You want to eat healthy and so you try to find quick & easy snacks that are not only good for you, but yummy too!
Hard boiled eggs are just that. Super packed with nutrients, an egg-cellent source of protein (see what I did there?!), and delicious with even just salt and pepper!
You can boil a dozen or two at the beginning of the week and have an easy pre-made snack for the whole week…or maybe just a couple days depending on how much you like hard boiled eggs :)
Have you been told it’s impossible to peel hard boiled eggs if you use fresh eggs?! Maybe you’ve read “you must age your eggs” or “if you buy from a local farm, you have to wait at least a week or more to hard boil them”.
Or maybe you’ve tried it and all you were left with was the yolk because all the white came off with the shell? Then you had a big mess to clean up.
Been there….done all of that. I’ve learned the hard way, ha!
I had been trying a couple different methods of boiling, cracking, peeling, etc. and I’ve finally found a fool-proof way to hard boil fresh eggs….even if they were just laid within the day or two! AND no mess, woohoo!
In short, an egg becomes more porous over time as the shell allows more and more air through. The more air that’s in between the shell and the inner membrane, the easier it is to peel once hard boiled.
With fresh eggs, there’s little to no air there to separate the shell easily. So with this method, you use water to get in there to help with the process.
Just follow these simple instructions:
Add eggs to cover the bottom of your pot. Pour water over the eggs to cover at least an inch above your eggs.
Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to medium-high, just high enough to still boil, but not a big “rolling” boil. If you boil them too aggressively, that’s when the yolk ends up greenish and the white can be rubbery and tough.
While the eggs are boiling, go ahead and fill a bowl with cold water and add ice.
Boil for 10 minutes, then drain the hot water either by using a colander or the lid to your pot.
Once drained, give your pot a couple good shakes to crack all of your eggs. If there’s a couple that don’t look cracked, just hit them gently on the side of your pan to give them a couple good cracks.
Pour ice water over the eggs in the pot and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Peel your eggs, let dry and place into a container for a grab-and-go snack all week!
We use hard boiled eggs on salads, for easy meals for our little one Mason, but mostly we just sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat as a filling healthy snack!
I hope this has been helpful for you and that you feel you can master the art of hard boiled eggs with confidence!
Tell me in the comments below your favorite ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs or if you have any other helpful tips. I’m always open to learning more!