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April 11, 2012 is our 9-year anniversary on the road! To celebrate, here’s a non-RV-specific video. lol OK…. so this video isn’t just for RVers, but it is a truly egg-cellent tip (sorry). :-P
Hard-boiled eggs are one of our favorite quick & healthy snacks, especially during a break from cruising down the highway. We also include them in our dinner salads on a regular basis, so we always keep them in the fridge. The only nuisance is how difficult it can sometimes be to remove the shell without removing a lot of the egg too.
Since we hard-boil so many eggs, we’ve been searching for a trick to making them easy to peel. There are almost as many tips about this online as there are “sure-fire” methods for curing hiccoughs… and all of them about as worthwhile.
We’ve read about, and tried, an awful lot of techniques… “Use eggs that are near their expiration date”… “Use really fresh eggs”… “Let the eggs warm to room temperature before putting them in the boiling water”… “Put the eggs into cold water, then heat them to a boil slowly”… “Add vinegar to the water”…and variations on these themes, and others. None of them seem to work consistently.
About three months ago, we tried another method on our own that we hadn’t read about anywhere, and it’s turned out to be the most consistent technique we’ve ever used for making easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs. It doesn’t matter how old or new the eggs are. Just follow the simple steps in this video and see how you make out.
A few notes: First, we always buy extra-large eggs. If you use large eggs instead, our guess is that it might only take 12 minutes instead of 13. Or maybe not… try it out and let us know! Second, try to avoid hard-boiling any egg that has an obvious hairline crack in it, since it will be more likely to break when putting the cold egg into boiling water (you’re not trying to make poached eggs here, right?). Third, we never make hard-boiled eggs while boondocking due to the water it uses (although EATING them while boondocking is the best)! ;-)
One last quick trick: the absolute easiest way to peel the eggs is immediately after removing them from the ice. They will still peel nicely a day (or a week) later, but the shells will practically fall off if you peel them right after making them.
Even though we're handy RVers, we're not professional technicians. So although we're happy with the techniques and products we use, you should be sure to confirm that all methods and materials are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you're unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.