Steps to Cooking Hard Boiled Eggs So the Egg Shells Do Not Stick

Food/Cooking - General
By: ListMaker    
22-Dec-2010

Introduction:If you're one of the people who always had trouble getting the shell off a hard boiled egg, you need to know the top five steps to cooking hard boiled eggs so the egg shells do not stick. Short of investing in an electric egg cooker (which isn't all that bad an idea...), all you'll need to make perfect cooked hard boiled eggs every time is a pan with a top, water, and eggs - yes, it's that simple. Come along and learn a tried and true method so you'll never cuss another hard boiled egg as you fight getting the egg shell off the thing.

  • 01

    Make Hard Boiled Eggs With Older Eggs

    One of the reasons that the shell sticks to a hard boiled egg is that the egg is too fresh, if you can believe it! Actually, it's true. There is a membrane inside the egg that, in fresh eggs, adheres to the shell - there's some biology involved in an egg's aging process that changes the pH inside the egg making it easy to shell, but I won't bore you with the details. Also, an older egg will begin to shrink very slightly inside the egg and the egg white will pull apart from the membrane. So, to ensure the best hard boiled eggs, start with eggs that have been stored at least a few days in the refrigerator. Note: one side effect of an aging egg is that the egg white, which protects the yolk inside the egg shell will lose the ability to hold the yolk in place. That's why, sometimes, you can cut into a hard boiled egg and find the yolk at one end. To prevent this, store eggs on their side in the refrigerator. This will help the yolk to stay centered inside the shell.

  • 02

    Put Eggs to Be Hard Boiled In Cold Water and Boil 5 Minutes

    Fill a pan 3/4 full with cold water and carefully add in your eggs. It's best to use a pan which holds just the number of eggs you're boiling so that the eggs don't move around too much as they boil. This will minimize cracking while cooking. Make sure there is at least 1/2" of water on top of the eggs (Note: older eggs will float - a good sign).

  • 03

    Place the Uncovered Pan on the Stove and Bring to a Boil

    Bring the water to a hard boil and boil the eggs for 5 minutes only. Others may say to boil the eggs longer but an overcooked hard boiled egg won't have yolks that are perfectly yellow; instead, a dark lining will form around the outside of the yolk. If you're making egg salad, you're going to want those egg yolks right yellow so boiling 5 minutes it is - there's more cooking time to come...

  • 04

    Cover the Pot and Leave It Where It Is

    Turn OFF the stove, cover the pot, and let the eggs sit on the burner another 5 minutes. Make sure to leave it right on the hot burner.

  • 05

    Plunge, Cool, and Peel

    After the eggs have been sitting on the stove 5 minutes, plunging the hot eggs immediately into cold water (or, even better, an ice bath) will shrink the egg inside the shell and pull the egg away from the membrane inside the egg shell. Let cool at least 5 minutes or until you can feel no heat at all coming from the hard boiled egg when you pick it up. Peel the egg by striking it lightly against the counter top and rolling your palm (with very light pressure) over the egg shell. Remove the shell and enjoy your perfectly cooked hard boiled egg.




Final Thoughts

Ok, so you took the advice and you should have learned the top 5 steps to cooking hard boiled eggs so their egg shells do not stick. You've tried it and you're cussing me because the egg shell is stuck. Sometimes, no matter WHAT, a shell will stick. It's just a law of nature. That's why, in the resource section below, I'll included an article about how I can always shell a hard boiled egg, even with a nasty egg shell (hint: I use a spoon....).


Supporting Links



Comments

Post A Comment

Submit Comment



Need a Top Five List Idea?

select one here...

  • The Top Five Foods for Diabetics
  • The Top Five Five Smart Phones
  • The Top Five Universities for MBA
  • The Top Five Spyware Removal Systems
  • The Top Five Clues for Crossword Puzzles
  • The Top Five Creative Ways to Ask a Girl to ...
  • The Top Five Planets in the Solar System
  • The Top Five Things to do Before your 60 Ye ...
  • The Top Five Board Games for Groups
  • The Top Five Teeth Whitening Tips
  • The Top Five Ways to Avoid Unemployment
  • The Top Five Funniest Jokes
  • The Top Five Restaurants
  • The Top Five Movies With a Twist
  • The Top Five Tax Mistakes People Commonly M ...
  • The Top Five Attractions in the USA
  • The Top Five Car Seat Safety Tips
  • The Top Five Ways to Keep Track of Spending ...
  • The Top Five Places to Find Crazy Video Cli ...
  • The Top Five Skills Needed for a Career in ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Keep your Lawn Green
  • The Top Five Golfing Tips
  • The Top Five Talk Shows on TV
  • The Top Five Cities to Live in
  • The Top Five Causes of Road Rage
  • The Top Five Online Flower Delivery Compani ...
  • The Top Five Places to Mountain Bike
  • The Top Five Healthiest Snacks
  • The Top Five Ways to Get a Loan
  • The Top Five Websites for Music
  • The Top Five Ways to Update your Home Witho ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Save Money
  • The Top Five Online Gaming Sites
  • The Top Five Baby Bags for Moms
  • The Top Five Hair Products
  • The Top Five States to Live In
  • The Top Five Funniest Movies For Kids
  • The Top Five Five Music Genres
  • The Top Five Wedding Themes
  • The Top Five Places to Get a Student Loan
  • The Top Five Youtube Videos for 2010 
  • The Top Five Prom Dresses
  • The Top Five Book Series for Young Adults
  • The Top Five Most Hated Celebrities
  • The Top Five Days During the Year
  • The Top Five Xbox 360 Games
  • The Top Five Ways to Get a Grant
  • The Top Five Pets you Should Own
  • The Top Five Soft Drinks
  • The Top Five Ways to Invest in Real Estate
  • The Top Five Shampoos
  • The Top Five Motivational Speakers
  • The Top Five Websites for Kids
  • The Top Five 4th of July Party Ideas
  • The Top Five Cell Phones Under 50 Dollars
  • The Top Five TV Shows of All Time
  • The Top Five Tips for New Parents
  • The Top Five Bedroom Decorating Ideas
  • The Top Five Funniest People
  • The Top Five Car Maintenance Checklist
  • The Top Five Stresses of Home Ownership
  • The Top Five Tips for Staying Positive
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Potty Train Yo ...
  • The Top Five Things I've Learned from Britt ...
  • The Top Five Things to See in Dallas Texas
  • The Top Five Ways to Improve your Resume
  • The Top Five Cartoons for Toddlers
  • The Top Five Superheroes
  • The Top Five Sporting Events
  • The Top Five Facts About the Sun
  • The Top Five Rules for a Strong Relationshi ...
  • The Top Five Auto Insurance Companies
  • The Top Five Signs that You are in Love
  • The Top Five Ways to Improve your Health
  • The Top Five Reasons you Should Play Fantas ...
  • The Top Five Holidays
  • The Top Five Chicken Recipes
  • The Top Five Funniest Websites
  • The Top Five HDTV brands
  • The Top Five Healthiest Fruits
  • The Top Five Tips for Newlyweds
  • The Top Five Clothing Lines for Modest Clot ...
  • The Top Five iPhone Apps
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Avoid Credit C ...
  • The Top Five Designer Handbags
  • The Top Five Computers for College Students ...
  • The Top Five Books for the Kindle
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Save Money
  • The Top Five Traditional Thanksgiving Dishe ...
  • The Top Five Pasta Recipes
  • The Top Five Safest Cities in America
  • The Top Five Video Games
  • The Top Five Michael Jackson Songs
  • The Top Five Outdoor Activities
  • The Top Five Jewelry Stores
  • The Top Five Foods For an Upset Stomach 
  • The Top Five Luxury Cars
  • The Top Five Photo Editing Websites
  • The Top Five Foods to Avoid when Trying to ...
  • The Top Five Candle Scents for Winter 
  • The Top Five Greatest NBA Players of All Ti ...
  • The Top Five Places to Find Cheap Books
  • The Top Five Wedding Favors
  • The Top Five Ways to Get a Phone Number
  • The Top Five Reason to Rent
  • The Top Five Things to do at Disneyland
  • The Top Five Professions
  • The Top Five Bealtes Songs beatles songs Wr ...
  • The Top Five Mistakes Parents Make With Kid ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Turn Down a Job Offer
  • The Top Five Websites for Discount Vacation ...
  • The Top Five Knock Knock Jokes
  • The Top Five Helpful Hints to Get Pregnant  ...
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Get a Date
  • The Top Five Pasta Recipes for Kids
  • The Top Five Xbox 360 Kinect Games for Exer ...
  • The Top Five Walt Disney Movies
  • The Top Five Reasons For Leaving a Job
  • The Top Five Most Trusted Cars
  • The Top Five Ways to Build Muscle
  • The Top Five Unhealthy Foods for Dogs 
  • The Top Five Foods That Help you Lose Weigh ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Keep Unwanted Pests Ou ...
  • The Top Five Paint Colors for a Home
  • The Top Five Free Places for Veterans to Ea ...
  • The Top Five Presidents of the United State ...
  • The Top Five Harry Potter Movies
  • The Top Five Career Moves for Teachers
  • The Top Five Songs About Texas
  • The Top Five Songs About Love
  • The Top Five Smart Phones of the Year
  • The Top Five Educational Websites for Kids
  • The Top Five Healthy Recipes
  • The Top Five Hair Removal Options
  • The Top Five NFL Football Stadiums With A D ...
  • The Top Five Dog Breeds for Kids
  • The Top Five Schools for Business Managemen ...
  • The Top Five Wedding Gowns
  • The Top Five Places to Buy Electronics
  • The Top Five Diet Pills
  • The Top Five Steps to Home Security
  • The Top Five Movies of 2010
  • The Top Five Health Insurance Companies
  • The Top Five Overseas Bed and Breakfast Sto ...
  • The Top Five Funniest Movies Ever
  • The Top Five Reasons to Invest in Running S ...
  • The Top Five Hair Products Women Must Have
  • The Top Five Books to Read This Year
  • The Top Five Most Influential Sports Figure ...
  • The Top Five Healthy Meals For Under 5 Doll ...
  • The Top Five Places to Retire
  • The Top Five Quotes From the Movie Elf
  • The Top Five Most Influential Speeches
  • The Top Five Fast Food Restaurants
  • The Top Five Designer Shoe Brands for Women ...
  • The Top Five Quotes to Live by
  • The Top Five Creative Ways to Announce a Pr ...
  • The Top Five Tips for New Businesses
  • The Top Five Budget Mistakes Most People Ma ...
  • The Top Five Things you Should Not do in an ...
  • The Top Five Tips on How to Make Money Onli ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Cope With Stress
  • The Top Five Ideas for Anniversary Gifts
  • The Top Five Reasons Smoking is Bad
  • The Top Five Must See Events in Las Vegas
  • The Top Five Online Social Networks
  • The Top Five PGA Golfers
  • The Top Five Tips for Healthy Blood Pressur ...
  • The Top Five Nuts that go in Salad
  • The Top Five Job Opportunities for People W ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Stop Smoking
  • The Top Five Vacation Spots
  • The Top Five Ways to Earn Money Online
  • The Top Five Candy Bars With Peanut Butter
  • The Top Five Card Games for Four Players
  • The Top Five Candle Scents for Summer Time
  • The Top Five Nascar Drivers
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Make a Website ...
  • The Top Five Inventions That Changed the Wo ...
  • The Top Five Tips for Planting a Garden
  • The Top Five New York Hotels
  • The Top Five Places to Find a Job
  • The Top Five Country Singers of All Time
  • The Top Five Ways to Earn Money as a Colleg ...
  • The Top Five Simple Smart Phones
  • The Top Five Google Apps
  • The Top Five Gaming Consoles
  • The Top Five Places for Discount Furniture ...
  • The Top Five Movies of All Time
  • The Top Five California Landmarks
  • The Top Five Dessert Recipes
  • The Top Five Wedding Websites
  • The Top Five Reasons to Vote During Electio ...
  • The Top Five Places to Live
  • The Top Five Websites for Artists
  • The Top Five Places to get a Free Credit Re ...
  • The Top Five Commercials
  • The Top Five Financial Mistakes People Make ...
  • The Top Five Places for Kids Birthday Parti ...
  • The Top Five Advice for New Moms
  • The Top Five Items you Can’t Live Without
  • The Top Five Ways to Stay in Shape
  • The Top Five Sources for Vitamin D
  • The Top Five Vitamins for Hair Growth
  • The Top Five Places to get French Fries
  • The Top Five Steps to Internet Security
  • The Top Five Ways to Relieve Stress
  • The Top Five Websites for Photographers
  • The Top Five People you Would Want to Meet
  • The Top Five Ways to Find Cheap Flights Onl ...
  • The Top Five Home Improvement Tips for Sell ...
  • The Top Five Carpet Cleaning Tips
  • The Top Five Makeup Tips for Teens
  • The Top Five Business Marketing Tips
  • The Top Five Places to See in the World
  • The Top Five Healthiest Choices for Breakfa ...
  • The Top Five Items you Never want to Lose
  • The Top Five Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer
  • The Top Five Ways to Workout your Upper Bod ...
  • The Top Five Home Air Purifiers