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Learn how to how to boil eggs and make perfect hard boiled eggs the easy way in just a few simple steps. Get those perfectly firm whites and creamy yellow centers every time you boil eggs!
I learned how to make hard boiled eggs when I was about sixteen. I have used this method for over twenty years, in recipes like my mom’s Best Ever Classic Macaroni Salad, and of course for making the best Egg Salad, and it has never failed me. Not once! I’ve seen several different methods that cooks swear by, but this is the one that has always worked for me.
When I was fifteen, I was entrusted with the job of making and coloring hard boiled eggs for my nieces and nephews to hunt on Easter morning. It was a pretty high honor as far as I was concerned and I was determined to make the best hard boiled eggs ever.
On Easter morning, I had my beautiful eggs all hidden and the kids loved finding them. Until one dropped on the ground and splattered half cooked egg all over the patio. Apparently I didn’t know how to boil eggs after all.
The next year I knew I’d better step up my game. I was home from school on spring break and happened to catch the end of the 11 am news and Mr. Food was on. To be fair, I wasn’t trying to watch the news, I just didn’t want to miss the beginning of my favorite soap.
Anyway, Mr. Food had the perfect method for boiling eggs – YES! It was just what I needed. I began using his method and I had perfect eggs – every time! Except for the time I forgot to set the timer and ended up boiling them for half an hour…but that’s another story for another time.
I wanted to share my foolproof method with you today and tricks I’ve picked up when learning how to boil eggs.
That’s all there is to it! Perfect eggs, with a nice creamy, bright yellow center.
Depending on how you prefer your eggs, you may want them to sit in the water a little more or a little less, anywhere from 8-14 minutes you should still get perfect hard boiled eggs. If you prefer the centers to be a little softer (I actually prefer mine pretty firm), remove the eggs from the water at 8-10 minutes. You may need to do a few test runs to find the timing that works best for you.
The timing also may differ based on the size of your pan, the heat from your burner, the size of the eggs, and how many you cook at a time. Find a time and pot that works for you and stick with it.
The easiest answer here is to watch the clock. Soft boiled eggs will take 6-8 minutes, a medium soft egg will take 8-10 minutes, and a hard boiled egg with a creamy and light yellow center will take 12 minutes.
Make sure to set your timer. If you forgot the only tried and true way to know if your egg is cooked properly is to crack it open and test it.
Adding a tablespoon of salt to the water as it boils or a couple teaspoons of vinegar can help make your eggs easier to peel.
Another method I’ve recently heard about starts with boiling water instead of the cold water start described in my recipe. The shells usually come off pretty easily but I’ve often lost 2-3 eggs to cracks in the process.
As mentioned above, putting cold eggs into boiling water can cause them to crack immediately. Also placing too many eggs in the pot can cause the shells to crack. It’s also possible that the crack pre-existed and just got bigger. Cracks in the eggs don’t necessarily make them inedible as long as they are small.
Sometime the peel can be difficult to remove, result in a lumpy looking surface. This doesn’t make the egg inedible, it’s just not as pretty. Start by tapping the blunt end of the egg on the counter, then use one of these methods to help peel the eggs a little easier. Some people swear by these simple tricks:
Here are some more great recipes to use up your hard cooked eggs: