Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Perfect Boiled Eggs for Easter



Do you need a fool proof method for making perfect boiled eggs to color for Easter or to use for making deviled eggs? This method works for me every time. I use large, grade A eggs.

Poke the end of each egg with a sharp needle and place in a large roomy pan with a tight fitting lid. Cover eggs with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for exactly 23 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and flood eggs with ice water until completely cool. Refrigerate or peel under cold running water. Boiled eggs can be safely stored in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Helpful Hints:
1. Choose eggs that are close to their expiration date. They are much easier to peel.
2. Prick the end of each egg with a sharp needle before cooking to prevent cracking and also to make the egg easier to peel.
3. The best time to peel an egg is immediately after the cooking and cooling process. Shells will come off easier under running water.
4. Green egg yolks are primarily a result of overcooking. To avoid green yolks - do not over boil and cool quickly after boiling.

Williams-Sonoma has an electric egg cooker that will cook the perfect egg! It will cook 7 eggs at a time. You can get them just the way you want them – hard boiled, medium, or soft cooked. It even poaches eggs. It is called the Chef’s Choice Electric Egg Cooker and you can get on their website for $39.95. It looks to be about the size of a waffle iron. Reviewers are very enthusiastic about this product.

Egg coloring kits are fun and easy to use but you can get a lot more variety by using food coloring. Just add 20 drops of food coloring and a tablespoon of vinegar to ½ cup lukewarm water in an old cup. Gently lower a boiled egg into the mixture. The longer the eggs sits, the deeper the color. You can experiment with combinations of different colors. For example: red and yellow makes orange. Red and blue makes purple. There should be some suggestions on the food coloring box on how to make different colors. Many color wheels can be found on line which can also give you suggestions for color combinations to make.

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