When you buy eggs from a supermarket there is a pretty good chance your eggs have been in that carton for almost a month. Commercial egg farmers have 30 days once their eggs are packed in a carton to sell them. If the carton is labeled with a “use by” date that date is 45 days from the when the eggs were packaged. Assuming the eggs were packaged the day they were laid, that is still an egg that has been sitting for a while. The longer the eggs sit the more the membrane beneath the shell separates from the shell, making peeling easier. The trade off is the longer the eggs sit the less centered the yolk will be because the whites become less dense (also the longer eggs sit the less nutrition they provide).
Now you want to make a beautiful platter of deviled eggs with nice neat whites and centered yolks… what to do?
Boiling farm fresh eggs requires slightly different handling than boiling regular store bought eggs. You see the fresher the egg, the more the membranes clings to the shell itself. With eggs that are just a day or two old, the outer membrane beneath the shell sticks tightly to the shell making peeling the egg almost impossible.
Directions on how to boil a farm fresh egg
1. Start with eggs that don’t have any visible cracks
2. Try to use eggs that are a couple of days old, say 2 to 4 days old.
To test the freshness of an egg, place the egg in a bowl of water; an egg that lays on the bottom is fresh, an egg that stands on end is still usable, and an egg that floats should be discarded
3. Add 1 Tablespoon of salt and vinegar to water
4. Over a high heat, bring water to a rapid boil, use a spoon to place eggs gently in boiling water one at a time – the shock of the hot water on the egg shell helps to jar the membrane from the shell – turn down heat to keep water at gentle boil.
5. The average size egg requires this much time for doneness:
*Soft-boiled yolk / 4 to 5 minutes
* Medium-boiled yolk / 6 to 7 minutes
* Hard-boiled yolk / 12 to 15 minutes
6. Remove pot with eggs from stove, pour out hot water and fill with cold water, let eggs cool for at least 10 minutes then drain and peel the eggs for use.
7. To peel the egg, I prefer the rolling technique between hand and table (counter top) to crack the shell on all sides and gently loosen the layers … now remove the shell and enjoy. Refrigeration is necessary for hard boiled eggs if the eggs are not to be consumed within a few hours. Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be refrigerated up to one week.
Hope you have a nice day.
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