I'm showing you how to make the BEST HARD-BOILED EGG, and it's the easiest way possible! And find out which eggs are healthiest for you & why!
Eggs are so easy to make perfectly! But the problem is that there are so many methods out there that you can pretty much go mad just trying to figure out the best way to prepare something as simple as an EGG.
But obviously you want to get it right because although it's so easy to do it right, it's actually just as easy to mess it up. I really believe we've complicated the preparation of the simple egg so much so that we've completely forgotten how to do them justice.
So let me show you the SIMPLEST way to make hard-boiled eggs and you will feel confident every time that you've just made the absolute perfect egg (with no green ring, of course!). No guesswork, no special tips and tricks. Just easy, quick, healthy, and yummy!
Are eggs really healthy?
The short answer: Yes! But it still depends.
Let's flesh it out just a bit because there are plenty of misconceptions out there about this. I believe they are the healthiest--and by that I mean, most nutrient-dense--food on earth. Think about it. You have just about everything in a single egg to make an entire chicken--the nutrient requirements to form a whole animal in a single egg! It's absolutely incredible and just from that you have to know they've got to be rich with so much of our own nutritional needs.
Eggs are complete proteins. What does that mean? Well, eggs are one of the only foods that you can eat (and if you're a vegetarian--the only food) that has all the essential amino acids that your body requires. The honest truth is that nuts and beans can't touch that. Neither can any kind of supplement. Meat is the only other food besides eggs that are complete proteins.
Eggs are high in cholesterol and THAT IS A GOOD THING. Our livers produce cholesterol everyday, in large amounts because we need it. So diets that try to reduce cholesterol are just going to result in the liver trying to overcompensate to produce higher amounts of cholesterol that we need for all the healthy cells in our body.
And just in case you were wondering, there is absolutely no evidence out there that supports the old claim that cholesterol causes cardiovascular disease. Myth, myth, myth, myth, myth. It's been debunked many times over so don't worry at all about any of that mumbo jumbo.
If you eat foods naturally high in cholesterol, such as eggs, you're telling your liver that it doesn't need to work as hard to produce cholesterol because you're providing it via your healthy food-intake.
We need that cholesterol for healthy-working brains (which are composed of 60% fat), for preventing strokes, for preventing dementia, for healthy skin and organs, for healthy and balanced hormone levels, and for healthy cells in our entire body. So cholesterol = good! Don't be scurd!
Although I've just told you about why eggs are so healthy, the reality is that there are different types of chicken eggs and depending on the type of egg you get, you'll have much, MUCH more nutritious eggs than others. Let's talk about the healthiest eggs and why you don't want to mess around with other kinds.
What are the healthiest eggs to eat?
Buying eggs has become somewhat of a decoding, complicated mess. There isn't much government regulation surrounding the labeling of eggs so you have to know exactly which keywords to look for and which to completely avoid when you buy your eggs. And why? Because it's a matter of fact that there are vast differences in the nutritional compositions between the various types of chicken eggs at your grocery store.
If you're shopping for eggs, there's your conventional or regular egg, your cage-free egg, your free-range egg, your organic egg, and your pasture-raised egg.
If you want the healthiest egg (and therefore, the healthiest YOU) go with your pasture-raised & organic egg. Always. Whether you get them from a local, trusted farm, or from the grocery store down the street, make sure you're purchasing pastured and organic eggs and you'll be golden. And if you see that it says soy-free as well, then you're 24k golden!
Pasture-raised chickens are out roaming around in their natural environment, where they can thrive and be happy little hens who lay the most nutritiously-dense eggs possible. They eat what they find in the dirt and they eat organic feed. They're not eating pesticide-laden grain, while stuck in some crowded warehouse where they can't get any sun--that, by the way, would be your conventional egg.
Cage-free chickens are still crammed in, wing-to-wing, in warehouses, but just not in actual cages. Free-range would be the same as cage-free but with very, very limited access to the outside environment. So it makes sense that pasture-raised chickens eating natural and organic food will make the highest quality egg for you and your family to enjoy.
Eggs from pastured chickens have 2X the concentration of omega-3 fatty-acids when compared to conventional chicken eggs and about 5X the concentration of vitamin D. It makes sense that if they're eating what is natural to them and prancing around under the natural rays of the sun that they'd have optimal levels of nutrients. You are what you eat, right? Well that applies to those happy (and not-so-happy) hens as well.
And another perk of eating pastured and organic eggs is that they taste better because more nutritious = tastier. This is just the nature of genetics and how awesome that we get to benefit from that!
How long do hard-boiled eggs last?
When it comes to how long they last in the refrigerator, there's nothing special to consider. Peeled or unpeeled, they'll last about one week. That's pretty much my rule of thumb every time I cook anything--eat it within a week and you'll be fine. Unless it looks or smells not-so-fine. Then chuck that thing!
How to make the best hard-boiled eggs
Literally all you do to make the quickest, foolproof hard-boiled eggs is boil a pot of water on high, then once it's boiled, lower the heat and gently add in your eggs. Then, bump up the heat right back to high and simply let it cook for 10-12 minutes. This will ensure a fully cooked egg yolk with a fully cooked egg white. If you prefer the yolk to be very sturdy and hard, then just let it cook for up to 14 minutes max.
I like to then place the cooked eggs straight into a bowl of ice-water to make sure they stop cooking any longer and to make it easier to peel. And if you plan on using them right away in something that's not meant to be warm, let's say an egg salad, then you'll definitely want them to sit in that cool water bath for about ten minutes or so to make sure that they are cool throughout.
But if you plan on eating the hard-boiled eggs as is or alongside hot food, then either peel your eggs right away or just put them in the cold water bath just long enough for you to be able to handle them.
See? Super easy. No special secrets or techniques or anything like that. Just simplicity. And when it's simple and done right, it's also easier to remember and you've now got that in your recipe arsenal for anytime you want to make a quick snack or meal.
You might want to check-out my soft-boiled egg recipe because it's going off the same method and it makes for a simply scrumptious little egg with a beautifully soft yolk and perfectly set white. One method, two different kinds of eggs, down perfectly.
And if you like fried eggs, check out how I make my fried eggs on top of crusty toast with charred tomatoes and caramelized onions. It's seriously flavorful and addicting. I promise you.
Finally, make sure you make the BEST scrambled eggs because they're way too easy to make JUST right. And you'll find out in that post why most recipes out there totally miss the mark.
THE BEST HARD-BOILED EGGS--the easiest way---VIDEO!!
- 1 egg (use as many eggs as you want though)
- Boil a pot of water over high heat. (Make sure that the pot will provide more than enough room for the number of eggs you'll be hard-boiling. You just don't want to crowd the eggs so that they can cook properly.)
- Once the water has boiled, bring the heat down to low and slowly add in your egg(s) with a spoon so that they don't crack and then quickly bump up the heat back to high.
- Allow egg(s) to cook for 11 minutes (anywhere from 10-14 will be perfect depending on just how hard you like your egg yolk to be). Either peel and eat straight away or add them to a bowl of ice-cold water so that the cooking process stops and so that they are easier to peel.
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