How to Hard-Boil an Egg
Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 7:00 am
A popular part of the celebration of Easter involves eggs. Children find it incredibly fun to mix the dyes, add stickers, and decorate eggs. Before they can get started, parents are going to need to take the time to hard-boil those eggs. Here is everything you need to know about how to hard-boil an egg.
How to hard-boil an egg
Martha Stewart has a very simple explanation about how to make sure your eggs are properly hard boiled. She suggests you boil 12 large eggs at the same time. It is also advisable to make sure the eggs are room temperature before you begin.
First, place all the eggs in a saucepan. Cover them with cool water. Make sure the water covers the eggs completely by 1 inch. Slowly bring the water to a boil over medium heat. When the water has reached a boil, cover the saucepan and remove it from heat. Let it sit for twelve minutes.
After that, transfer the eggs to a colander. Place the colander (and the eggs) under cool running water to stop the cooking. If you have followed the steps correctly, the eggs can be peeled and served immediately.
How to tell if eggs are still good
It is vital that you make sure that the eggs are good before you hard-boil them. One quick way to tell if the eggs that are in your refrigerator are still good is to take a look at the expiration date that is in the egg carton. If the date has passed by, it is probably a good idea to purchase a fresh carton of eggs.
Another way to tell if an egg is still good is to place it into a bowl that has been filled with cold water. Wait to see what happens. If the egg floats to the top, that is a sign that the egg is rotten. Eggs that are still good will sink to the bottom of the bowl. Mythbusters tested this, and can conform that a rotten egg will float in water (because its density is less than one).
The Food and Drug Administration advises that you store eggs in their original carton and use them up within 3 weeks of purchase. The Food Network points out that eggs (including hard-boiled Easter eggs) should be out of the refrigerator for no more than two hours. Eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours should not be eaten.