Hard Boiled Eggs without the Boiling

IMG_1729Okay, so I know that this is becoming a popular trick but I just had to try it for myself.  And let me tell you…it works!  We like to keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge during the week to use as snacks or as an addition to salads, but I hate the process of boiling them.  I came across this trick and just had to try it out.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Add a dozen eggs to a mini-muffin tin like shown in the picture above
Bake for 30 minutes.
After removing eggs from the oven, add them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.  And boom!  That’s it!

I also noticed that the shell comes off a LOT easier and the yolks are perfectly yellow and not overcooked.  Could it get any better?  Not as far as hard boiled eggs are concerned.

On a side note, when you are shopping for your eggs, you will most likely see labels like “Vegetarian Fed,” “Cage Free,” “Grain Fed,” “Free Range,” “Hormone-Free,” etc.  Let me just say that most of these labels do not mean anything and are marketing schemes used to get you to pay more for your eggs.  Cage free and free range chickens are still housed in large buildings that are “technically” still a cage.  The labels “Vegetarian Fed” or “Grain Fed” refer to the fact that no fillers or animal byproducts were used to feed the chicken.

As far as hormones are concerned, the USDA states that it is against Federal regulations to give hormones to chickens or pigs. It only applies to beef. Does this mean that is always followed? Or course not. But a label that reads “hormone free” is most likely another marketing scheme.

It is important to look for “antibiotic free,” which means the chicken was not raised on any type of antibiotic. Also, if you really care about how the chickens are treated or the quality of the chicken, get “Certified Organic.”  Otherwise, just pick up the cheaper dozen and scramble, boil, or poach until your heart is content!



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