Chances are you’ve seen your grandma do it: poke eggs before they’re cooked. But what benefit does it actually provide? And how do you do that best?
Life hack: prick eggs before cooking them
Poking a tiny hole in the wide side of an eggshell has its advantages. Firstly, because air can escape from the egg, the proteins will be able to set more evenly. This will allow your hard-boiled egg to solidify nicely and your egg will not have a flat bottom.
In addition, your egg will also crack less quickly . The statement reads as follows. An unpricked egg is full of air. This air will expand due to the heat of your cooking water, causing the warm, expanded air to escape. Result: your eggshell cracks. A cracked egg is of course not a disaster if you wanted to make egg salad, for example, but it is less ideal if you wanted to paint Easter eggs or serve bread soldiers, for example.
Finally, piercing your eggs would make your eggs easier to peel . We’d love to hear that, because is there anything more hateful than an eggshell bursting into a thousand pieces while peeling? We doubt it.
Piercing eggs: this is how you do it
There are specially designed egg piercers for piercing eggs that you can order online. These are extra handy, because you place the eggs in a kind of holder with the needle in it. Poking yourself in the fingers is virtually impossible with this tool.
Still, you don’t have to buy such a fancy gadget to prick your eggs. You can also do this with a needle, a thumbtack or a safety pin. You know what to do…
Our favorite recipes with boiled eggs:
- trendy egg sando (egg salad sandwich 2.0)
- Korean stuffed eggs with crispy quail eggs
- Sauce gribiche: a sauce based on boiled egg