Perfectly hardboiled eggs have two noticeable traits. First, the whites should be firm but not rubbery. Second, the yolk should be fully cooked, creamy, and bright yellow. Undercook them and they will be slimy and runny. Overcook them and you get an unappetizing green ring around the yolk.
At The RTA Store, we know a thing or two about creating the perfect (affordable) kitchen with RTA cabinets. But we also know the secret to boiling an egg with perfect results!
- Start by carefully placing six to twelve fresh eggs in a medium pot.
- Cover them with cold water to about an inch above the eggs.
- Bring the water to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, set the timer, and cook the eggs for two minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and cover it with a lid. Set the covered pot aside to residually cook for 10 minutes.
- Carefully drain the pot, and add cold water and a few ice cubes to cool down your eggs before coloring.
- You may even want to boil your eggs the night before, and store them covered in the refrigerator.
Natural DIY Egg Dyes
Skip the fizzy pellets this year, and make your own natural DIY egg dyes. These recipes from Better Homes and Gardens are all simple to make, and use common ingredients you will find in your kitchen pantry cabinet. Just set up an Egg Station on your kitchen island, and get creative!
Since these dyes use all natural ingredients instead of artificial colors and chemicals, don’t expect the bright shades that come from a box. Instead, your eggs will take on soft, pastel hues that are perfect for spring. If you prefer more vibrant colors, let your eggs soak overnight in the refrigerator.
Blue: Cut a quarter of a head of red cabbage into large chunks. Bring four cups of water to a boil, and add the cabbage. Stir in two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let the liquid cool to room temperature, and then remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Green: Peel the skin from six red onions, and simmer the skin in two cups of water for about 15 minutes. Strain out the skin, and add three teaspoons of white vinegar.
Orange: Peel the skin from six yellow onions, and simmer the skin in two cups of water for about 15 minutes. Strain out the skin, and add three teaspoons of white vinegar.
Red: Boil a cup of water and add two tablespoons of paprika and three teaspoons of white vinegar. Stir well until blended.
Yellow: Steep four chamomile or green tea bags for five minutes in a cup of boiling water. Tumeric is also rich is golden yellow color.
Brown: Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup of strongly brewed coffee.
Pink: Cut a medium beet into chunks, and add it to four cups of boiling water. Stir in two tablespoons of white vinegar, and let the liquid cool to room temperature before removing the beets.
Purple: Mix one cup of Concord grape juice with one tablespoon of white vinegar.
At The RTA Store we help make your dream kitchen a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled kitchen cabinets, and accessories with the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your kitchen dreams come true with the help of our free kitchen design tool!