perfectly cooked eggs

this past week, i've been helping to prepare an Agape Feast for our church and one of my tasks was to boil eggs. i have this "recipe" for hard-cooked eggs that i used. it's from the cookbook 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles.

Hard-Cooked Eggs
Makes: 8 perfectly cooked eggs; serves: 4 to 8

Everyone knows how to boil an egg, but as a food stylist, I learned (by asking my assistant to cook the eggs) that not everyone knows how to hard-cook an egg without getting the green ring around the yolk that indicates an overcooked egg.

8 eggs

1 Place the eggs in a 2-quart saucepan and add water to 1 inch above the eggs. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Boil 2 minutes.

2 Remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes. Pour off hot water and add cold water to cover. Let cool; peel the eggs.

Variation: Easter eggs: Add food coloring and distilled white vinegar to the water before cooking the eggs.

[post edit/Apr 22 - was browsing the How to... links on Coconut & Lime and saw her post on How to Boil Perfect Eggs. her method is very similar to this one by Carol Gelles and promises to produce "hard boiled eggs with nearly centered yolks with no green edge." great for making deviled eggs.]

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