The Perfect Egg
President Lincoln started his day with a cup of coffee and a single hard-boiled egg. If a single egg can fuel the leader of the free world during such tumultuous times, can we appreciate our two eggs as a pure luxury? Boiled eggs are a perfect way to start your day. However, many avoid this nutritional nourishment because they lack the ability to cook and peel them without difficulty. No longer. Thanks to the science of cooking and dozens of experiments, I know the secret of the boiled egg and want to share it with you.
The seven grams of protein is a great bargain for only 70 calories and less than 20 cents for the egg (a dozen eggs cost $1.68 yesterday at my local grocery store.) Additionally, the egg contains more than 15 vitamins and minerals. The choline, found in the yolk, helps detoxify your liver and improves the membranes of your nervous system, possibly improving brain health. Here is the skinny on how to prepare them perfectly, every time!
Step 1: Getting started: Place your eggs in a pot and fill with just enough water to cover. Put on the stove at high heat.
Step 2: Soften the shell: As the water is warming, add a teaspoon of baking soda. (This increases the pH, and the alkalinity softens the shell for easy peeling.)
Step 3: Boil and set the timer: When you see the first few bubbles (before an active boil) set the timer for 12 minutes. If you catch it as it’s actively boiling, 10 minutes is usually adequate. This formula works if you’re boiling 2 or 12 eggs. Why? Because the greater the volume of water, the more time is needed to raise the temperature, equaling the overall cooking time of the eggs.
Step 4: Put a lid on it: The covered pot will boil faster. I typically leave it off at first to notice those first pre-boiling bubbles to set the timer. Once boiling, cover, and reduce the heat to a medium-low, enough to keep a low boil going for those 12 minutes while you make coffee or tea and round up lunches for the kiddos.
Step 5: The cool down: As soon as the time is complete, immediately stop the cooking process to prevent those dried, green egg yolks. Remove them immediately and place in a bowl of cold ice water.
Step 6: Peel and enjoy! Remove the eggs from the water and peel with delight! Thanks to the baking soda, the shell comes off in nice big sections revealing the soft, smooth egg underneath. Enjoy this great start to your day. You might find the warm, rich egg yolk tastes even better when accompanied by an herbal tea.
Dr. Jennifer Hanes is a nationally recognized, board-certified emergency physician in Austin, Texas. She has lost 70 pounds, and outlines those secrets in the only diet book written by a formerly fat doctor, The Princess Plan (Nov 2012). You can learn more at www.DrHanes.com. You may reprint this blog, or portions of it, if including author credit and link-back to this site.