Allow me to begin with a disclaimer, of sorts. The food safety police will hunt me down for major punishment if they read this, because I’m going to advocate that you do something they would never approve!
To hard cook eggs to perfection, it is critical to the process to leave the eggs on the kitchen table, in their carton, overnight. Mother Connie realizes this is counter intuitive but if you want pretty eggs that look as good as the one on the gingham plate, this is Step One. **My own mother did this and no one made finer hard cooked eggs than she!
The next step is to put all your eggs in one basket…NO! WAIT! That should read “saucepan” not basket! grin/giggle Ideally, the eggs should cover the bottom of the pan but they should not be crowded. When Mother Connie filled her 2 quart saucepan, 9 medium sized eggs did not quite cover the bottom but it worked out well.
You can see that Mother has salt, vinegar and soda ready to use. Cover the eggs with water…then liberally salt the raw eggs ensuring that IF one happens to crack, it will not leak out as much egg white as it would without the salt. Next, sprinkle a 1/2 teaspoon or so of baking soda over the eggs. This enhances what the salt does. Finally, drizzle enough vinegar (it doesn’t matter what kind of vinegar you use) to make a foam. Set the covered pan on the burner, set to MEDIUM heat. When the water begins to boil, turn the heat to LOW and set your timer for TEN MINUTES. When ten minutes has passed, take the pan off the heat and put the cooked eggs under tepid running water.
The little gems should peel easily and be smooth on the outside edges. The yolks should be bright yellow. If there is a greenish ring around the outside of the yolk, that is indicative of too much heat or too long cooking time.
Now that you have hard cooked eggs, you can create any number of delicious, nutritious dishes for those you love. On MONDAY, Mother Connie will show you how to make deviled eggs. When you learn how to make these, you will know just what to take to your next pot luck dinner!
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