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Pin Tested: Hard Boiled Eggs That Aren’t Boiled

Sometimes a pin comes along that I just have to test. Is it ultra cool? Will it make my life easier? Can it make me appear to be a cook without me actually having to cook? These are the pins I put to the test.

Baked Eggs pin from Pinterest

Boiling eggs? Not my forte. I always over or under cook them. But this pin for baking eggs comes straight from the advice of Alton Brown, god of all things food- and science-related. My husband learned to cook by watching Alton Brown’s Good Eats on the Food Network. So, it’s sort of like Alton’s been feeding me–quite well–all these years. Seemed like this pin might be on to something.

Place your eggs vertically on the oven rack. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. These brown specks on the shells must be from the guck coating my not-exactly-clean-enough-for-a pic oven, right? Nope. The brown spots are from…well, who knows? I’ve done this test twice and the spots appeared both times. I’m sure food-science-savvy Alton has some techie explanation. Or, maybe it is the yuck from inside my oven, splattering when the temperature rises. I clean less than I cook so it’s totally possible. No worries. The spots disappear from the shells when you immerse the eggs in ice cold water for 10 minutes.

See? Science-experimenty.

A couple of tiny brown specs remain on a few of the eggs once they’re peeled. And some of the eggs have funny dimples. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating (or something like that. Mmmmm. Pudding…). No matter the occasionally spotty, dented appearance. These babies taste as good as their hard-boiled counterparts. But they’re perfectly cooked. Every time. Well, OK. Both times is all I can vouch for.

The pin points to the original blog post, by Greetings From the Asylum, which gives more specific and foodie-related directions.

Pin Tested: San Antonio Mom Blogs approved!


  1. So cool, I must try this.

    • colleenpence says:

      Neven, it’s kind of fun. And it’s no more work than boiling them and trying to guess if they’re properly cooked.

  2. I never have seen this done before and actually would have thought it would burn or explode the egg. So its pretty awesome to see that you got good hard boiled eggs.

    • colleenpence says:

      Alvina, it seems crazy that it works, right? But I have 10 perfect eggs sitting in my fridge! (There would be 12 but they’re so good I ate two.)

  3. Rebecca Turner says:

    This is how I “boil” eggs every time! Yep, I found it on the oh-so-holy Pinterest. What I would do without that site, I don’t know!
    Nice to meet you today, Colleen! I was the girl(lady?), to your right at The Discovery School!

    • Colleen Pence says:

      Hi, Rebecca! Yes, it was so great meeting you at the Discovery School today. What a wonderful parenting session by Carrie Contey. I learned so much!

      I LOVE Pinterest and find all sorts of incredible things there (some duds, too, like the pumpkin bread that I could never actually get to be “bread,” but more often I find gems). What’s your Pinterest account? I’ll follow you there.

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