How to cook the perfect hard boiled eggs for Easter? What is the secret that helps avoiding cracking? It seems that there is nothing easier than boiling an egg but let’s be honest – we have all had cracked eggs and we have all seen over boiled eggs with a green ring around the yolk. You will probably be surprised, but even this simple process has its own little secrets so we shall help you with important tips how to choose and boil Easter eggs without cracking them.
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How to buy eggs and check their freshness?
To boil eggs, you need to buy them first. The question of choosing eggs is not relevant only at Easter time. Many people wonder whether they should choose fresh ones or just go to the supermarket and get what’s available. It is true that eggs have a relatively long shelf life. As per experts, fresh eggs (up to two days) are ideal for breakfast and eggs older than five days are recommended for Easter as they boil easier and peel better. If you buy unpackaged eggs from the supermarket, check each one. How to check the freshness of eggs?
The most obvious thing to do is to check the expiration date on the carton.
Shake them. A stale egg has a squishing sound which is missing when the eggs are fresh.
Do the float test – fill a tall glass with water and pop the egg in. If it sinks and lies horizontally at the bottom, it’s fresh. If the eggs floats a little vertically and tilts halfway, it’s not so fresh but is fine. If it floats, it’s stale.
Crack an egg onto a flat plate. First check out the yolk. A fresh egg’s yolk sits high proudly in the center of the plate and the thick part of the egg white is clearly defined and sitting close to the yolk. A stale egg yolk will sit flat and look a little deflated and the white is runny.
How to boil Easter eggs without cracking them – step by step instructions
Cooking eggs for Easter is a very responsible process. Here’s the most essential information how to boil Easter eggs without cracking them. It doesn’t matter whether you want to boil five or twenty five eggs. The principles are the same.
- Check the quality of the eggs in advance;
- Do not boil eggs that have just been removed from the refrigerator. They need to be kept at room temperature for about an hour;
- Choose the right cookware. Always use a pot suitable for the number of eggs you want to cook. If there is too much space, the eggs can bump into each other and crack. Do not crowd the eggs in the pot either. Boil one layer of eggs at a time;
- When boiling, you can add a tablespoon of salt to the water;
- Use a timer;
- After your eggs are cooked, immediately cool them in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Here is how to boil Easter eggs without cracking them:
Cover eggs with cool water by 1 inch/2,5 cm.
Add half a teaspoon of salt to the water. This makes the eggs easier to peel, and it may help prevent them from cracking.
Place the sauce pan on the stove and slowly bring water to a boil over medium heat. When the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 12 minutes.
Transfer eggs to a colander and place under cool running water to stop the cooking process.