Aug 5, 2010

Hard time with Hard boiled eggs

Not sure about you but I have always had tough time making hard boiled eggs. I understand it looks so simple and doesn't seem worthy of a blog post... But only I know what it feels like not being able to make the perfectly smooth hard boiled eggs!

Anytime I intend to make it, I am faced with a dilemma: Should I first boil the water then put the eggs, or put the eggs in the cold water and then bring it to a boil. Either way it has failed me...

Mom says "Count to 100". I have tried counting to 100 and even as much as five times that sometimes. But nope, it won't care. I have let it cool in the same pot or immediately rushed it to the sink for a run of cold water. Neither has helped.

Either it comes out undercooked or cracked or too difficult to de-shell. I would end up using spoons, fork, knife etc to pry open the shell which would result in an unsightly uneven egg.

Once for a summer get together I volunteered to bring hard boiled eggs. I thought it would be a breeze than making an elaborate dish. We had bought 5 dozen eggs and cooked it in 3 or 4 pots. This time I was extra cautious and didn't rush through the process. Gave enough time to cook, cool and clean. Believe it or not, not even a single egg came out with smooth surface!! Worse yet, we were two hours late for the get together ...

I was beginning to shun away from recipes that called for hard boiled eggs. We were satisfied scrambling them or frying them as omelets or bulls-eye...

As a last attempt we tried an egg cooker... and it worked! Now I can make the very best hard boiled eggs,smooth and perfect from any given angle... Needless to say we use it as often as possible...

Hard boiled eggs anyone? Com'on over!

7 comments:

A said...

Even I can boil eggs..that is the only thing I can do in kitchen. Steps

1. Take cold water a pan
2. Add salt
3. Add eggs
4. Boil for 20 min

Size of pan depends on the number of eggs.

NRIGirl said...

Thank you, let me try this next time... Will keep you posted A!

SG said...

Thanks for the tip NRIGirl.

Bikramjit said...

I agree with @A thats what i do and it does come out ok and another thing is dont have it on too high flame.. they crack cause water starts to boil madly and the egss start to bounce :)

and NO I AM A CRAP COOK :)

NRIGirl said...

Points noted Bikramjit!

Will try some tonight or over the weekend with these suggestions and keep you posted here...

These are pro tips and don't seem to be coming from a "crap cook" but a pro.

A said...

BTW, eggs are my favorite food :)

NRIGirl said...

@A: Looks like it is for @Bikramjit too!

@SG! How about you? Want to add any tips before my next attempt?!

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