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Making the perfect hard-boiled egg

July 26, 2009
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My real interest in food and cooking started after Sam was born.  I remember so many times sitting on the couch to feed him and watching Food Network.  My favorite chef was Sara Moulton.  Her show was awesome and I learned so much just from watching her.  To this day, I make a mean roast turkey every Thanksgiving, and we always thank Sara for our turkey-induced naps.

Another thing I learned from her was how to make a perfect hard-boiled egg.  No green rings, no under-cooked yolks.  There’s an easy “recipe” to get them just right.

From Sara Moulton:  “Here’s how to make perfect hard-cooked eggs (notice I said hard cook not hard boil.) Place eggs in a saucepan with cold water to cover them by 1-inch. Bring the water just to a boil, cover the pan and turn off the heat. Thirteen minutes later, drain the eggs and immediately chill them under cold running water or, better yet, in a bowl of ice and water. Let them cool completely. (This cooling part is what keeps that nasty green line away, the not boiling part keeps the egg white tender). Peel and enjoy.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2009 12:58 am

    indeed, that does appear to be the perfect egg. the yolk is just gorgeous–there should be a crayola crayon named after it, don’t you think?

  2. July 27, 2009 4:35 pm

    This method makes sense: by cooking at a low heat and letting the egg just do its thing without being disturbed, it comes out the way it should. I’m going to try this, and if it works, I’m going to forget what i learned in culinary school. :)

  3. July 28, 2009 1:29 am

    yeah, yours are perfect!!!
    great job :)

  4. July 28, 2009 5:13 am

    Agreed. In cooking, there is a difference between simple and easy. Easy recipes don’t require a lot of skill to prepare. Then, there are recipes that are simple: that is to say that there are few ingredients, but the preparation of the ingredients may be very complex. All you need is the right instructions.

    Cooking an egg is as much an art as it is a science. In a few words, your eggs look perfect :)

  5. oneordinaryday permalink
    August 3, 2009 4:08 am

    Grace – Thanks. Love the idea of naming a crayon color!

    Cynthia – It does always work for me. You can thank Sara Moulton when it turns out perfectly.

    Mona – Thank you!

    Jackie – Thank you so much. It’s funny the tips you hear along the way that seem so simple you wonder why you never knew it before. This was one of those things for me.


  6. August 8, 2009 5:02 pm

    I love hard boiled eggs. Thanks for the advice.

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