Want to get super frustrated? Do what I did one hour before a dinner party. One of my guests loves deviled eggs. I had not intended on making them, but when I saw her at work, she said, “hope you’re making deviled eggs”. I thought, of course I can whip up a batch for her. Not thinking it through, I boiled the eggs, turned off the stove and let them sit while I ran upstairs to get ready for my guests. I came down twenty minutes before the arrivals, and started to peel the eggs. Oh no, the shells were stuck like glue to the egg whites. I tried running under cold water but it just kept getting more and more frustrating. I ended up making a deviled egg salad with cut up eggs, mayo, mustard, apple cider vinegar. She actually loved it, but I was mortified. To make matters worse, I clogged my sink with egg shells. Who knew that egg shells can mess with your garbage disposal.
Lesson Learned – Since them I use this tried and true method of making easy to peel hard boiled eggs.
Step One: Let fresh eggs sit out of the refrigerator for 15 minutes before boiling them. You want the shells to be somewhat roon temperature as not to crack the shell when it goes into the water.
Step Two: Place eggs carefully in a pot of water. Make sure the eggs are covered by the water.
Step Three: Turn on stove burner and let cook for 20 minutes. Watch to make sure the water doesn’t boil over.
Step Four: Five minutes before the twenty minutes is over, create an ice bath in a large bowl. Fill bowl with ice and add water.
Step Five: When eggs are boiled, spoon out eggs one at a time into the ice bath. Do not dump all the eggs into the ice bath as you may crack the eggs.
Step Six: Let eggs sit in ice bath for 10 minutes. If using soon, peel the eggs. If using later, put eggs in a bowl and refrigerate until use.