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Three Ways to Hard Boil Eggs

4 Comments | Written on June 27, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Did you know, hard boiled eggs don’t always have to be boiled?  That’s right, I have gathered three different ways to cook eggs.

Read all about it and pick your favorite method!

Keep reading for the cooking methods…

Before we begin, here are a few hard boiled eggs facts:

-Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel after they are hard boiled.  Keep them in the refrigerator for about a week before cooking for easier peeling.

-Speaking of peeling, hard boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after they are cooled.  The cooling causes the egg to slightly contract inside the shell.

-Hard boiled eggs (still in the shell) can be refrigerated safely for up to one week.   Once the eggs have been peeled, you should eat them that day.

 1)  Stovetop Method

This is the boiling method most of us are familiar with for cooking eggs.

Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan.  Add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch.  Heat over high heat until just boiling.  Remove from burner and cover pan.  Let eggs stand in the hot water for about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large).  Drain and cool under cold running water.  Transfer to a bowl of ice water until completely cool.  Peel and enjoy or refrigerate for later use.

For me, this has been my tried and true method for years.  It they turn out perfectly every time – no yucky green ring!  The only downside is that you have to keep a close watch on the water to make sure you see when it just starts boiling.   (There have been some times where I walked away and the water boiled for far too long!)

 2)  Oven Method

Another way to cook eggs is in the oven!

Eggs can be placed in the well of a muffin pan and baked at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.  After the eggs come out of the oven, cool under cold running water.  Transfer to a bowl of ice water until completely cool.  Peel and enjoy or refrigerate for later use.

I was really excited to try this cooking method for the first time.  Most of the eggs turned out great.  However, I did discover some “hot spots” in my oven where one of the eggs overcooked a bit and cracked.  (See photo above)

I think this is very easy, you just might need to experiment with your particular oven to adjust the time accordingly.

3)  Slow Cooker Method

Finally, I read that you can use a slow cooker to hard boil eggs.  I love this idea!

All you have to do is place the eggs in a single layer and add cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.  Then simply set the slow cooker to high for two hours.  Drain and cool under cold running water.  Transfer to a bowl of ice water until completely cool.  Peel and enjoy or refrigerate for later use.

I have to say, I think this will be my “go-to” method from here on out!  I loved that I could just walk away and not have to worry about watching for the pot to boil.  They turned out perfectly and tasted great!

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