The Perfect Egg

A few weeks ago I stumbled on an article claiming to have cracked the code for the perfect hard-boiled egg.  It promised a well cooked, fluffy yolk, a non-rubbery egg white, and easy peeling!  I’ve heard similar claims before and so I was skeptical of this one, but decided to give it a try.  I’ve made them multiple times with the same results so I’m confident when I tell you, these eggs are perfect!  Here is the step-by-step:

  • bring water to a boil
  • lower cold eggs from the refrigerator into boiling water using a ladle or spoon (so they don’t crack)
  • boil for 30 seconds
  • pour a large cup (or 2)  of ice into the pot of boiling water
  • once the water reaches a boil again, cook for 11 minutes
  • remove from heat and drain water
  • run eggs under cold water until they’re cool to the touch
  • place in refrigerator

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Food preparation helps children contribute to their eating experience, aids in concentration and fine motor skill development.  They get to see a task from start to finish and taste the fruits of their labor.  There are so many benefits to an egg peeling lesson for young children, but when eggs aren’t cooked properly, they can get frustrated and overwhelmed.  I’ve seen this frustration firsthand with my daughter because so much of the egg goes out with the peel!  I decided to try this lesson again using these perfect eggs and she loved it.  Here is the step-by-step:

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  • prepare a tray or table with a plate, two small bowls (one containing a small amount of water), egg slicer and crackers
  • using the heel of your hand, roll the egg around on the table to crack the shell
  • peel the egg and place eggshells into the empty bowl
  • place peeled egg into the small bowl of water to wash off any bits of leftover shell
  • use the egg slicer to cut the egg and place on the plate
  • take one slice of egg and place on a cracker
  • enjoy your snack!

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*Looking at these pictures now, I see that I should’ve set up the tray differently.  Next time,  I’ll place the bowls on the left side of tray, egg slicer in the middle and plate on the right side.   Montessori lessons typically move from left to right as an indirect preparation for reading.  I knew something felt a little off!

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