The weather is starting to warm up in NYC! While this is great for most people, for me, it means I’m most likely going to get sick. I am one of those people that gets sick when the weather changes. Always. I don’t like change, what can I say.
There are a few things I like to stock up on when the temps rise and drop: Puffs tissues, Vicks Dayquil (and Nyquil because sleeping with a sinus infection is absolute misery), ginger ale, chicken broth, and eggs. Why eggs? Because they’re easy, versatile, and good for you. And I RARELY put things in my body that are good for it, so pay attention.
To that end, along with my Dayquil, I like to make this orange-lemon-honey concoction to drink when sick. It’s served hot and it looks like vomit, but it’s very soothing if you have a sore throat – plus it’s chock full of Vitamin C, so it’s great for a cold. That said, I post about that almost every year, so for this post, I’m going to go a different route and show all of you how to hard boil an egg, #NYTough style! Make like a New Yorker and push through that cold and do some extra work! If you don’t get a sick day for a cold, you sure as hell don’t get to slack on your cooking! Ok that’s not really fair or true, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some things to do with an egg? Scramble and eat with sriracha out of a mug, you lazy bum! Drop it into your chicken soup and stir – now you have chicken noodle egg drop soup! So many options.
That said, the question people ask me most is how to hard boil an egg. I know it sounds simple, but trust me, it takes some practice. Not to mention the fact that something called an “egg timer” exists, which makes me think that eggs operate on a different time schedule than we do, and that frightens me. So, I have a simple and effective method that will give you PERFECT hard boiled eggs every time. See pictures for proof. Same batch, no ugly gray rings, no uncooked yolks…basically, NOT ONE BAD EGG. Get it?
And before I do that, let me remind you that once again the lovely folks over at P&G have teamed up with me to do another giveaway! I will be giving away a $55 product pack which includes a $50 AMEX gift card, 2 boxes of Puffs, and a $1 off coupon for Vicks Cold & Flu products (due to age restrictions we can’t mail this product). Just comment below with your favorite product to enter! You have two options: Puffs or Vicks. That’s it! Easy peasy.
This promotion is running through March 31st 2015, and I will select a winner at random. Open to U.S. residents only, age 18+. Only one prize pack is allowed per household. The winner will be notified via email and they have 48 hours to respond and accept; if they don’t, the prize is forfeited and another winner will be selected.
Keep an eye on Twitter as well for the #NYTough #ColdandFlu Flash Giveaway of the same product pack! Rules on how to enter here.
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, #NYTough Style
1. Put eggs carefully in a medium saucepan/pot. Add cold water to the pot until the eggs are JUST covered.
2. On medium-high heat, bring eggs to a rolling boil. This will take a few minutes as you’re bringing them UP to a boil, not just waiting for the water to boil and then dropping them in.
3. A rolling boil means little bubbles floating to the top, starting off slow and then becoming faster. You don’t want huge “this is going to explode soon” type of bubbles. Picture a jacuzzi on it’s lowest setting.
4. When the eggs reach the rolling boiling point, follow these below steps and don’t argue with me:
SHUT OFF HEAT.
COVER THE EGGS (AKA PUT THE FRIGGIN LID ON THE POT).
REMOVE FROM HEAT (AKA MOVE TO ANOTHER BURNER).
SET YOUR ALARM FOR 13 MINUTES. THIRTEEN. OK?!
AFTER 13 MINS, DRAIN EGGS OF HOT WATER AND PLACE THEM IN A BOWL IN THE SINK.
RUN VERY COLD WATER OVER THE EGGS FOR A FEW MINUTES.
START TO PEEL THEM.
WHILE YOU’RE PEELING ONE, LEAVE THE OTHERS IN THE BOWL WITH THE RUNNING WATER ON THEM. SEE BELOW.
THAT’S PRETTY MUCH IT. HERE ARE PICS.
Ahh peeling them. Even I still have trouble with this occasionally, as you can see. Some people can peel them easily in just a few pieces. I get lucky sometimes, but most of the time I have to peel them in little pieces. See above. I HAVE discovered that if you squeeze the egg gently all over after the initial crack, there is usually one larger piece that will crack. Go with that part first.
That’s all folks! I will be making deviled eggs now. Because deviled eggs are amazing.
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