How to: Make Hard Boiled Eggs

dscn2473While my husband was away for work, he called to ask me how to hard boil eggs. Now this might sound a bit ridiculous, but he realized that though he’s often in the kitchen while I’m making most things, he never pays attention to exactly what I’m doing.  So, honey, here you go… My tips for perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs!

1. Figure out how many eggs you want to make, then get a pot that is big enough they all fit in one level in the bottom with a little room to move around while cooking.  This may be the only time you hear this, but using eggs that are a few days older is better – as eggs age, the membrane pulls away from the shell, making it much easier to peel off the shell after cooking.

2. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the eggs with 1″ of cold water.  Using cold water allows the eggs to heat more slowly and prevents cracking.

3.  Place the uncovered pot on the stove over high heat and bring the water just to a boil.

4. Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the stove, cover with a tight fitting lid and let sit for exactly 15 minutes.

5. Just before the 15 minutes are up, fill a large bowl with cold water and throw in a few ice cubes.

6. Once your timer goes off, remove the eggs from the hot water and place in the ice water to stop the cooking.   Leave the eggs in the ice water for 10-15 minutes or until they don’t give off any heat when you hold one tightly in your hand.

7.  Dry off eggs and place in carton in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.  Hard boiled eggs will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.




Filed under Food, Healthy, How To

10 responses to “How to: Make Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Neighbor Nancy

    Peeling tip- super fresh eggs can be a bear to peel. Either use eggs that are at least a week old or pop them into the freezer for 5 minutes just before peeling. hm… maybe both.

  2. oneordinaryday

    I learned to make hard-boiled eggs watching the food network’s Sara Moulton many years ago. This is exactly the way I learned to make the perfect hard-boiled egg!

  3. Keith

    Thank you so much for the help. Hungry and didn’t have any other food in the house.

  4. Neighbor Nancy

    Oh, Keith let me introduce you to waiting-for-payday recipes.
    Look for the category on the right, love.
    I won’t have anyone running about hungry, you know.

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  6. Igors

    This very good

  7. This is so simple, yet so hard to remember! Every time I cook them (which is approximately once every six years!) I have to Google “How to cook a hard boiled egg.” Your blog came up on the first page of Google results. Awesome!!

    –Deborah Dephicit,

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