How to boil the perfect hard boiled egg
Use the size saucepan that will hold your eggs compactly. This will prevent the eggs from bouncing all over the pot when the water is boiling.
Fill the saucepan with cold water and add the eggs immediately. Do not heat the water in advance. When the water is cold it compromises the coldness of the egg and both the water and egg heat up at the same time. When you add a cold egg to boiling water, the shock will cause the shell to crack.
Put the lid on the pot and bring the water to a boil.
Then once your water begins to boil, turn off the burner.
Then set the timer so that your eggs are left in the pot for the length of time that allows the eggs to cook to your prefered taste. Most people will keep them in the previously boiled water for about 12 minutes.
When they are boiled to your preference, remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and add them to a bowl full of ice water. This will help them from overcooking. and carefully drain the water. Let them sit until the eggs are cooled.
Cook time: 5 to 7 minutes
These eggs are more solid yet still slightly spongy and may be still awkward to peel. They can be sliced and eaten in salads or sandwiches and are very tasty.
Cook time: 10 minute eggs
These eggs are fully cooked and hard. They are easy to peel and are the perfect substance for making egg salad and deviled eggs.