How to boil the perfect hard boiled egg

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

How to peel an egg

Things Needed
• One saucepan with a fitted lid
• Cold water to cover two inches above the eggs
• Fresh eggs — brown or white
• One Timer that sets up to twelve minutes

Tips & Warnings
• If you remove the eggs from the boiling water when they are done and put them in cold water, they will be easy to peel.
• Another great way to peel boiled eggs is to roll them gently on a hard surface and then when the shell is all cracked, use the inside of a tea spoon and slide it between the shell and the egg and the shell will just fall off.
• Warning: Don’t let the eggs overboil or the yolks turn green/grey.
• Always keep the handle to the pot faced in so that it doesn’t get knocked or pulled down causing a serious burn.


Comment: 2
    Balchin  16.03.2016 00:30

    Your timing on presenting this zone was perfect. I was able to show it to my husband and say «see, you are not supposed to hardboil an egg for 20 minutes!» Thank you— now I don’t have to eat hard-boiled eggs with that greenish shade of yolk!!

    Bradshaw  10.07.2016 21:53

    Nice zone, with easy 1-2-3. Eggs can be tricky to get right. Soaking them in cold water when cooked helps the shells come off easily but this is no good if you want hot eggs:) My Mum would always sprinkle a little salt, or put a match that had been struck, into the water when the eggs where cooking. Either is supposed to help stop the shells craking and minimise loss if they do. Funny old wives tale I guess. Thumbs up from me.

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