The Spin on Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs can be spun like a top. Did you know that?

I opened my parents’ fridge, as I’m wont to do every time I visit, and discovered a dish of eggs on each of the top shelves. I asked Pop which ones were hard-boiled. He wasn’t sure, so he suggested I do the spin test.

“What’s that,” I said. Surprised and, no doubt, disappointed that I did not know this, he proceeded to show me how a hard-boiled egg can be spun like a top but a raw egg cannot.

This prompted me to do a little research. I learned that the perfect hard-boiled egg is boiled for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on its size. If the yolk has a gray or greenish ring around it, it’s overcooked. An over-boiled egg is tough to peel, too.

For an easy peel, shock the eggs by placing them in ice water immediately after boiling. But if the eggs are very fresh, they won’t peel well. It’s best to use eggs that have been sitting in the fridge for 10 or more days.

Oh, and a fresh egg will sink in water. An old egg will float.

Egg-citing info, huh?

Mangia & Enjoy!

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