How many hard boiled eggs will you be boiling for Easter? I know I will be hard boiling my share of eggs to decorate this year. I like at least a dozen per person for dyeing. Decorating eggs is another fun family tradition.
Besides, I love hard boiled eggs. They are such a quick, easy, portable snack. Deviled eggs are something I tend to make only in spring and I am looking forward to them. I have had plenty of hard boiled eggs that have that green ring around the yolk. In fact, growing up, I thought that is how they are supposed to be. I didn’t know that the green ring means they are overcooked.
Once I tasted a perfectly hard boiled egg, I knew I could never go back to dry, crumbly yolks. But no matter how hard I tried, I got the timing wrong and ended up with the green ring. Over the years, I have found a technique that I believed to be perfect. Then I found this pin and tried it, and now there is a new tool in my bag of cooking tricks.
The first step to no cracks, easy peel, perfect hard boiled eggs is to use eggs that are a week old. Older eggs are easier to peel. The next step is to lay a clean white cotton kitchen towel in the pot. I got this tip from my amazing mother-in-law (I have mentioned before how good she is at all things homemaking. She raised her 5 kids on a farm where she grew, canned, cooked and sewed everything herself! She even made her own Easter candy!).
The towel acts as a cushion for the eggs so when the water boils the eggs don’t jostle and knock against each other and get cracks. You can do a lot of eggs in a large pot this way if you lay the towel in between layers of eggs. I like this when I am making a lot of eggs for Easter. I can do a large batch, and they come out perfect for dyeing. Fold the towel over the eggs and fill the pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Here is the new Pinterest tip I learned from The Kitchn via Pinterest. Add 1/4 tsp baking soda to the water. The Kitchn explains how it changes the pH level and makes them easier to peel. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Not just bubbling, but rolling. Boil for 1 minute, then turn off the heat and leave the eggs in the pan of water until cooled. Drain the water and you’re done. Perfect for Easter egg dyeing.
I like to make enough for a week, peel them all at once and store in a ziploc bag for a quick snack on the go. I find that if I start peeling at the end where there is a bubble of air, it helps get under the skin and peeling goes easier. I compared eggs boiled with and without baking soda and found baking soda did make a difference. Get crackin’ and enjoy your eggs. This Pin Rocks!
Make sure to try this easy way to peel your eggs!
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