Really??? Hard Boiled Eggs??? Do I really need to write a recipe for hard boiled eggs? Why yes, yes I do! If you’ve ever had a fresh egg, and I mean a really fresh egg….like straight from the chicken fresh, then you will know why I need recipe on how to make hard boiled eggs.
Fresh eggs are wonderful for so many reasons, but when it comes to boiling them, I could be tempted to buy (gasp) them from the store! The problem is, they don’t peel easily. In fact, they hardly peel at all unless you want just a wee bit of white and all the yolk for your hard boiled eggs.
The shells of fresh hard boiled eggs tend to stick to the white of the egg. The shell come off in only teeny tiny little minuscule bits. And I do mean minuscule! You pick and you pick and you pick and still bits seem to be stuck to the egg. When or if you finally get the shell off, the poor egg is so pitted that even the thought of Deviled Eggs is out of the question!
If possible, do not use eggs on the same day they were laid. Let the eggs sit in your fridge for at least 3-4 days before boiling. This allows the shell to start to absorb air and the white doesn’t stick to the shell quite as much.
I also try to select eggs of a similar size. My chickens lay everything from a super jumbo to a rather petite sized egg.
Put cold eggs into a pot and fill with cold water. Turn the heat on high and bring to a boil. As soon as a boil is obtained, set the timer for 10 minutes.
When 10 minutes are up, carefully pour most of the hot water out and flush pot with cold water. I let the water run for a few minutes to quickly lower the temperature of the eggs and pot.Then fill the pot again with cold water and ice cubes. The eggs need to rest in this ice bath for at least 10 minutes so they are completely cooled.
After 10 minutes, remove pot from stove and pour off water. Run cold water over eggs. Pour off water and fill with cold water again.
Add ice to pot and let eggs sit in ice water for 10-15 minutes.
Peel and use or store in refrigerator.
When pouring water out of pot, just pour out as much as possible without dumping the eggs out. It is okay to leave a bit of water on the bottom of the pan.Even following this recipe, you will get the occasional farm fresh egg that will be difficult to peel.