Hard-boiled eggs

Hard-boiled Eggs

Double yoke egg

A Halloween Story:

For a Halloween party I was throwing at my house about five years ago, I was making a dozen deviled eggs. I hard-boiled a dozen eggs and began to cut them open to extract the yolks. I was surprised to find that the first egg had a double yolk - two yolks in the same egg! But I went on - and then the second egg also had a double yolk, and so did every single other egg in that carton!

I was so upset that I called my mother, who advised me to throw out the entire batch as cursed and start over. I thought, though, that double-yolked devil eggs were very appropriate for deviled eggs to serve at a Halloween party :) so I made them all and served them at my party. Who knows what went wrong at the egg factory that day? Now I get my eggs from local farmers at the farmer's market, and they're sometimes different sizes, but I don't get a dozen double-yolked eggs all at one time. These days I do cook eggs mainly in the spring and summer, when they're in season.

How to make hard-boiled eggs:

Place a raw egg very gently in a small saucepan, and cover the egg with cold water. You can do as many eggs as will fit in the saucepan, so long as they are all covered with water and the water's not too near the top of the saucepan.

Cook the eggs over high heat until the water boils. When it boils, start timing - you want to cook the eggs for eleven more minutes. After eleven minutes, take the saucepan over to the stove and drain out the hot water. Rinse the eggs with cold water until they're cooled off enough to handle, to stop them from cooking more.

Peeling hard-boiled eggs:

The hard part is getting the eggshells off without losing the egg white. Under the eggshell, between the white and the egg, is a thin skin or membrane. You need to get under this membrane, which should come off with the shell. Fill a bowl with cold water. Pick up a hard-boiled egg and push down while rolling it on the counter until the shell is crushed into small pieces on all sides of the egg. Dip the egg in the cold water and begin pushing the shell off using the side of your thumb. If it seem to be going badly, turn the egg and start fresh from the other side. Keep dipping the egg in the cold water as you go. Ideally, the shell should come off cleanly, but it takes practice.