We eat a lot of eggs in our house. Our one year old daughter loves perfect hard boiled eggs, and eats them all the time! I love food like Josh's salsa or hard boiled eggs that are not only fantastic on their own, but can also enhance and be added to such a variety of dishes. Hard boiled eggs can be diced and added to salads, my Grandma used to make them into deviled eggs, they can be sliced and added to sandwiches, or as our one year old prefers, they can be eaten warm and plain right after being peeled. For us one of the most important elements in the equation is making sure we're using the best eggs. "Free-range", "Cage-free", "Organic" - each of these has a different definition, and those definitions vary state to state. It's confusing! Once again, let me emphasize that I like to do things the lazy easy way, and when picking out eggs I've found the easiest way is to speak to the farmers who are raising the chickens and collecting the eggs. So when I'm at the Charlotte Farmers Market, or other local market, I ask them how they collect the eggs and why they use whatever particular methods they use. For me this is easier than trying to decipher labels and certifications in grocery stores. When in doubt go to the source!
How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
Start by boiling a pot of water that will completely cover the eggs once they have been added. Once your water is boiling rapidly, gently place each egg in the pot using a spoon (you don't want to burn yourself! And you don't want crack the egg by throwing it in). After your eggs are added turn your heat down just ever so slightly so that your water is still boiling but not in danger of boiling over. Set your timer for 6 1/2 minutes if you like the center to be runny, or 8 minutes if you like the center more solidified.
Drain your eggs and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Keep the cold water running while you peel each egg (we've found this to be a great pain free way to peel hard boiled eggs before they completely cool). Enjoy your perfect hard boiled eggs!
How do you use your hard boiled eggs? Do you have any favorite local farms where you buy your eggs?