Hard-Boiled Egg - How Many Calories?

Eggs are rich in protein and are a nutritional powerhouse. While relatively high in cholesterol (about 212 mg in a hard-boiled egg), in moderation, they won't do any harm. In fact, research has shown that eating up to seven eggs in a week doesn't increase your risk for heart disease.

A hard-boiled egg is a convenient and energy-boosting snack. But how many calories are in a hard-boiled egg?

A hard-boiled egg has around 70 calories. Cut on top of a salad or just enjoyed on its own, a hard-boiled egg is a healthful addition to any diet. With 6 grams of highly-digestible protein and a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, eggs add good nutrition to your day. What's more, more than half of the 5 grams of fat in an egg are unsaturated.

Make some hard-boiled eggs and store them in your fridge (shells on) for convenient and nutritious snacks.

Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe And Use them to Make Devilled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs have a long history besides being used for Easter. Learn how to make the perfect one and how to use it in a Dilly Devilled Egg recipe.

Eggs have been used by humans for many years. There is some evidence that India domesticated fowl in 3200 B.C.E and there is archaeological evidence that eggs were eaten as far back to the Neolithic age. Romans found chickens being used for collection of eggs in England and with the Germans. There is a great deal of documentation that eggs were used to bake bread and cake with the ancient Egyptians. Unfortunately it is hard to find evidence that eggs were eaten as a main dish but that may be because they were simple food. No one needed a recipe to fry and egg or hard boil one.

Symbolism of Eggs

Eggs have held symbolism of life; in fact there are several Creation Stories that describe how the universe was hatched by an egg. European pagan cultures connected the egg with life and in the Christian religion it means resurrection, thus why eggs are colored and used at Easter time. There are even some cultures that assign magical attributes to eggs. In some Eastern European countries eggs are applied to garden hoes to make sure the dirt they touch will be fertile. In some countries a bride and groom will exchange eggs in order to ensure fertility and many children. Some cultures use eggs to tell the future; after boiling them the cracks will tell upcoming events. Jews serve boiled eggs at Passover as a symbol of sacrifice and rebirth.

Easter Eggs

In any case, hard boiled eggs take a front seat during the Easter Season. They are boiled and painted in bright colors and placed in Easter Baskets. Surprisingly enough some cultures do not boil the eggs before painting them. Pysanky are raw eggs that have been painted with geometric figures commonly in Eastern Europe. They are usually dyed with a black or red background and other forms in bright colors. The lightest color is used first then covered with bee’s wax to protect that color from the next dye and dipped in the next color – and so on. The egg inside is then blown out so that only the shell is used.

Hard boiled eggs at Easter are usually enjoyed by all and eaten after the shell is taken off, used to make devilled eggs, or made into egg salad. How does one boil the perfect hard boiled egg? I’ll tell you.

Hard boiled eggs have a tendency for their yolks to look sort of green. Since this isn’t a Dr. Seuss Festival with “Green eggs and Ham”, Easter Eggs should have fluffy yellow yolks. They are much more appetizing that way. Here is how to make the perfect Hard Boiled Egg.

Are Your Eggs Fresh?

First you must have fresh eggs. How do you know if they are fresh? There is an easy method. Put a raw egg in a glass of water. If it sinks to the bottom it is fresh. If the small end comes up, it is still pretty fresh. If it floats it isn’t that fresh.

Another, possibly easier method is to look at one of the short ends of the carton. There should be a three digit number there and that correlates with the day the eggs are packed in the carton and is the day of the year they were packed. In other words 001 would be January 1st and 365 would mean they were packed on December 31st.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Place eggs in a SINGLE layer in the bottom of a pan and cover with about 2 inches of COLD water.
  2. Turn on the burner to high and as soon as they come to a full boil remove them from the heat and let them sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour some of the water out of the pan and replace it with cold water 3 times in 10 minute intervals.
  4. Your eggs will come out with beautiful yellow centers instead of those green icky looking ones.
  5. How can you tell if the egg is finished or not? That is easy. Take the cooled egg and set it on a smooth surface like the kitchen counter on its side. Spin the egg. If it spins quickly and readily, it is done. If the egg doesn’t want to spin, spins unevenly, or spins slowly, it isn’t done.

How long can you keep Hard Boiled Eggs?

How long will boiled eggs last (colored or not)? Usually they will keep about a week. Boiled eggs don’t last as long as raw eggs because there is a protective coating on the shell of raw eggs. When you put the egg in water and boil it the protective coating comes off and the eggs will have a shorter shelf life.

You can make devilled eggs with your colored ones. Here is an easy and delicious recipe.

Day After Easter Dilly Devilled Eggs

  • ½ c shredded cucumber
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 hard cooked eggs, shells removed
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon dill weed
  • Chopped chives

  1. In a bowl combine cucumber and salt and let stand for 15 minutes. The salt will extract the liquid from the cucumber. Drain well, pressing out excess liquid. Set aside.
  2. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks placing them into a bowl and mashing them with a fork.
  3. Add sour cream, and dill weed. Mix well.
  4. Stir in drained cucumber.
  5. Fill whites with yolk mixture and garnish with chives.
  6. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour and serve.
Bear in mind that eggs should never be kept out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. That means the Easter Bunny should never be put in baskets the night before and left overnight. The more practical solution to this problem is NOT to put them in Easter Baskets and bring them out at lunch or dinner in a basket of their own. Just make sure to put them back in the refrigerator when lunch or dinner is done and then you can make the traditional Day after Easter Devilled Eggs.

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