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[Recipe] Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs have been one of those things that seem so easy to make, yet are so hard to get "looking good."  The yolk is often smushed to one side, and the outside white frequently looks like it was the survivor of a chain saw massacre.  Yet there is hope!

[Recipe] Hard Boiled Eggs
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Hard Boiled Eggs That Come Out Perfect
  • Eggs -- as many as you want, but don't crowd -- room temperature
  • Ice for water bath after steaming
  1. Rotate eggs 180 deg for half hour prior to cooking, to center the yolk
  2. Boil water in a vegetable steamer. I have one I used for crab that I bought at Costco that works perfectly.
  3. Insert eggs into steamer basket.
  4. Steam for 12 min at sea level, or 14 min here in the Cuenca Andes of Ecuador
  5. Drop into an ice bath for 15 min. Do not leave too much longer, or the eggs will get hard.
  6. Crush the shells all the way around, and peel under running water.
  7. The results will be perfect eggs that look like they came from a cookbook (instead of the Chain Saw Massacre horror flick mine used to resemble!)

The "prep time" listed is actually the ice bath time.  The only prep needed is to boil the water in the steamer.

Note that I actually found this recipe online.  I have been using it for the last year or so, and it comes out as near to perfect as you can get.  The original can be found here.

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