Sunday, March 22, 2009

Egg-a-Licious

I decided to make some deviled eggs with some of the boiled eggs in my fridge. And since I NEVER measure, I am borrowing Raoulysgirl's disclaimer (modified for cooking) for this post :)

So here we have our ingredients-

Here is the picture I took of the ingredients half way through mixing cause I forgot to take one before :) -

I always scoop the egg mixture into a zip baggie and snip the corner, this works great for piping the filling in, and when I'm done I throw the baggie away! Love it :) -

Here is my finished product-


A quick bit about boiled eggs, I always make them the way my Momma taught me- Put the eggs in a pan, cover with cold water, bring to a gentle boil, boil 20 min, (I always cook a bit longer, I'm paranoid). Remove from heat, pour out the hot water and run cold water over the eggs, let sit in water until cooled.
Now I don't know if this process is special in any way I do know that my Grandma does it the exact same way. So this got me to thinking, I have heard several tips for how to get good boiled eggs, or make them easier to peel, yadda, yadda, yadda........ So I compiled a list for you, these are things that I have heard, tried, or read- and once again disclaimer applies, Thank You Raoulysgirl :)

1- To get perfectly peeled hard-cooked eggs, use eggs that are at least 3 to 5 days.
Now this is close to something my Gram has said- she says that older eggs make better boiled eggs. So you should always buy your eggs a week before you plan on boiling them. It makes them easier to peel.

2-If your eggs are brought to room temp before you start to cook them they will be less likely to crack, now this tip doesn't fit into the Fausett Family Egg Boiling method, never tried it, don't know :)
3- Cover with cold water to cook your eggs,
While they're in the cold water, a layer of steam develops between the shell and the egg white. The steam helps make peeling an egg much easier.

4-(This is a good one, it explains why my yolks are always green :)
Watch the time when cooking the eggs carefully. Overcook causes a green layer to form around the yolk. This layer is caused by a reaction between the iron in the yolk and the sulfur in the white. Heat speeds up this reaction, so the longer your eggs cook, the greater the chance of discoloration.

5-
Adding a tablespoon of vinegar to the water will help keep the egg whites from running out of any eggs that happen to crack while cooking, also adding a half teaspoon of salt is thought to help both with the preventing of cracking and making the eggs easier to peel. Now I also read that using salt in the cooking water can make your egg whites rubbery, so you choose :)

6-You can keep hard boiled eggs for up to 1 week in the fridge and they will be fine.


With Easter coming up I will get a chance to try some of these that I haven't tried, and find some more ways to use up hard boiled eggs! :)




12 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Yeah, I don't think I did any of these things when I made my hardboiled eggs.

Raoulysgirl said...

My granny cooked hers like you do. I (hesitantly, and against the advice of my mama) tried the technique that I saw on Food Network...bring to a boil, put a lid on, turn the heat off, let sit for 10 minutes. The results were perfectly cooked eggs with no green ring! (But I think my mom still thinks I undercook them!) Oh, and I don't mind you borrowing my disclaimer...that's what friends are for! Just make sure you return it promptly...I need it often!!!! LOL!

Lissaloo said...

Thanks RG :) I am going to have to try that, I have read it in several places now :) Maybe I will have yellow eggs in stead of green next time, lol :)

Willoughby said...

You had to tempt me by making deviled eggs, didn't you? Now I absolutely MUST hard boil some eggs! I'm craving them now!!!

Lissaloo said...

lol, sorry :) At least they're easy right? :)

Donna-FFW said...

I boil mine the exact same way Raoulys girl does, and they work every time. These look so yummy, I am also craving them! Sometimes I add crumbled up bacon in them.

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My Three Girls (The A girls) said...

thanks for your egg knowledge, for some reason I always dread making eggs this way but everytime I do...I am struck dumb because it super easy and everyone loves hard boiled eggs and they are healthy.

Erica Hanks said...

How funny...I made some the other day too! Tis the Deviled Egg season! Gotta Love Spring!

Monica H said...

I cover mine in cold water, add a hefty pich of salt, bring to a boil. Turn heat to a low and cook for another 10 minutes. Once they're done, I immediately place them in a bowl of ice water until they're completely cool.

Perfect every time and NEVER green!

I made boiled eggs for potato salad tonight and I made deviled eggs last week- yum!

Lissaloo said...

I have lots of tried and true advice now, thanks all! Spring is definitely egg time! :)

My Three Girls (The A girls) said...

Thanks for the egg info. I need to come and eread as "i am making hard boiled egggs for decorating today. Thank you for your Eggcellent Egg knowledge!"

Thank you!!!

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