How to Cook Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Learn how to cook perfect hard boiled eggs every time. No more rubbery eggs or green ring!
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Since hard boiled eggs are notoriously easy yet difficult to master. I thought I’d share some of the information I have found to cook your hard boiled eggs perfect every time.
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 eggs.
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.
Tips for Cooking Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Get perfect hard boiled eggs every time with these tips. (printable recipe at the end of this post)
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. Cook eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately to minimizes the greenish ring.
Don’t use very fresh eggs
Hard-boiled eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them 7 to 14 days in advance of cooking. This brief “breather” allows the eggs time to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shell, making them easy to peel the shell from the cooked egg.
To peel a hard-cooked egg
Gently tap egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Starting peeling at large end, holding the 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
Egg-citing Hard Boiled Egg Recipes you might enjoy!
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- Loaded Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
- Buffalo Deviled Eggs
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Follow these simple steps to make perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs every time. And no green ring!
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- 12 Eggs, room temperature
- 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
Cook 1 dozen eggs or less at one time for more even cooking.
To make sure that the eggs are easy to peel, buy your eggs 1-2 weeks ahead of time (fresh eggs are harder to peel)