Hot Eggs on a Cold Day

coziesA boiled egg for breakfast is one of life’s simple pleasures. But in an old house on a cold Minnesota morning, even a boiled egg needs a little help staying warm. These warm, wooly egg cozies are like a stocking cap for your eggs, keeping them hot until the coffee’s made or the kids are at the table.

I found the free instructions for these felted egg cozies on Ravelry. They were a quick project, with each one taking about an hour to knit. I opted to use some colorful Peer Gynt yarn remnants that I had around the house. I’ve had varying success with felting projects in the past, but after a few minutes in some hot, soapy water and a couple of cold rinses — voila! — these felted right up.

After your cozies are complete, you’ll be ready to enjoy boiled eggs cooked to your liking. There are a lot egg-boiling techniques out there, but I’ve had great luck with a method I found in a Williams-Sonoma cookbook:

  1. In a small saucepan, cover eggs with at least an inch of water.
  2. Bring the eggs to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Immediately cover the pot and remove from heat. Let the eggs stand in the hot water until they are cooked to your desired firmness: 5 minutes for soft-boiled, 9 minutes for medium-boiled, and 14 minutes for hard-boiled.
  4. Serve immediately, or keep them warm for a while inside an egg cozy. You can transfer medium- or hard-boiled eggs to an ice bath for at least 5 minutes if you plan to eat them later or use them in a recipe.

A tip for serving boiled eggs: While I think some kitchen gadgets are unnecessary or overrated, I highly endorse these egg scissors. They’re inexpensive, they don’t take up much drawer space, and you will never go back to whacking your eggs with a knife again.