Hard-boiled Eggs: How to Cook & Peel Perfect Eggs Every Time! by Heather Holter

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6 years ago

Hard-boiled Eggs: How to Cook & Peel Perfect Eggs Every Time!

Making perfect hard-cooked eggs seems to be something many people struggle with. Peeling them without mutilating them can be even harder for some people, but I have a tried-and-true method for perfect eggs – every time!

  • Place the desired number of eggs in a single layer in a pot. This is important because more than one layer will cause uneven cooking.
  • Fill the pot with cold water (never warm or hot) to cover the eggs.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Boil 1 minute.
  • Cover pot and shut off the burner. Let sit covered 15 minutes.
  • Trickle cold water into the pot of cooked eggs until the water in the pot is cold.
  • One at a time, take each egg out of the pot and crack both ends on the counter, then roll each egg on the counter. Place each egg back in the pot of water as you do this.
  • Once all the eggs are cracked and sitting in the pot of water, peel each egg. They should peel very easily because the water gets between the loosened shell and the egg.
  • Once peeled, cut eggs as desired.

You will see inside a perfect brilliant yellow yolk with no green!

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Elisa Schmitz
Wow, who knew? I’m going to try this easy method. Thank you, Heather Holter !
Leslie W
So the trick is peeling them right after you boil them, huh?
Heather Holter
I don't really know what would happen of they were refrigerated then you cracked them and soaked them. It might work.
Yes. Peel them while they are still a bit warm. That helped when we had our chickens.
Stacey Roberts
I haphazardly found a way to cook them where the shell falls off...ready? I used a pot that will hold however many eggs, but don’t put the eggs in. Gill it with hot water and a tablespoon of kosher salt. When the water is boiling put one of those Eggsact egg timers in then lower the eggs gently in with a slotted spoon. When the timer shows I thinks it soft boil I take it off, drain it, start running cold water then dump ice in on them. I also have lots of those cooler packs you freeze so I’ll usually use them because the cool everything down faster. We spend time in California and given the water issue Cal-Am would come knocking on my door if I were to run even a trickle of water for that long! (Believe me, we’ve gotten calls because my teenage son was taking 20 min showers!), but I’m going to try your method when I’m in Wyoming where water usage isn’t an issue!

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