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Have You Heard of Baking Eggs Instead of Boiling Them?

Friday, October 26, 2012

I love having hard boiled eggs around, but they can be a pain in the tush to make. The pot can boil over if the eggs break in there, making a horrible mess to clean up; there is a risk of not getting them done enough; and there is always the chance that I'll forget about them and wind up with smelly, exploded egg on the ceiling (now THAT'S a riot to clean up!).

Then I read about baking whole eggs, in-shell, on-line and gave it a try. I gotta tell ya- I was nervous. But amazingly, it worked! I am certainly not the first person to blog about this, but thought I would pass this on to my readers in case they did not know about it.

Here's how it's done:

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Put an egg into each of either a regular sized or mini muffing tin. I have two muffin tins that make 12 muffins each, so I can either cook one or two dozen eggs at a time. (Alternately, you can put the eggs right on the racks in the oven, but if one of the eggs cracks I'd rather clean up a muffin tin than the bottom of my oven.)

Stick the tin in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. (Now you have something screaming at you at the end of the cook time, so you won't forget and boil all the water out of the pot and risk your whole kitchen smell like burnt egg shells. Nasty!)

Hang on to your egg cartons- You'll store the cooked eggs in them when they are done.

When the timer goes off, take your eggs out of the oven, but leave them in the tin for 5 minutes at room temp. They will have little brown spots on them, but don't worry about it: They will come off in the next step.

In the meantime, fill something with cold water (I just plug up my sink and turn the water on, filling it enough to just cover the eggs). At the end of 5 minutes, put the eggs into the cold water. (I use tongs if they are still too hot to handle.)

The muffin tin is usually clean still, so I just put it back in my cabinet.

When the eggs have cooled, put them in the saved egg carton. Be sure to mark it, so that you know which eggs are hard boiled and which are not in your fridge. I put an "HB" on the sides of my carton with a sharpie so I can see it easily when I open the fridge.

That's it- Perfectly cooked "hard boiled" eggs without the watch-time and potential mess of doing them on the stove. Yay!
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    I did that for Easter. The whites were kind of speckled with brownish spots, but they tasted fine. emoticon
    1695 days ago
    Never heard of this. I have head of microwaving them.
    1725 days ago
    sweet thanks gonna try it!
    1739 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Is the texture different? Alton Brown says they have a slightly different texture but are easier to peel.
    1757 days ago
    I heard that on pinterest and you can freeze them too!
    1757 days ago
  • MIZINA730
    I have an egg cooker, but it doesn't make 12 or 24 at a time! This allows you to make them perfectly with little mess without another gadget sitting around the kitchen. When mine breaks (I'm on my second one), I won't be buying one! Thanks for posting!

    1757 days ago
    Thank you for the info.. never heard of it! Think I will try it n ext time, how quick and easy! emoticon
    1757 days ago
    I remember a FB post about these once, but forgot to go back and try it out. Thanks for the reminder!
    1757 days ago
  • BERRY4
    I've never heard of this option. I guess I can give anything a try... but I will probably stick to hard boiled since I haven't had much of any accidents worth writing home about.
    (Yikes! Cleaning them off the ceiling!?!)
    Enjoy your weekend! emoticon
    1758 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/26/2012 1:58:55 PM
    I may give this a try, I am open to something new. I usually put eggs into a pot and once the water boils I turn off the stove and let the eggs sit for 20 minutes. The eggs come out perfect.
    1758 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this. I'll give it a try. Right now I have an omelet baking in the oven, so why not a whole egg.

    Regarding marking them with HB, one funny story. One day I discovered my 4 year old son breaking eggs on the kitchen table making a real mess. He was upset too since he expected them to be hardboiled. "What's wrong", he said, "I wrote the H on them!"
    1758 days ago
    Heard of it, but never tried. Thanks for sharing. Will give it a go this weekend:)

    1758 days ago
  • FIXED531
    When I was in school my mom tried to cook an egg in the shell in the microwave. She did poke a hole in the shell to vent steam, but it wasn't big enough, so I woke to the sound of a grenade going off in the kitchen at 6 in the morning. That was about 30 years ago and I still bring it up on occasion. I like the baked method much better.
    1758 days ago
  • IRP1114
    Thanks for sharing :-)!
    1758 days ago
    I have heard of this but not tried it.... yet
    1758 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    I have never heard of this....very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing!
    1758 days ago
    Sounds interesting!! Thanks for sharing!!
    1758 days ago
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