We know this post isn’t going to change the world and we know that this may not be something new, but it’s that time of year where we are all prepping our eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, and we thought we’d share a few of our favorite tips for egg success!
TIP #1- Buy your eggs in advance- OLDER EGGS ARE MUCH EASIER TO PEEL THAN FRESH EGGS! We suggest buying your eggs at least a week in advance, I’ve used some that were about 2 weeks from purchasing them, and they peeled like a dream. So go out and get some eggs today and store them in the back of the fridge till you get ready to boil!
If you haven’t got a week or two to wait, we have tried steaming the eggs in a steamer basket, or even better in your steam oven. The low about of water used while cooking helps to make the shell come off better.
TIP #2- USE AMERICOLOR FOOD COLORING WHEN DYING YOUR EGGS! Yes forget going and buying the little box sets. Use the food coloring you most likely already have in your cupboard. The colors are vibrant, fun, and can be customized easily for unique and special colors. Plus you don’t have to remember to buy the cardboard box set at the store. We will have a great tutorial with that this week!
Tip #3- BOIL YOUR EGGS QUICKLY AND EASILY
We have a foolproof way we LOVE to boil our eggs! Not that it’s a hard concept, but we have had the best luck with this method (cause no one likes that greenish/grey ring around the yolk).
1. Fill a pan with cool water and place eggs in the pan carefully. Make sure that the water covers the eggs completely.
2.Add a teaspoon of vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the water. It may help keep egg whites from running out if an egg does crack while cooking, and the salt will help eggs to peel better after they are boiled.
3. Heat the pot on high heat and bring the water to a full boil.
4. Keep your pan on your stove, but turn off the heat and cover, and let sit for 10-12 minutes.
(If you have an induction, or other stove burner that doesn’t retain any heat when it is off, you can leave the heat on the lowest setting and simmer for a minute or two, and then turn off).
This is where your time will vary a bit. Sometimes if you have a full pan of eggs the time will take a bit longer, or if you like the yolk cooked a little under, or over, you can add or take away a few minutes. Try it out with your eggs, pan and stove a few times- and see how you like it. This is also one of my favorite things to pop in the pot too. The egg will change colors and show me how hard boiled it is!
5.Once you have left for desired time, carefully place in sink and run cold water over the pan to help cool down the water and eggs, and stop them from further cooking.
6. Store eggs in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make sure to keep them covered, they can leave a funny smell in your fridge.
TIP #4- HAVE FUN, INVOLVE THE FAMILY AND MAKE SOME MEMORIES!
Some of my favorite memories of Easter are getting together with our family and making eggs. Writing on each one with crayon before dipping, to make them personalized, or when we line the counter with newspaper and get all the cups full of color and cooling racks full of eggs. Let the kids help, don’t take things too serious, and if all else fails- buy some extra chocolate to take away the stress of the day!