Eggs are fragile, all right. One little slippery finger and instead of breakfast what you’ve got there in the kitchen is a mess. With so many different ways to cook and prepare eggs for dining at your disposal, is it any wonder that there are so many different ways for things to go wrong? If you want to ensure that the trip from the egg carton to your stomach goes as well as you hope when your goal is to boil those eggs to hardness, you might want to peruse the following tips for avoiding disaster.
Avoiding Cracked Eggs
If you love hard boiled eggs, chances are you have more than once come up against the common unpleasantness of the egg cracking apart during the boiling process. Few things in the kitchen can be more unappetizing than the sight of egg shell floating away and leaving the gooey half-cooked white flapping in its wake. The solution to avoiding your egg cracking when boiling is to take a pin or needle and pierce the the egg on top of the large end. If the egg still manages to crack despite this, pour a little a vinegar into the water at the first sign of cracking and this may help to seal shell before things get out of hand.
Centering the Yolks
When boiling eggs for the purpose of serving them deviled, you may want to aim for perfect symmetry. Meaning, that is, hard boiled eggs that when slice in half all feature yolks as close to perfectly centered as possible. Even if you are not going to make deviled eggs, you may desire this symmetry of centered yolk holes. Believe it or not, but you can be proactive in reaching this state. Centered yolks in a batch of hard boiled eggs requires patience and stamina, however. If you are not prepared to stand over the boiling pot and continuously stir the water, you should probably give up on the great dream of centered yolks.
Removing the shell from a hard-boiled egg can be a tricky thing. To begin with, trying to peel away the shell too soon after boiling is only going to result in burning your fingers, so give the eggs time to cool down. Even better is a little tip that combines two advantages. Keep the hard-boiled eggs totally submerged in cold water for about a minute or two. This will cool the egg enough to prevent burning and also allows the shell to easily be stripped away. Some people prefer to run a hard-boiled egg under a stream of cold water to accomplish the same effect.
Green Eggs and No Ham
You really can eat green eggs and be perfectly healthy. Of course, the sight of green eggs may put you off the idea of eating. When you allow an egg to boil to the point of being overcooked, it can often take on a greenish sort of glow. There’s really not much recourse for dealing with boiled eggs that have taken on this greenish appearance, but there is a lot you can do to make sure it never happens again. Set your timer for around ten minutes. That should be more than enough to ensure that your eggs get boiled to proper hardness while reminding you of the situation should your mind start to wander as time passes.
Slicing Through Yolks
A common problem when attempting to slice through a hard-boiled egg is a yolk that refuses to cooperate. Boiled egg whites are firm enough to cut through cleanly, but the yolk often remains crumbly. Dipping your knife into water before you start slicing through the boiled egg can go a long way towards averting this problem.
The easiest way to diagnose whether an egg is boiled or not is to never store boiled and uncooked eggs together. But for the sake of argument let’s say that particular ship has long since sailed. You can determine the difference between a hard-boiled egg and its uncooked neighbor by attempting to spin them on their side. If the egg spins perfect around, it has been boiled.
Boiling Cracked Eggs
If you are in the mood for a hard-boiled egg only to open up the carton and discover all that’s left are eggs that have already started to crack, don’t give up. You can still successfully boil an egg even when there are already small cracks in the shell. Gingerly wrap the egg completely within a second shell of aluminum foil. Then place in water and go about the process as usual.