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I Struggle with Simple Things

Last week, I posted on my FB page (if you aren’t following there, you should be.  I talk about my undies) that I always forget how long to boil noodles.  Every single time.  I toss the packages because I put them in some fancy spaghetti noodle jar.  So I have to Google every time.  I just mastered the rice ratio: 2 Cups water and 1 Cup rice.  But forever, I kept that page bookmarked in my “How to Cook Everything” cookbook.

I usually waffle a bit on hard-boiled eggs.  Start in cold water, bring to a boil and turn it off.  But is it 12 minutes or 14 minutes?  Shit.  And before we even get to that question, I have to keep an eye on the water.  I’m a checker.  My face is always hovering over the pot.  Watched Pot Boils Whatever.  Fuck off old wisdom.  I just want a good hardboiled egg that doesn’t require a bunch of work.

I saw this tip on Pinterest and it had one little tag line that sold me: “Plus way easier to peel.”  That nugget will snag me in every time.  Who loves to peel eggs?  Really?  Once my SIL and I helped my MIL peel about three dozen.  They all had their ways to make it easier which didn’t really work, but when a friend of friend gave them the advice, it was supposed to be a guarantee.  My husband made egg salad for the deli he worked at in college.  He swore that if you peeled them directly from the boil under super hot water, it would slide off.  It didn’t and burnt the shit out of your fingers.  So when I read that a baked hard-boiled (I guess you can’t say “boiled”) egg is easier to peel, I jumped.  I’ll be real honest, if someone said boiling an egg in kitty urine peels easier, I’d think about trying it.  It’s true.  But baking an egg is much easier and more acceptable blog material.

Verdict?  Not easier to peel, but an infinitely easier  and perfect hard-boiled egg.  All I have to remember two steps:

  • Put cold eggs in oven and turn it on to 325 degrees.
  • 25 minutes later remove eggs.

Life just got easier.

And I didn’t have to squeeze urine from a kitty.



  • Cara Soulia - BUT who the hell has time to wait 25 min for a hard boiled egg?

    my son recently decided he loved ‘doubled eggs’ (translation deviled eggs). he wants them morning noon and night. he’s super skinny and we worry about him not eating enough so i oblige and make him doubled eggs any time he asks.

    my mom grew up on a farm in nebraska. like the kind with an out house and no electricity. and lots of chickens. she’s 70 now and she’s peeled a LOT of damn eggs in her lifetime.

    THIS is the secret: the older the egg the easier it is to peel. never ever ever try to boil eggs fresh from the store that you just bought today. always use the ones from last week. then peel them under cold running water. i promise you it works.

    btw, my cooking method is start the eggs in cold water, bring to boil, then simmer for 9 minutes exactly.January 17, 2013 – 12:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Deirdre (superdewa) - I will definitely try this.
    My tip for you — I tape instructions for every-day things inside my cabinet doors and leave them there until I’ve memorized them.January 17, 2013 – 12:54 pmReplyCancel

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