice water.

The ice water isn't just a nice-to-have; it cools the eggs down and prevents the green yolk problem. If you're planning to peel the eggs, like if you're chopping them for egg salad, crack them slightly before putting them in the ice water, and let them sit for an hour for maximum ease of peeling.


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