Hard Boiled Aesthetics

Categories: Food

Whenever I’ve made hard boiled eggs in the past, they are hard to peel and just plain ugly. Idle internetting has perhaps provided a solution that has been passed down since at least the time of the great Pepin. Claire Lower relates the problem and solution:

I poked the bottoms of my eggs with a thumbtack to create tiny holes, then lowered them straight into boiling water for nine minutes before rinsing them in cold water and peeling them. It worked, and it solved my cracking issue. Not only were my eggs much more rounded at the bottom, but none of them cracked. And they all peeled like a dream.

So, as Lifehacker points out above, just poke a little hole in it.

Taste with Your Ears – Cook’s Science

Categories: Food

Kathy Gunst, a radio journalist and the resident chef at NPR’s Here and Now, interviewed chef Jacques Pépin for the first time on the radio about ten years ago. She wanted to hear about what he had learned from his many decades in the kitchen. What he said surprised her. Because what he described did not have to do with flavor combinations or ingredient sourcing. It had to do with sound.Pépin told her he could walk into a kitchen where a young cook was searing a steak and immediately tell if the steak was going to be overcooked. Not by looking. Just by the quality of the sound.

Source: Taste with Your Ears – Cook’s Science