the perfect hard-boiled egg

August 27, 2012 | 18 Comments

The perfect hard-boiled egg

You learn all kinds of kitchen secrets on a staff made up mostly of women. I learned this handy trick from my friend, Marie. Buh-bye to icky, overcooked grey yolks and the undercooked runnies!

Place your eggs in a pot, covered with an inch or two of cold water (salt and a little vinegar added to the water will make the eggs easier to peel and prevent the whites from running out of any cracks). On high, bring the eggs to an almost-boil.

Once the water starts to bubble, turn off the burner and let the eggs sit on the residual heat for a minute longer. After a minute, remove eggs from the heat, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, plunge the eggs into cold water to stop further cooking. You can store them in the fridge for up up to five days.

It’s hard to overcook eggs once you’ve removed them from the burner, even if you let them sit for longer.


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  • Marisa

    Older eggs also peel much better. If you’re making deviled eggs, turn them all onto their sides overnight to help the yolk move to the center.

    • Shannon

      Your mom obviously let you hang out in the kitchen. :)

  • Erica M

    I’m not trying to bump off Marie or anything, but this way is quicker:

    bring the saucepan of water to a full boil

    gently drop in the eggs. best if they’ve been on the counter for a bit and not ice cold.

    time them! three minutes. five if you like them hard-boiled.

    submerge in ice water.

    once cool, peel.

    • Shannon

      OH SHE IS BUMPED. That does sound uber easy. I’ll give it a go! Thanks. :)

    • Mariesy

      Erica, don’t you need one of those egg shell pricker things to do it that way? I’ve only ever managed to break the eggs, even at room temp and even when I gently coax them into the water.(

      Shannon also fancied up my method and made me sound cooler than I am. But I like the vinegar trick! That’s new to me!

      • Mariesy

        I own an egg shell pricker thing and they are fabbity-fab! Every boiled egg fanatic should have one!

      • Erica M

        I don’t know what an egg pricker is, but I can say I’ve only broken the eggs once and that’s because I forgot to set them out while bringing the water to a boil. I will admit this: maybe don’t use my method for Easter eggs. Heh.

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