There’s nothing more satisfying than peeling the shell off of a boiled egg. The squishy, yet firm white of the egg underneath is the perfect way to brighten up your meals—salads, bowls, stir fries, and more.
These vibrant little nuggets are filled with delicious flavor that creates one of the easiest, and healthiest snacks.
What’s the catch? Getting the perfect hard-boiled egg is much easier said than done.
Don’t fret. We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you get the perfect boiled eggs every single time.
Testing Your Eggs
Before boiling your eggs, it’s important to test them for freshness. This simple test will help you find the best eggs for boiling.
Step 1: Add your eggs into a large pot
Step 2: Fill the pot with enough cold water to fill cover the eggs by one inch
Step 3: Watch and assess
All eggs should sink somewhat to the bottom of the bowl, but if an egg floats, trash it immediately.
When an egg floats, this means that the egg is past its freshness and has gone bad.
To tell if eggs are completely fresh, they should lay flat on their side against the bottom of the bowl.
Those that are slightly tilted upwards are about one week past their freshest point, but are still enjoyable.
If an egg is standing on its point, this means that it is two to three weeks past its freshest point, but again, still entirely edible—just cook them sooner than others.
Egg Boiling Time Table
Now that you have the eggs you want to boil chosen, it’s time to get started.
Remove the eggs from the pot of cold water and place it over high heat until the water starts to boil. Once boiling, add the eggs, remove from the heat, and cover with a lid. Adding the eggs to already boiling water helps the shells come off with ease.
Pro tip: To get rid of the sulfur-y taste that hard-boiled eggs can have, add a few drops of vinegar into the water!
Have a timer at-the-ready to achieve the perfect boiled eggs for your liking.
Boiling eggs is always tricky. Use this simple time table to get the best, most delicious boiled egg each and every time.
The longer you let the eggs sit in the boiling water, the more cooked they will be.
Three Minutes: At three minutes, the egg whites are beginning to solidify but the yolks are completely liquid.
Four Minutes: At four minutes, the yolk has become a bit thicker and the whites are completely solid.
Six Minutes: At six minutes, the egg white is completely solid and the yolk is mostly set. This gives a slightly runny center.
10 Minutes: At 10 minutes, you have a tender hard boiled egg. The whites are solid and the yolk has completely set, but is still soft.
15 Minutes: At 15 minutes, you’ll have a perfect hard-boiled egg. The white and yolk will be completely solid. The yolk will be a slightly lighter yellow and completely firm.
Health Benefits of Hard-Boiled Eggs
You may not know it, but hard-boiled eggs are filled with delicious benefits that can not only help curb your hunger, but help you get healthy. Here’s a few of the most compelling benefits that you can expect to get from incorporating hard-boiled eggs into your diet.
Good (and Quick) Source of Protein
No matter if you’re looking to build muscle mass or increase your daily energy levels, packing protein into your diet is a must. Eggs are naturally possess high levels of protein, but making eggs for breakfast every morning might not be possible for your busy schedule. By hard boiling eggs, you can bring your protein on-the-go! Pop one in your lunch box for an added boost of protein when you need it most!
Filled with Good-for-you Fats
Boiled eggs are filled with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—these are the good kinds. These fats work to stabilize your blood cholesterol levels, lowering your overall risk of heart disease.
Improves Eye Health
Eggs are packed with sources of Vitamin A. This vitamin is one of the main components of solid eye health. Vitamin A helps absorb light in your retinas while protecting your cornea. Consuming more vitamin A might even help lessen the possibility of becoming night blind.
Keeps Bones & Teeth Strong
Another major vitamin in eggs is vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, the nutrient your bones and teeth need to become healthy and strong.
If you’re looking to change your snacking habits, hard-boiled eggs are a great option. Not only do you receive all of the benefits we just talked about, but they’re also extremely low in calories. Just one boiled egg contains around 80 calories, most of them coming from the yolk. If you’re looking to limit your consumption of calories, you can eat the egg whole, or remove the yolk for an even lower calorie snack!
Put Your Knowledge to the Test!
Ready to try these tips and tricks in your kitchen? Here are four of our top meal kits that featuring hard-boiled eggs!
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