Boiled Eggs Are a Great Alternative to Sugary Snacks - dummies

Boiled Eggs Are a Great Alternative to Sugary Snacks

By Dan DeFigio

A hard-boiled egg can be your go-to snack if you have zero time to get something healthy to eat. Downing an egg or two quells your hunger, adds extra protein for the day, and keeps your starving brain from driving you to sugar.

A common problem with hard-boiling eggs is that you can easily overcook them, leading to a dark green tint around the yolk and a sulfur taste.

  1. To boil eggs without overcooking, place a dozen pasture-fed eggs in a saucepan and add cold water until the top of the water line is two inches above the eggs.

  2. To keep the eggs from cracking, salt the water and gradually bring it to a boil. When the water is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about a minute.

  3. Remove the pan from the burner, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.

    Extra-large eggs need a few minutes more (15 to 17 minutes). If you’re cooking a half-dozen eggs, you can cut the time to 9 minutes.

  4. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them into a bowl of ice water. After they cool, strain the water from the eggs and refrigerate them in a covered container to protect your refrigerator from a strong egg odor.

    Eggs that have been refrigerated for a few days peel easier than fresher eggs.

One way to test whether your eggs are fully cooked is to set the larger end of the boiled egg on a hard surface, like a countertop or a table. Spin the egg the same way you would spin a top. A hard-boiled egg spins evenly and swiftly because the yolk is solid. An egg with an undercooked yolk doesn’t spin well; it wobbles around instead of spinning in one spot.