Every now and then I notice a new product in the grocery store that seems to transcend previously set levels of ridiculousness. Often these are so-called convenience products designed, I imagine, to help people avoid spending any time whatsoever in their kitchens.
The latest such product I noticed was pre-boiled, pre-peeled hard-boiled eggs. It looks like they come in sets of 12. They are so not attractively packaged in clear plastic wrap. They basically look slimy and unappealing.
How long does an egg take to boil? 10 minutes! How long does it take to peel? 30 seconds or so. So what are you really saving by buying this product? I don’t think it’s money. So-called convenience foods are generally more expensive than the actual thing. Here’s a tip: Next time you’re making something with eggs, go ahead and boil one or two and stick them in the fridge; then you’ll have a pre-boiled (but please, not pre-peeled) egg when you’re on the go in the morning.
Side rant: Cooking is creative, meditative, fun and rewarding. It is a great way to spend time with family and friends. When you cook for yourself, you choose what will nourish your body and make your tastebuds tingle. I just don’t understand why people spend so much money on gigantic kitchens with shiny, professional-grade appliances when they refuse to get in there and even boil an egg for breakfast!
How to Boil an Egg
- Cover the eggs with cold water
- Bring to a rapid boil
- Cover and remove from the heat
- Let sit until the desired doneness is achieved:
- 4 minutes for soft-boiled (5 if you’re squeamish)
- 6-7 minutes for medium
- 10 minutes for hard-boiled
- Cool under running water before peeling
Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator, in their shells, up to 5 days.
And if you think hard-boiled eggs can’t be beautiful, check out these Ruby Eggs from A Veggie Venture.