{How To} Perfectly Hard Boil an Egg

7 Apr

I have an embarrassing confession friends. There was a time I didn’t know how to hard boil an egg. I wanted to make my great grandma’s potato salad, so I got the eggs out of the refrigerator. Suddenly, I just stopped in my tracks and stared at the carton of eggs as I realized I wasn’t exactly sure how to hard boil and egg.

Seriously? I never even thought about it until that very moment. Do I put the egg into boiling water like pasta? Do I put it into cold water like potatoes? How long does it take for an egg to become hard boiled?! Good thing my mom is always only a phone call away! If I asked these questions there’s a chance many of you out there are asking and wondering the same things. Therefor I bring you a tutorial, How to Perfectly Hard Boil an egg!

First of all, you shouldn’t actually boil a hard boiled egg. You simmer a hard boiled egg!

Secondly, you don’t want fresh eggs. The eggs should be several days old because the shell is a semi-permeable membrane, so the air can pass through. The older eggs have a large air sac and are easier to peel!

Gently place your eggs in a pot.

Fill the pot with cold water, just enough to cover the eggs.

Bring the water to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes {for large eggs} 12 minutes {for jumbo eggs}.

Run cold tap water into the pot.

When the eggs are cool enough to handle, tap the large end of the egg on a hard surface {this is usually where the air bubble is} and peel under running water.

See, no ugly gray ring around the outside of the yolk, perfect!



*Note* You could also bring the eggs to a boil, then remove from the heat and let sit covered in the pot for 20 minutes and they will be perfectly cooked! Thank you so much Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake)!!

*Also! If you add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when bringing the water to a boil, the shells remove easily! {Thanks, again!}


2 Responses to “{How To} Perfectly Hard Boil an Egg”

  1. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) April 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Love hard boiled eggs and always add them to my fresh garden salads. I’ve always brought them to a boil then remove them from the heat and let them sit on the covered pot for 20 minutes. Perfect every time! Also, if you add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when bringing the water to a boil, the shells remove easily. Beautiful shot of your eggs by the way.

  2. MissPreece April 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    These eggs look magnificent! The colour of them are awesome 🙂 I wouldn’t be too ashamed of not knowing how to boil an egg, I’m still working on the poaching method….

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