Are you ever too rushed or too un-awake to cook a breakfast? Sometimes I am and that’s when I turn to my secret stash of gold: a small bowl of hard-boiled eggs stored in the fridge.
Hard-boiled eggs are nearly too easy. You just open and eat. If you want, you can really exert yourself and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Or go all the way and slice them, too.
If I find that slick, greenish coating on the yolk, though, I feel less hungry, fast.
Avoiding the green yolk is easy if you know how to boil an egg. Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I love sharing these instructions with anyone who will listen.
To Boil an Egg Hard:
- Be sure eggshells are clean and uncracked. Wash with soap and water just before using. Amazing how many folks don’t mind germs on eggs! Germs can be lethal and some parasites do not die at boiling temperatures.
- Be sure the raw eggs are old enough. Very fresh eggs that are hard-boiled are difficult to peel. Raw eggs will keep a long while under refrigeration; store-bought eggs are usually several months old before you even buy them. I find that if I keep my hennies’ incredibly fresh eggs at least three weeks before I boil them, they are far easier to peel.
- Use a straight-sided pan with a thick bottom. Shown here is a thin, stainless pan with a thick aluminum plate bonded to it.
- Load only the number of eggs that will fit in a single layer into the pan.
- Cover with tepid water at least an inch over the tops of the eggs.
- Add about 1/8 teaspoon salt to water. This supposedly aids with peeling.
- Set pan to heat at medium setting; high heat will crack eggs. Stay nearby and monitor its progress.
- Once water is boiling, set timer and boil for only one minute.
- Remove from heat and cover pan for ten minutes.
- Cool immediately under running cold water. Dry and store hard-boiled eggs in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
That’s all there is to it. If you have followed these instructions exactly, you will have instant wonder-food for your breakfasts, any time you want.
And a couple of eggs plus a cup of coffee will cost you about 25 cents.