Why do my hard-cooked eggs get green?

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If your eggs bring to mind the Dr. Suess story, fear not. For one thing, "green" eggs are not in anyway unsafe, nor do they taste off—but they are unsightly. The discoloration around the yolk is due to a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. Our method - cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately - minimizes this.

Watch our video on How to Make Hard-Cooked Eggs for step-by-step instructions or follow the recipe instructions for cooking the eggs in French-Style Stuffed Eggs.

Marge Perry
May, 2011
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