The Best Way to Hard-Boil Your Eggs


It’s that time of year, there will probably be more eggs meeting the boiling pot this week than any other time of the year so why wouldn’t we share the best way to boil them so that the eggs don’t fall apart piece-by-piece as you peel them…you know you’ve been there.

*Tip*    Start with fresh eggs.  This is not the time to pull out the carton of eggs that has been sitting at the back of the fridge for a month.  The fresher the eggs, the better they will turn out.  Then just follow the steps below:

  1. Place the eggs in a large pot, preferably in a single layer.
  2. Fill the pot with cool water until the eggs are fully covered.
  3. Place the covered pot on the stove over med-high heat until boiling.
  4. Once the water is at a fully rolling boil, remove the pot from the heat and let sit, covered and undisturbed for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes remove at least half of the water and add ice-cold water (adding a few cups of ice is good too).  Let the eggs sit in the cold water for approximately 10 minutes. This stops the cooking process and makes the eggs easier to peel.

Your eggs should peel easily but if you find you are having any problems at all, or just want to take it a little easier on your fingers, try this:

*Tip* – tap the larger end of the egg a few times to crack it, gently peel away a few pieces of the shell.  Then, using a teaspoon cupped towards the inside of the egg, gently slide the spoon under the shell and “shimmy” it along the egg until the shell pops off.

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