This is how I'll do it.........
1. PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. HEAT over high heat just to boiling.
2. REMOVE fromburner. COVER pan. LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (12 minutes for medium eggs; 18 minutes for extra large). 3. DRAIN immediately and serve. OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.
- Hard-cooked, not hard-boiled. Although the cooking water must come to a full boil in this method, the pan is immediately removed from the heat so that the eggs cook gently in the hot water. This produces tender, not rubbery, eggs and minimizes cracking.
- Banish the greenish ring. This harmless but unsightly discoloration that sometimes forms around hard-cooked yolks results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. Our method – cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately – minimizes this.
This is Rosa. She's a bit nervous...... This is Diamond. She will let anyone pick her up. She's very friendly and curious...... And Snowball. Lucky, lucky Snowball.
When Snowball was a mere few weeks old, she was out in the yard pecking away at the ground with her other chick friends and Joe, who also happened to be out there. Out of nowhere, a hawk swoops down and lands right next to Snowball. Not Good. Joe runs for Snowball while at the same time yelling at the hawk. The hawk then proceeds to pick Snowball up and fly into the sky. Joe continues to yell at the hawk, takes his slipper off in the process and hurls it at the hawk. The big bird is too far away for the slipper to reach. The hawk, who by this time, is so close to tasting the 'snack' he's caught, drops Snowball to the ground. Phew!! Snowball was a little dazed, but survived.
Snowball is healthy and doing just fine today. Joe says he couldn't havc asked for a more fitting name for Snowball......because "she didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of surviving" if it weren't for him.
Joe and Snowball share a special bond.
The three laying hens are about 6 months old now, and are about ready to begin laying eggs any day now.