The Easter bunny has been hoping down the bunny trail and he stopped by East Lansing to ask me to do some serious experiments this Easter…perfecting the hard-boiled egg. I have been annoyingly attempting to peel eggs for years now and normally lose half the egg from the shell being stuck to it! I decided enough is enough and tried a strategy for hard-boiled eggs I saw on the Food Network, and Giada de Laurentiis assures you that this is the perfect way to hard-boil an egg.
I put three eggs in a pot and filled the water to about an inch higher than the eggs. Once the water began to boil I took the pot off the heat and covered it. Then left the eggs for 10 minutes, then placed them in cold water for 5 minutes. I was so excited to peels these and yep, same old annoying thing! I lost half the egg in the shell and eventually gave up and threw the egg away. So, let round 2 begin ding, ding, ding. I did some more research and read that you should leave about an inch of water in the pot and peel the egg in the water. I did this and it worked a lot better but not perfect. I thought to myself whatever this is good enough, then my mom brought it to my attention that I had grabbed the eggs from the fridge that were already hard boiled for dyeing eggs. So, if there is one bit of advice I can give you for boiling eggs it is to use fresh eggs and not already hard-boiled ones!
I had to do one more test to find out if I had really figured out the trick. I boiled 3 eggs again (BTW I was using large eggs) once the water began to boil I covered it and let sit for 12 minutes then placed the eggs in a cold-water bath for 5 minutes. As I began to peel the eggs in the inch of water the shell basically fell off! Bingo! Easter bunny I didn’t fail you!