How to make perfect Hard Boiled Eggs



pan that is big enough to comfortably hold the eggs 

cold water to cover the eggs by about an inch 

ice for cooling eggs 

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Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

For hard-boiled eggs that are easier to peel, use older eggs. Buy your eggs a week or two before you plan to boil them and let them age in the fridge.

Don't overcook your eggs! This keeps the green color away and prevents sulphur tasting eggs.


Best version:

Steam your eggs! With a steamer pan or insert put your eggs after the water is robustly boling and in about 8 minutes you get a soft yolk and 12 minutes you get a perfect hard boiled egg. Unfortunately like all hard boiling you need an ice bath to cool them immediatly to stop the cooking and making peeling the shell possible.

Check out Stephen's comment below!

Version 1 - may lead to the easiest shell peeling

#1: Bring a large pot of water to boil. 

#2: Place the eggs in with a slotted spoon into the boiling water, turn the heat down to medium high and continue at a low boil. 

#3: Cook for 8 to 10 minutes

#4 Remove eggs and place in an ice bath until chilled.

Version 2 - may lead to more consistent yolk texture.

#1: Place eggs in pan and cover with water by 1 inch.

#2: Bring to a low boil and remove from heat.

#3: Cover and let sit for 8 to 12 minutes.

#4: Remove from pan and place in an ice bath. Let the eggs cool completely.

Ice bath helps with stopping the cooking it also makes the eggs easier to peel. Eat or store in the refrigerator.

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Which Egg
When selecting eggs remember that there is no difference intge number of calories or taste between a white and a brown egg. White eggs come from white chickens brown eggs from brown chickens. For boiling the brown are miles better because the shell is harder. My local Greek grocer tells me the brown eggs are more expensive because brown chickens eat more than white chickens.
by John Kimber
Version 3
My Version (quick and easy) 1. Put 1 inch of water in a double boiler pan. 2. Put the double boiler pan on the stove on high heat. 3. Put as many eggs that will fit in a single layer in the top double boiler pan. 4. Wait 1 minute for the water to start boiling. 5. Put the top pan on the double boiler and put on a lid. 6. Cook for 12 to 13 minutes. (see what works for you) 7. Remove the lid, place in the sink, run cold water in the pan and gently dump the eggs into the cold water. Using this method I can have hard boiled eggs in about 15 minutes....Enjoy!
by Stephen King