My family loves hard boiled eggs. They would eat as many as I could make each week. Unfortunately for them I don’t make them weekly, or even monthly, because no matter what I try it always seems like they end up to be such a hard process. Cooking the eggs is simple, easy, great. Then it comes to peeling them. Headache, nightmare, pain-in-my-behind. I have Google searched tried different processes and just never seem to find anything that works for me. When I came across a pin on Pinterest about the Easiest Hard Boiled Eggs I HAD to give it a try. I followed the instructions to a T.
- I filled my pot with water to and added a hefty pinch of baking soda. I added my eggs, which were a week old and bought at Publix (people say older eggs peel more easily.) Then, I turned the heat on the burner to high.
- I waited for the eggs to come to a rolling boil. In reading the comments on the post many people complained that their eggs were soft boiled instead of hard boiled and there was great discussion on bringing the water to a rolling boil. You can see below the difference between starting to boil and a rolling boil. Mine was definitely a rolling boil as instructed.
- After the water reached a rolling boil I removed it from the heat and set the timer for 15 min.
- I then poured off the hot water, added cold water to cover the eggs and packed a ton of ice into it until it wasn’t melting away. No pictures for this step since the power then went out and the kitchen was dark! I am so glad I finished the boiling before that happened!
- After waiting about 15 minutes the water was icy cold and I poured it off again and started the bumping process. This was where the exciting magic was all supposed to happen but wah-wah-wah no magic took place in my pot. I was instructed to put on the lid and shake the eggs around the shells would just fall off. I tried to balance the process bouncing them around enough to crack them but not shaking them enough to open the pot to deviled eggs. As you can see VERY little shell came off. I bumped a bit harder, and then even more, same results. To me this was no different than just rolling the egg on the counter to break up the shell.
All in all I ended up peeling the eggs in the sink. About 95% of the peel was still on the egg. Major disappointment. All was not lost though. I do think the eggs were easier to peel than normal but I ended up with some spectacularly ugly eggs that only a mother could love. Also, I did not have any issues with the eggs being cooked all the way through and true hard boiled eggs like some had commented. In the end I think that my family will continue their hard boiled egg deprivation… at least until the next tutorial pops up!
How much did I like this project? I loved the idea. I hated the result!
Unexpected Happenings? The eggs didn’t shed their shells during “bumping” and they ended up to be UG-LAY!