This is a great tip to use when you need to hardboil eggs–be it for Easter Egg dyeing or for your summer picnic/potluck deviled eggs!
Basically it’s the same process as my Perfect Pasta the Easy Way. You simply place your eggs into a pot full of cold water. Toss in a “glug” of vinegar to keep the egg whites from going everywhere if one of the shell cracks.
Turn the heat on to high, put on the lid and then wait for it to boil. Once it reaches a full boil just turn off the burner, slide the pot off, and leave it to sit with the lid on for 10 minutes.
I like cooking my hard boiled eggs this way for several reasons:
1. I don’t have to worry about the pot boiling over when I’m not looking. Yeah–I get distracted a lot. 😉
2. It uses less electricity (or gas on a gas stove) since you only have the stove on for as long as it takes to bring the water to a boil. Granted, that probably takes a minute or two longer because you are heating up the eggs as well as the water, but you are still using the electricity for less time than if you brought an empty pot of water to a boil, added the eggs, and then cooked them.
3. Since it uses less electricity (or gas) it costs less money.
4. I think it adds less heat to your house having a pot of boiling water with the lid on it just sitting on the stove with no burner on. The traditional way you are releasing a lot of steam into the room as it continues to boil and you’ve got the burner pumping out additional heat. That doesn’t matter so much in the winter, but in the summer in an un-air conditioned home, well, it matters.
5. You can leave it unattended for that 10 minutes. I like that.
As far as I’m concerned, all of those make it a win!