How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs


Learn how to cook the perfect hard boiled egg every time.


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Today, like many others, we are dyeing our Easter Eggs.

I thought I’d share some of the information I have found on

How to Cook Hard Boil Eggs

So…..let’s get cracking!

Did you know that it is called hard-cooking? That’s right! I’ve always called it hard boiling, but according to the American Egg Board, it’s actually called hard-cooking

Hard-cooked, not hard-boiled.Although the cooking water must come to a full boil in this method, the pan is immediately removed from the heat so that the eggs cook gently in the hot water.This produces tender, not rubbery, eggs and minimizes cracking.

  • Set your eggs in a layer in the bottom of a saucepan.
  • Cover with water, 1″ over the eggs.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until boiling, do not over boil
  • Remove from burner and cover, letting eggs stand for 15 minutes (12 minutes for medium eggs, 18 minutes for extra large).
  • Run cold water over the eggs to cool them

Tips for Cooking Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Banish the greenish ring.This harmless but unsightly discoloration that sometimes forms around hard-cooked yolks results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk.It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature.Our method – cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately – minimizes this.

Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel.To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking.This brief “breather” allows the eggs time to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shell.

To peel a hard-cooked egg:Gently tap egg on counter top until shell is finely crackled all over.Roll egg between hands to loosen shell.Starting peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.


So there you go! If you’d like more information on eggs, check out the American Egg Board

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