January 28, 2013

How to Hard Boil an Egg

My son gets in these grooves where he will only eat one thing for breakfast for weeks on end.  In the past its been blueberry waffles, Honey Nut Chex, a bagel, and most recently pancakes. Who knows why he does this, but it does take take the guess work out of what to put in front of him first thing in the morning.

The one thing that is annoying though, is that you never know when he is going to change his mind and pick something else.  I have about four boxes of Eggo waffles sitting in my freezer just waiting for the call.  It got me to thinking, maybe I should head him off at the pass, and try to dictate what his next breakfast choice will be.

This is why I made hard boiled eggs.

If you search for how to make them there are a billion different ways to go about it.  The only constant is that you need to boil water.  That I am sure we can all do, at least most of us anyway.  So how DO you boil an egg?  Just follow these simple steps:

First and foremost you need to have some eggs.  Without this process you, are just going to be boiling water.  I guess you could use it to make pasta, and while we all know that the kids will eat that, mine is not eating pasta for yet another meal.

The second step is crucial.  You need to remove the eggs from the carton and place them in a pot.

Then you need to fill the pot with the coldest water that you can find.  Mine seems to work best when you flip the handle to the right and turn it on.  Cold water will then fill your pot.

Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat on.  Since I have a gas stove I can tell the heat is on by noticing the little blue flame.  If you have an electric one, I assume sparks will start flying and you smell  the burning remnants of last nights dinner.

Timing is the most crucial aspect of this process.  Once your water starts to boil, remove the eggs from  the heat, cover the pot and set your timer for 20 minutes.

Now what you do in this 20 minutes is completely up to you.  You could play with your child, read them a book, or you could do what I do and read up on all of my gossip magazines.  I find it simply amazing that Paula Deen could get us all fat with her recipes, and now try and make us skinny with new recipes.  She is basically stealing money from all of us.

After 20 minutes is up, immediately cool your eggs off with cold water.  Simply repeat the process you did before.

So now we have the moment of truth.  What will the egg be like on the inside?  Will it be all rubbery from cooking too long?  Will it still have a somewhat undone yolk?  Will the yolk be green?

Ladies and gentlemen, a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg that my son will not eat because he is currently on an oatmeal kick.  I have to say that I make the worlds worst oatmeal, so if anyone has any tips for me on that I would greatly appreciate it.

One last important thing, make sure you label your newly hard boiled eggs.  It could get messy if you choose the wrong carton.

How do you hard boil an egg?

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?



  1. I don't like hard boiled eggs, so I couldn't tell you how to do it. Sorry. Now oatmeal... Quaker Instant Oats. Put two packets in a bowl, fill the bowl with milk until the oats start to float a bit, but not so much that it covers them totally. MICROWAVE for a minute and a half. Stir.

    Add a cut up banana for extra potassium.


  2. My next post will be about how to make egg salad.

  3. Thanks! This might be his meal for the next month.

  4. Baked oatmeal is really good. You put it together the night before and bake it in the morning. You can vary the ingredients, apples, brown sugar, maple syrup. Whatever you like.

  5. My kids love hard boiled eggs. Just looking at soft boiled ones makes them think they are going to die, as I discovered when their grandmother made them for them recently.
    I put food coloring and vinegar into the water when I boil them so the shells are colored so we know which are hard boiled and which are raw. And, cuz it's fun.

  6. Look for the one's with Dinosaur eggs that change color. That oatmeal is always a winner with the kids. :)

  7. A hard-boiled egg spins madly when you give a twirl, like a top; a raw egg will not. Although I like the colored water and vinegar idea, that just sounds fun. I always start out with room temperature eggs, that seems to help.
    And just don't, DON'T, get me started about Paula Dean, she broke up with butter and that is simply not cool. Great stuff, as always, thanks.

  8. Okay. That looks hella complicated. Can you make it into an ebook so I can prop my nook next to the stove? Thanks.