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How to SAFELY boil eggs for Easter coloring and eating……

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I know that most of you reading this are probably thinking, I know how to boil an egg.  Do you really? Hard boiled so that it is safe for your kids to eat and color? Throw them in a pan, cover with water, turn on high heat and boil for a couple hours (kidding of course).  That is how I thought you boiled eggs for a very long time.  I was missing so much!  According to the Incredible Egg website there is more to it.  Check it out!




Step 1PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. HEAT over high heat just to boiling. REMOVE from burner. COVER pan.
Step 2LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large).
Step 3DRAIN immediately and serve warm. OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.

Insider Info

Banish the greenish ring. This harmless but unsightly discoloration that sometimes forms around hard-boiled yolks results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. Our method – cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately – minimizes this.

Food safety precaution: Piercing shells before cooking is not recommended. If not sterile, the piercer or needle can introduce bacteria into the egg. Also, piercing creates hairline cracks in the shell, through which bacteria can enter after cooking.

Never microwave eggs in shells. Steam builds up too quickly inside and eggs are likely to explode.

Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking. This brief “breather” allows the eggs time to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shell.

Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.

To peel a hard-boiled egg: Gently tap egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Starting peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.

Storage time: In the shell, hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated safely up to one week. Refrigerate in their original carton to prevent odor absorption. Once peeled, eggs should be eaten that day.

High altitude cooking: It’s almost impossible to hard-cook eggs above 10,000 feet.

Did you catch this little things there? Start with cold water? How about bringing to a boil and then removing them? I missed all of these important things.  I hope that this helps you this Easter Holiday, and beyond.  everyone loves hard boiled egg recipes!



4 thoughts on “How to SAFELY boil eggs for Easter coloring and eating……

  1. We need to do eggs with the grandkids. Thank you for the tips

  2. I didn’t know to remove the eggs from heat. I just let them boil for a few minutes. I must be overcooking mine!

  3. Thanks for the great tips, these will come in handy as my daughter and I start all our Easter projects this week!

  4. Several things I didn’t know here: let them breath, how long they’ll keep, etc. Good to know!

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