And just when you thought high altitude only messed with your baking.

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I’m sorry I forgot to tell you that our make up tennis match was in a different location- don’t you have ESP? I’m sorry that you had to drive an extra 20 minutes in rush hour traffic on top of the 30 minutes you already drove so you could find the courts. I’m sorry now that you’re actually here to play tennis the court feels like an igloo. If I smile and tell jokes will it make you forget my flakiness? How can I make it up to you? Oh, I know. How about we beat you in a really close tiebreak for the match. Would that make you feel better?

NO. NO, IT INDEED DOES NOT MAKE ME FEEL BETTER. HOW ABOUT AN APOLOGY? HOW ABOUT LETTING US WIN? (not really, that would be worse.) YOU’RE A DINGBAT. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO NICE? AND HOW DID WE LOSE? I NEED A SHOT. AND SOMETHING TO EAT.

Last night didn’t go as planned. But I guess you already gathered as much. I hate losing. There is no way around it. But I also hate when people don’t acknowledge that they f’d up. Admitting you were wrong goes a long way. Just saying.

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I’m not perfect. No really, I’m not. I can’t even hard boil eggs. Or I couldn’t for the longest time. Sometimes they’d crack while cooking. Or if they didn’t crack, they wouldn’t peel. Unless of course, it was like in a million pieces taking 1/2 the egg with it. And sometimes I’d get that totally unappetizing ring around the yolk. Gag me. What was I doing wrong? How is possible that my husband can make hard boiled eggs and I can’t? (He isn’t exactly known for his culinary prowess.) Instead of being the almighty, I let him teach me the way. When you admit you’re wrong, good things come from it. Like eggs. Now if I could just convince the captain of the other tennis team.

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Tips for boiling eggs at high altitude:

  • Use older eggs. 1-2 weeks old are ideal.
  • Let the eggs come to room temperature before you boil them. 10-15 minutes on the counter is perfect.
  • Because of the higher altitude, cook the eggs a few minutes longer and at a roaring boil.
  • Don’t cover the pot.
High Altitude Hard Boiled Eggs

Ingredients

  • One dozen (12) organic eggs, preferably 10-14 days old

Instructions

  1. Set eggs on counter 10-15 minutes before you intend to cook them. Cold eggs straight from the fridge are more likely to crack when you're cooking them.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. (Make sure you have enough water to cover the eggs completely and that the pot is big enough for the eggs to be in a single layer.)
  3. Using a large spoon, slowly and carefully lower the eggs down into the boiling water. Cook eggs for 15 minutes. Turn burner off and let eggs sit another 3 minutes.
  4. Drain off the hot water and add cold water to cover the eggs. I let the water cold water run a minute or two over the eggs before taking them out of the pan and letting them cool completely back in the egg carton.
  5. Store cooled eggs in the refrigerator.
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9 Responses to High Altitude Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Who knew that hard-boiling eggs up in Park City could be so challenging?! Great tips, Kelley.

    And yeah, people need to ‘fess up when they’ve mess up. A little apology never hurt anyone.

  2. Jenny says:

    Sorry you had a frustrating night. If it makes you feel any better – if I were your tennis opponent…you would totally kick my butt. :D

    are these super dee duper hard boiled eggs? I like mine mostly hard boiled with the slightest of soft texture…and I can never ever achieve it. It’s always too soft boiled..or too hard – achieving that chalky yolk texture..yuck! I’ll have to give this a go :) thanks!

  3. Gina says:

    Kelley,

    I had to hunt down your recipe again today because the first time I followed your recipe, I made my first successful hard boiled eggs of my life!! I LOVE hard boiled eggs and have been devastated to not been able to make them well so far. I discovered your site when trying to find yet another website/recipe to try and will never go back. Thank you for being a high altitude food blogger….no one knows our struggles! :-p Thank you SO SO SO much!!! Looking forward to my next batch, and to trying some of your other FANTASTIC recipes!!

  4. Caroline says:

    I was thrilled to find your post as I have lived at 8,000 ft for 5 years and still can’t get hard boiled eggs that are fully cooked, don’t stick to the egg shell, etc. I just followed your instructions and am worried that I may have goofed. I let the eggs sit on the counter for 20 minutes. As I slowly lowered the eggs into the boiling water, 4 of the 10 eggs all cracked!!! Any suggestions? Thank you so much!!

    • Kelley says:

      Oh no!!! Every once in a while I have an egg crack if it hits the bottom or side of the pan too hard but never 4 at once. I use a slotted spoon to gently lower them into the boiling water and only do one egg at a time. Hope that helps!

  5. Dee says:

    I had given up on hard boiled eggs many years ago. Shell removal was painstakingly tedious. Until, in desperation for an egg recipe cause that’s what I have available, I tried this recipe tonight. The shells came off exceedingly easily and the eggs are cooked perfectly! Insert happy dance. Now I’m off to finish making your version of the egg salad sandwich for my kids’ lunches. So, cheers! to my high-altitude-hard-boiled-egg heroes, you and your husband. Thank you for sharing!

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