It’s close to Easter.
And that means, coloring eggs. If you have kids, lots of eggs.
And then the day after Easter? You’re stuck with lots of leftover eggs. Hardboiled eggs. So, the inevitable question of what to do with them leads to various things. Deviled eggs, potato salad with chopped eggs, and my favorite..
I am an egg salad purist. I don’t like a lot of junk and gunk in my egg salad. Maybe it’s because this is the way my Mom always made egg salad? I’ve seen recipes of late on different cooking shows like Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Egg Salad, and BBQ Egg Salad….
OVERKILL, I say!
And besides that, I have 3 kids who don’t like crunchy stuff in their egg salad.
I like a simple, creamy, egg salad. Following this post, I’ll post my favorite simple egg salad recipe. (Find the recipe here for my Simple Egg Salad). But first, we need to know how to make perfect hard boiled eggs!
Here is what I do.
Start by putting the amount of eggs you want into a large pot. All of your eggs need to be in a single layer. Then you need to cover them completely with cold water. I just put enough water to cover the eggs. Turn your heat on high and bring them to a boil. I’ve seen many suggestions on adding salt, vinegar and even a burnt match (???) but I don’t do any of that. It’s not needed.
Once the water comes to a boil, take it off the burner, cover the pot with a lid, and let it set for 12 minutes.
Set a timer, or you’ll forget.
Trust me, I know.
After 12 minutes, your eggs should have finished their stint in cooking. Immediately take off the lid, dump out the hot water and fill the pot with cold water.
Throw in a couple of cups of ice cubes. This will stop the cooking of the eggs.
If you overcook the eggs, that is when that nasty greeny/grayish ring forms around the yolks and we don’t want that!
Putting them in ice water also helps the egg skins inside shrink so that they will peel easier.
Here’s another helpful tip. Fresh eggs peel harder. We have a local dairy here called Braum’s. I could never figure out why I couldn’t get their eggs to peel. It was because they were so fresh! So for cooking, fresh eggs are wonderful, but for hard boiled? Maybe not so much…
I like to smash both ends a little and start from there. You can usually hook your fingers in the pockets of air at the end and pull bigger pieces of shell off.
After I peel an egg, I like to give it a quick rinse under cold water to make sure I get all those little specks of peel off the egg also.
And that’s it. Hard boiled eggs! Now you know how!
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