If you’ve seen It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, then you’ll know how hard it is to hard boil the perfect egg for Easter. But your eggs don’t have to suffer the same fate as Marcy and Peppermint Patty’s did. The Egg Board offers their tips on how to hard boil eggs for Easter. Your little bunnies will be ever so hoppy.
Don’t Use Fresh Eggs
If you thought that using fresh eggs would be the best way to start off your Easter eggs, think again. As it turns out, very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. Instead, buy and refrigerate eggs a week or even 10 days prior to cooking them to make peeling a cinch. Why? Well, giving the eggs extra time allows the eggs to “breathe”, and this additional air helps separate the membranes from the shell.
Let Eggs Cool Before Peeling
Although you might be tempted to crack open the shells as soon as they’re done boiling, it’s best to let eggs cool first. Cooling causes the eggs to contract slightly in their shells, which makes peeling easy peasy. When it’s time to peel, gently tap the egg on the countertop until the shell is finely cracked all over, then roll it between your hands to loosen the shell. Peel starting at the large end and hold the egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.
Don’t Overboil Your Eggs
Sure, you don’t want runny yolks in your Easter eggs, but the alternative (overcooked eggs) isn’t ideal, either. If you boil them for too long, you run the risk of getting a garish green ring that can form around hard-boiled eggs. This occurs as a result from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk, and typically happens when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature.
Here’s How To Boil Easter Eggs
Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat over high heat just to boiling. Remove from burner and cover the pan. Let eggs stand in hot water about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 for extra large eggs). Cool completely under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water.
Enjoy Eggs For Up To A Week
Easter might only last for a day, but that doesn’t mean your eggs only have that long. In fact, hard-boiled eggs still in the shell can be refrigerated safely for up to one week. If you plan to peel, then your eggs should be eaten that day. And if you have any leftover uncooked eggs, well, they can stay fresh in your fridge for up to a month — or more.
Boiling Easter eggs isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, especially if you’re unsure of how to cook them properly. But with these tips, you’ll be able to have plenty of eggs to peel, eat, decorate, and hide, just in time for Easter.