Apparently It's Nearly Impossible To Over-Cook A Hard Boiled Egg

As if I needed another reason to believe that the egg is an almost perfect food ...

So last night, I'm getting ready to boil the eggs that we were planning to color this morning. I find the nice big pot, fill it up almost to the top with water (this detail will become important later), turn on the burner, place the eggs in, head over to my computer, put on my headphones, and fire up a video on Amazon Prime.

... and in the process, Totally Forget About The Eggs !!!

Ana came home from a late night Wally World run about an hour later. It was at this point that I was "alerted" to my oversight. The water had boiled down from a full 5 1/2 quarts, to about an inch in the bottom of the pot. Amazingly, only one of the eggs had cracked, so I put em in a bowl and stuck em in the fridge.

We ended up coloring the eggs this morning .. the picture above is part of the result.

But then ...

Just for kicks, I decided to try one of the "75 minute" boiled eggs, just to see how bad it would be.

The shocking result ...

It tasted exactly like every other hard boiled egg I've every eaten!

Which led me to the conclusion that I expressed up there in the title of the post.

Yep, eggs are a near perfect food. ;-)



  1. Todd, that is hilarious! Thank goodness Ana came home before all the water boiled away. :) TOO funny that the eggs turned out perfectly, anyway.

  2. Hi Heather .. yes, definitely good that she came home when she did. As it was, I only got a slight scolding. But if the water had totally boiled off, and I'd burned a hole in her Rachel Ray pot ... well who knows, I might not have lived to tell the tale. :-)

  3. That's hilarious. I see we are both graduates of the same culinary institute :) I burn everything. I don't even know how it happens. I would have thought overboiled would turn into hard, inedible rocks or something. Who knew?! My husband is the cook in our family. He prefers the Emeril Lagasse cookware, though.

  4. I'm actually a pretty good cook, when I'm paying attention ... apparently I'm just easily distracted.

    And with the Rachel Ray pots, she got them because "they're pretty" ;-)


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