For Virginia cooks, hard-boiling eggs for Easter can be a time consuming task. To make the process faster and easier, follow these eight tips from egg experts to get perfectly cooked eggs:
1. Start by placing your eggs in a pot large enough to hold them comfortably. Fill the pot with cold tap water until it covers the eggs by at least one inch.
2. Place the pot on a stovetop burner over high heat and bring it to a full rolling boil. Once boiling, let cook for 12 minutes exactly before turning off the heat and removing the pot from the stovetop.
3. Quickly cool down your hard boiled eggs under cold running tap water for about 30 seconds or until the eggs are cool enough to handle. This will help stop the cooking process and reduce the chance of over-cooking your eggs.
4. Carefully remove each egg from the pot and place them in an egg carton or on a plate. Allow them to sit at room temperature until they reach desired temperature before coloring, eating, or storing in the refrigerator.
5. If you plan to color your Easter eggs with food dye or paint, be sure to add two tablespoons of vinegar per cup of boiling water before adding in your eggs for extra vibrant colors!
6. After cooling down, crack the shells gently against a hard surface like a countertop and peel off the shells under cold running water for easy removal.
7. If you plan to store your hard-boiled eggs for future use, be sure to keep them in a sealed container or covered bowl in the refrigerator and enjoy within two to three days of preparation.
8. And most importantly, avoid consuming any cooked egg if it smells off, has an unusual texture, or appears slimy — these are all signs that the egg may have gone bad and should not be eaten!
Following these tips will ensure that Virginia cooks achieve perfectly hard-boiled eggs every time this Easter season! With these methods, you can make delicious recipes like deviled eggs or egg salad sandwiches with ease. Plus, you can save time in the kitchen so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones this Easter! Happy cooking!