So who’s excited to eat all those hard boiled eggs this weekend? Is that cricket’s I hear? Yeah, me neither. Eggs might have gone to waste a few times over here *ahem *. That bugs me, waste really bothers me. So I’ve come up with some tricks to make Easter egg eating more enjoyable.
Plan your meal
Yes we all make our eggs for the hunt but it’s a waste if you don’t eat them! So plan a meal, that happens to have brightly colored eggs in them. Then only cook the number of eggs you’ll use in it. If you have a plan for the eggs they are more likely to be eaten.
‘But that’s not enough for an egg hunt!’
Ok, go get some plastic eggs and fill them with candy, toys, or glow sticks from Target’s dollar spot. Just do what works for your family.
Everything tastes better fresh, even if you don’t like something it’s less revolting when fresh. In the case of Easter I’ll boil the eggs the day before the hunt. That’s the latest I can boil them and still have the kids color them. Then I’ll use them at lunch, the closest meal I can to their being cooked. Yeah 24 hours isn’t too fresh in my opinion but we’ve got a holiday to cater to here.
The fresher your eggs the more balanced the yolks will be. The lack of gray tells us they aren’t overcooked.
Don’t over cook
Nothing is less appetizing than the gray ring on egg yolk. Yes it’s safe and edible but ick! Just help yourself, or picky toddler out, and don’t!
Here’s how I cook them
- Bring water to a boil and then add the eggs. (The eggs cook without as much swelling leaving more room between the shell and egg-easier peeling)
- Just as it starts to boil, set a timer for 4 min.
- At 4 minutes turn the heat off.
- Set the timer for 20 minutes and let the eggs finish cooking in the hot water.
- Fill a large bowl with ice water.
- transfer the eggs, quickly and gently, from the hot water to the cold. Minimize the amount of hot water that comes with the egg.
- Place more ice in bowl.
- Let eggs cool completely
- Peel, the hubster taught me to hit it all over with a spoon, making as many cracks as possible. I was surprised how much easier this is. The membrane inside keeps all the little pieces together and the breaks act more like hinges.
*Cooling so quickly from the hot to cold encourages the egg to shrink at a faster rate than the shell, leaving more room between them. It makes peeling much easier.
**Also fresher eggs are harder to peel as they have less room between the layers of membrane and shell. So this is a great use for less fresh eggs.
Focus off the egg
If you don’t like eggs, than make something else the main focus of the meal. At the very least pair it with some perfectly baked bacon. We enjoy our eggs in cobb salad because there’s such a variety of flavors: ham, cheese, onion, tomato. It takes the focus off the egg.
Kids, myself included, are more likely to try it. It took 2 times but now my children will eat hard boiled eggs in a salad. We’re still working on their eating a lot of any given part of the salad but they’ll try a bite of everything now! We’ve tried straight eggs in many varieties and many times, but they wouldn’t touch it. Taking the pressure off of any one food did the trick.
This goes for adults as well as kids, even yourself. If you don’t like doing something make a reward. Early in our marriage I bribed myself with ice cream to get me in the habit of doing the dishes-not kidding. Loosen up, if the picky eater tried it consider it a win.
Have a backup plan
So you ate a bite but really can’t stand to go on, great! Take the stress off yourself or your toddle by having a backup plan. We have yogurt and chicken nuggets on hand for just an occasion. The less stress related to a food the better, next time is far more likely to have success.
Easter eggs, bunnies, and all that just say spring to me so I also have a spring round up for the occasion.
First off-my front door. We’re all planted and ready for the season! I just can’t wait to enjoy fresh green beans. Pioneer woman has my favorite recipe.
And last but not least this butterfly cake. It’s a boxed cake that she dressed up. This same technique can be used for any shape. Imagine a bunch of snowflakes on blue cupcakes for a frozen party! Head on over to check out the tutorial.
Perfectly boiled eggs
Recipe by Somethin Outta Nothin
Fill pan with water, then add the eggs.
Turn heat on. Boil for 4 minutes.
Turn heat off and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 20 minutes.
Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water quickly and gently.
Place more ice in bowl.
Let it cool completely.
Cobb salad (single serving)
Recipe by Somethin Outta Nothin
1 cup salad greens
1/8 cup roma tomato chopped
1/8 cup carrot chopped
1/8 cup chopped ham (about 1 thick slice of sandwich meat)
1/8-1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
sprinkling of sunflower seeds (optional)
ranch dressing (optional)
whatever else you want-it’s a salad!
What’s your favorite Easter tradition?