hard-boiled eggs

by Patricia on May 11, 2009 · 8 comments

As a kid, I had a love-hate relationship with eggs.  I loved deviled eggs.  And egg salad.  I hated fried eggs. But not always.  I can distinctly remember a time in my early childhood when I would happily eat eggs with my pancakes and even dip the syrup-soaked bites into the runny yolk just like my mom did.  And I ate poached eggs on toast with my dad regularly. Then at some point around age eight, I decided I didn’t like eggs.  Or rather, I only liked  the stinky eggs as my ex-husband called them (he hated the stinky eggs and I hated the non-stinky eggs.  It made breakfasts difficult). I suppose whether or not it was coincidence that my dislike for fried eggs manifested itself around the time my mom remarried is something for a therapist to figure out.

Anyway, one day in my late twenties I decided to give eggs another try.  I started out always eating it with something more powerful in flavor.  But you know what?  It didn’t take long for me to get over the hate.  And I love them now.  I’m in my thirties, living alone with two cats, and I love eggs (Ok, my situation is not as bleak as that last sentence sounded. I have more love in my life than just eggs. I’m lucky to have found a wonderful man who loves when I cook eggs for him).  Who knew I’d come around so whole-heartedly?  Now, I sometimes find ways to add eggs to a meal just because (even ramen… well, especially ramen. I love to add veggies like bok choy and then poach an egg in the broth while the noodles are cooking).

Even though I always liked hard boiled eggs and dishes made from them, it took me years to learn to properly cook a hard-boiled eggs.  Not for lack of trying, it was just lack of patience or brain cells.  I would always forget how long the eggs needed to cook or forget to set a timer and walk away and then forget about the eggs on the stove.  So I overcooked a lot of eggs to the point that the yolks were dry.  But now, thanks to the “spinach salad” episode of Good Eats, I know how to cook a hard-boiled egg… reliably.  And best of all, you cannot over-boil it to the point of all of the water evaporating from the pot and the egg exploding.  I hear that can be very messy. Don’t try it.

Hard boiled eggs

Hard-boiled eggs:

I don’t mean to insult anyone’s intelligence by writing out the steps on how to boil an egg, but I’m happy to have a method that works that I can remember and so I wanted to share it (just in case there is anyone as clueless as I am out there.  Unlikely, but a girl can dream).

1. Place eggs in a pot.  Fill the pot with enough water to cover the eggs.

2. When the water begins to boil,  cover the pot and remove it from the heat.  Let eggs sit in the hot water for 12 minutes.

3. Immerse eggs in cold water.

4. Peel and eat (don’t forget the salt!)


1 Brit Hammer November 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

Eggs are one of my all-time fave foods, like potatoes. I can eat eggs on most anything. Must be the Norwegian in me (?) Hard-boiled eggs on pizza with thin slices of Norwegian brown goat-cheese, hard-boiled eggs with REAL strawberry preserve…and Norwegian brown goat cheese on crusty, fresh brown bread… Armand makes fun of this weird “thing” I have for eggs. But I just LOVE eggs! Poached, fried, scrambled, soft or hard-boiled. Any way is fine….just not raw. That’s where I draw the line.

2 fj May 18, 2009 at 12:28 am

What a clear pic of the eggs!! You can even make out the salt crystals! I love your camera lens… which one do you use? All your pics are simply fabulous!!!

3 Patricia May 20, 2009 at 2:37 am

Hi FJ,
Thanks! I used the Canon 100mm macro lens for this pic. I use it for most of my food pics these days. It’s a great lens.

4 Molly May 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Woah!! Remove the eggs from the heat and just let them sit in the hot water for 12 minutes? I had no idea. Cool!

And blowing on the egg to peel it? Double cool! (Who knew?)

And by the way, you didn’t insult my intelligence. In fact, I needed this. I *always* forget how to hard-boil an egg. I’m glad I’m not alone! ;-)

5 Patricia May 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm

@Rachel Cotterill – I learned the habit of eating eggs with pancakes from my mom. I love pancakes on their own but sometimes an egg on the side takes it to another level for me.

@Min L. – Woah. I’ve never seen that before! That’s crazy… just like opening a beer bottle with a folded up piece of paper. Have you tried blowing an egg to peel it? Does it really work? Hmm. I may try it next time… though I’m skeptical :)

@Amanda – It’s a new discovery for me but I’m so glad to have found this method because like you said, it does work like a charm.

6 Amanda May 12, 2009 at 1:54 am

That’s the same method I use, works like a charm :)

7 Min L. May 11, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Ah, they used to sell these on trains in Korea, long ago. They bring me back memories :-)

I didn’t know you can just let them sit in hot water to cook. I always boiled them for 10-minutes, on heat. Your method is much more green.

I’m sure you know how to peel it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rch4d9g3ZA4

8 Rachel Cotterill May 11, 2009 at 8:48 am

I had a similar egg hatred (though I hated hard boiled most of all) but now I love eggs for breakfast… though I don’t quite understand the American habit of having eggs with sweet pancakes, maybe I just have to try it! :)

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