Cooking Eggs!!!, in this post I would talk about Hard Boiled eggs. Although the name suggests hard boiled, it is not hard but soft and tender. Sometime back I had written a post on Egg Handling, please refer to the same to efficiently handle eggs.
Ok now, how do we positilvely boil an egg to perfection? This is how, to make a perfect hard boiled egg one can cook the egg at 65 degree Celcius for about six hours to achieve a tender white and a semi solid yolk or follow a fool proof method as below
- Place the eggs gently in an empty pot. Some sources recommend making a shallow hole with a pin at the flatter end so that it'll let the expanding air escape thus reducing the chance of cracking but studies have shown this isn't a reliable technique.Adding salt or vinegar to the water, however, may help the proteins in the white coagulate faster so any cracks in the shell quickly get plugged.
- Fill the pot with enough cold tap water to completely cover eggs with about 1 inch or 3 cm of water over them. If the water is cold, the eggs will take longer to cook. If the water is hot, though, you may risk the water getting too hot and overcooking the eggs. Put on a lid.
- Bring the water to a roiling boil over high heat, then immediately remove from heat. As soon as the water reaches the boiling point, remove the pot from the heat. Don't remove the lid so that the water doesn't cool off too quickly. You want it to hover at a temperature close to but below boiling. Leave the eggs in the hot water for ten minutes. It is important you do not time the ten minutes until the water started boiling. If you set the timer before that, you will end up with soft-boiled eggs. And if you set it too late or let the eggs linger at boiling temperature, the yolks will turn a slight greenish color and begin to smell like sulfur.
- Stop the cooking process. Chill the eggs by placing them under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water. Let them sit for a few minutes until the egg is completely cooled.
- Peel the eggs when they're cool enough to handle. Source : www.wikihow.com
There you go, you'll have a perfect hard boiled egg if you are to follow the steps judiciously. Also, you'd be interested in knowing an sure shot effective way to peel a boiled egg. I had mentioned in my previous post that I would list the Travancore Cuisine's popular dishes and recipes. I would do that in my next post.