An egg trick or two
Last week our household had the supreme pleasure of my sister and her family staying with us for their spring break. When we first planned out the dates for the visit, none of us realized they would be with us for Easter. Once we figured that out we were all even more excited for our time together.
In preparing for Easter there was much discussion about the best method for hard boiling the eggs. Apparently someone had watched something recently on TV that said the best method for hard boiled eggs is to place all of the eggs in a pot with cold water. Bring the water and eggs to a boil. Let boil for one minute, turn off the heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
This is pretty much the method I’ve always used with variations on the boiling and sitting, but virtually the same. The other method I’ve heard of is to bring the water and eggs to a boil and continue boiling for about 10 minutes then cooling immediately with tap water.
Whatever your method, I have to say the one the guys heard about on TV worked great. Every yolk was perfectly cooked and the eggs were easy to peel.
The really cool trick I learned came from my brother-in-law’s grandmother. He took the brown crunchy outer skin of an onion and boiled that in a pot with some of the eggs. The peel lets go of its color and the eggs end up with a golden, brown, antique-like color. Ours came out darker than we expected so next time I think I’ll try using less onion skin and maybe pull them out part way during the sitting time to see if I can get a lighter color on the eggs.
Our egg decorating process was a blast with my sister’s two teenagers as enthusiastic as my two little kids. All the eggs came out beautifully. Our only mistake was all the adults and teenagers moved on to a new activity and the two little ones started making experiments by combining all the cups of coloring. We didn’t notice their activity until they had two large containers full of dark liquid and two massive green stains on the table. Despite my best efforts to anticipate and prepare for messes, my two always come up with a new way to make the biggest mess possible.
After the hiding and hunting we had all these eggs to eat and what’s the best way to get through 36 hard boiled eggs? Make deviled eggs! Which we immediately did. For mine, I mix up all the yolks with mayonnaise, mustard and a little bit of salt and pepper. After filling all the egg white halves I then sprinkle paprika over the lot for a touch of color and flavor. I’d like to add chopped dill pickle or olives or capers, but then my kids would protest and not eat them.
I hope you Easter was as fun as mine and I can’t wait until the next time I get to cook with my sister again!