Hard Boiled Eggs

Have you ever been talking with someone and they tell you “Oh, I can’t even boil eggs.”? That typically means they can’t cook the simplest foods. Its crazy, right? Most people think, its so simple. Let’s get you out of this category quick!

Eggs are perishable and must be properly stored, prepared, and served. Raw eggs contain a risk of Salmonella, a bacteria that can’t be seen, touched or tasted. As you can tell, there’s a lot of precautions that you should take into account any time you are dealing with eggs. Let’s get to the nitty gritty about eggs.

Use Eggs Safely
  • Do not buy cracked eggs.
  • Purchase eggs before the date on the carton and use within three to five weeks after purchase.
  • Refrigerate raw eggs right after buying them. You should keep them in the original carton and place them in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
  • Casseroles and other egg dishes should be cooked to 160°F.
How long do cooked eggs keep?
  • Use hard boiled eggs within one week after cooking.
  • Refrigerate leftover egg dishes right away and eat them within three days.
  • Eating leftovers? Reheat leftover egg dishes to 165°F before eating.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before handling eggs at every stage in the cooking or preparing process.
  • Do not eat eggs that have been out of the refrigerator more than two hours.

Now that you know the safety basics, are you hungry for some boiled eggs or deviled eggs? Let’s see how easy cooking eggs can be.

Easy Boiled Eggs
    1. Put eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and add enough water to come at least one inch above the eggs.
    2. Place saucepan on stove and turn on high heat until water boils.
    3. Turn off heat. Sometimes, it is necessary, to remove pan from burner to prevent further boiling.

      Be sure to turn on the correct burner on the stove.
    4. Let stand in the hot water fifteen minutes for large eggs. Adjust the time up or down by approximately three minutes for each size larger or smaller.
    5. Cool immediately and thoroughly in cold water.
    6. Refrigerate until ready for use.

The next time someone tries to tell you…”you can’t even boil an egg,” you can be quick to tell them, “I’ve got that mastered!” Visit YouTube to see this all in action.


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Posted: April 24, 2020

Category: 4-H & Youth, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Curriculum, Food Safety, , Work & Life
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