Technically, I guess I should have scheduled this post for Easter, but I guess that ship has sailed.
The hard-boiled egg has got to me one of the most precious tips for regular lunch-packers.
In it’s hard-boiled form, an egg is a wonderfully self-contained, individually portioned serving of protein that can be eaten alone or added to greens or made into salad for a sandwich. It makes me so happy.
Almost every week I will make at least a few hard-boiled eggs, as they keep really well in the fridge and they can be a great thing to have on hand to add a burst of protein to your lunch.
Egg Yolks: Really Bad for You?
For a long time, general knowledge had it that eating eggs, specifically the yolks, frequently (once a day, for example) could be bad for you. They pointed to bad levels of cholesterol, leading to heart disease, if consumed too often. However, recent studies have found that to be inaccurate. In fact, the levels of cholesterol in egg yolks are not significant enough to contribute negatively to your health. Rather, it is often the food items most often associated with the eggs (bacon and sausage, for starters), that have been shown to lead to heart disease. In a well-balanced diet, there is no reason to leave eggs out in the cold!
If you eat the whole egg, they are full of nutrients, including vitamins A, B-12, D, as well as folate and choline….basically eating a whole egg gets you a whole lot of bang for your buck. And why wouldn’t you go ahead and make some when they are so easy and so portable!
Don’t deprive yourself!
What you’ll need:
- white vinegar
- Place the eggs in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover them by about 2 1/2 cm.
- Add a dash of vinegar. It helps with the peeling and prevents them from cracking.
- Bring the water to a full boil.
- Once the eggs are boiling, remove the pot from the heat. The rest of the cooking will take place in the residual heat of the water. By slowing down the cooking process, you’re giving yourself a larger window for great eggs, cooked just how you like them!
- For hard-boiled eggs, leave them off the heat for 10 minutes. If you wanted to end up with soft-boiled eggs, it’ll take only 4 minutes off the heat.
- As soon as your timer rings, place them in a bowl of cold water. This stops the cooking process and ensures that your eggs are cooked to just the level you wanted.
For even more details and trouble-shooting on cooking your eggs, No Recipes has a very complete page on soft- and hard-boiled eggs.