I'm sure many of the long time readers here know how much I hate pot-lucks, yet I am constantly a part of functions that seem to require this sort of activity. So there I was on Saturday, preparing to go to yet another pot-luck, but this time I had a plan. If you remember I have all these chickens that lay many more eggs than I can deal with without forming another business plan. It seems that everyone loves deviled eggs and I saw this as an opportunity to rid myself of two dozen eggs in one swoop.
I tell my wife that what I'm going to do, but she's seen me go off and do things on my own before so she tells me that I'd better check the Joy of Cooking on how to make the perfect hard boiled egg. Normally I just place the eggs in boiling water for five minutes, then run cold water over them and that's it. That's the way my mother did it, and that's the way I've always done it, but the Joy of Cooking has something about simmering the eggs for fifteen minutes without a full rolling boil.
I figured that a fight will ensue if I do it my way now that the Joy of Cooking has spoken, so I follow the instructions to the letter. After the eggs cooled I crack one to see how well I did. Chunks of egg were coming off with the shells. I rolled the egg to make smaller pieces, and it was just impossible. I tried another egg and it was even worse. I tried each of the 24 eggs and none of them even approached what looked like a useable egg.
I ended up getting cream puffs from Costco, which went over well and someone else brought deviled eggs to the pot-luck. Another good thing that came out of the pot-luck is that I met someone that wants to buy nearly half of my flock so now I won't have such an egg problem and I'll save on feed bills.
I heard that you can’t use fresh eggs for making hard boiled eggs. But my question is how does one boil an egg, and how is it done so as not to turn the yolks green?