Nature’s Perfect Muscle Snack
Hard-boiled eggs are nature’s perfect muscle-building snack. Here’s how to make ones that don’t suck.
You better believe there’s a right way and a wrong way to hardboil an egg. I’m reminded of the wrong way every time I eat one that I didn’t make.
Rubbery outside. Bluish-gray inside. Absolutely disgusting.
Which is a shame because as far as I’m concerned, eggs are nature’s perfect food.
Loaded with protein, high-quality fat, and nutrients with extra-long names (try phosphatidlycholine), hardboiled eggs are the perfect muscle-building snack when you’re feeling lazy. Have two or three with some baby carrots, salami, berries, and raw nuts and you’ve got yourself a decent meal.
But why do most hardboiled eggs suck? Two reasons.
First, most guys use sub-par eggs from sad little chickens. (I’m guessing about the sad part.) That’s why you should leave the fluorescent white 99-cents-per-dozen eggs alone.
A dozen high-quality eggs should cost between four and six bucks, which, if you shop with my girlfriend, will result in an eye-roll that means, “I can’t believe you’re actually gonna spend 6 dollars on eggs.” (Believe it, babe.)
Personally, I look for free-range, pasture-raised eggs. Bonus points if there’s a smiling chicken on the front of the package.
Second, most guys boil their eggs for way too long, leading to rubbery outsides and gray insides.
You want your eggs to be soft yet firm with a nice yellowish-orange yolk.
How To Make
The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
1. Get a large pot, fill it three-quarters of the way full with water and put it on a burner over high heat. Add a few pinches of sea salt to the water, cover it, and bring to a boil.
2. Using a Tablespoon, gently lower each egg into the boiling water one at a time. It helps to hold the spoon against the side of the pot as you lower the egg. Also, quickly dipping the egg in and out of the water once or twice will reduce the likelihood of it cracking. Still, if it does crack a little, don’t worry. It’ll still cook and taste great.
3. Don’t burn yourself while doing Step 2.
4. Reduce the heat to medium-high. You still want it to be boiling, but not a high rolling bubble. Don’t cover.
5. Set a timer for 9 minutes and entertain yourself while they cook. Now would be a good time to play Angry Birds or some other game you should only play when it’s obvious you’re not gonna get anything productive done.
6. As soon as the timer goes off, take the pot off the stove, go to the sink and dump out the hot water while adding cold water from the faucet. Fill up the pot with cold water and let it sit for a couple minutes. Play more Angry Birds.
7. Peel, sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat. Put any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Otherwise your whole fridge will smell like eggs, which will drive your housemates crazy.
8. Get on with your day.
Hardboiled eggs are one of our favorite muscle-building snacks, hands down. What are yours? Got anything that take a few minutes to throw together and tastes awesome? Let us know below. We’ll randomly pick one comment to win a free copy of our
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