Step 1 - Get Ready to Hard Boil the Eggs
Your deviled egg cooking classes have begun! I know I receive a lot of questions about the best way to hard boil eggs. And coincidentally, that is the first step to creating deviled eggs, so mastering the cooking and peeling of the eggs is where we begin.
For those of you who already get a great result hard-boiling your eggs (easy to peel, egg white tender, no green ring around the yolk) just skip ahead to "Step 4 - Making the Deviled Egg Filling"
For those who want to improve or perfect their egg-boiling and peeling techniques, read on.
First, for the best peeling results you need to use eggs that are a week or two old. It makes them easier to peel (explained further along) and if you must go buy new eggs, choose ones that are closer to expiry than the others at the supermarket. Once in a while someone will e-mail me and tell me their shells won't come off, and it turned out all were using very fresh eggs.
Take your eggs from the fridge a half hour before you start cooking them. This will reduce the amount of cracks during cooking by reducing the shock of any rapid temperature changes.
Each of the recipes on my site uses 6 eggs. You will likely want to boil 8 to ensure you have enough to make your recipe with. (Here I'm boiling a dozen.) Often, 1 or 2 eggs will crack during boiling, peel very badly, or not have a nicely centered yolk. (Or, if you are like me, you may eat one of the hard-boiled eggs before you even finish the recipe!) So, plan ahead and cook a couple of extras.
Some people have asked if I make a small hole in the end of the egg with a push-pin before boiling. Personally, I have not found that it produces a better result. Sometimes (if you accidentally make the hole too large) the whites start to ooze out the end and the cooked egg will be mis-shapen. That's not a big deal if you are making egg salad, but for deviled eggs you want the cooked white to be nice and round. So, to me it seems unnecessary.
If, however, you are the experimental type, this is where you would make the pinhole, at the fat end of the egg:
Next, we'll start cooking the eggs .....