How To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

Apr 22, 2011 12:18 pm

4 steps to hard-boiled egg perfection

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A hard-boiled egg
 

Making a hard-boiled egg is almost as easy as boiling water, if you know the right process. Cooking eggs too long or too vigorously, on the other hand, can result in cracked shells, tough whites, and green-gray, sulfuric-smelling yolks. This Easter Weekend, make sure you get it right, lest you make your sons and daughters or nieces and nephews cry!

You will need:

Eggs, saucepan with lid, cold water, timer, bowl

Step 1. Place eggs in a pot filled with cold water

Set eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Water should cover eggs by one to two inches.

Step 2. Boil the water

Bring the water to a full, rolling boil, and cover the saucepan. Turn off the stove, remove the pot from the burner, and let it stand, covered, for 10 minutes (set the timer).

Step 3. Submerge the eggs in cold water

Drain the pot, and transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water, to stop the cooking process.

Step 4. Crack and peel the eggs

Tap each egg a few times to crack its shell, then roll it on a work surface to break the shell completely. Start peeling, dunking the egg into the bowl of water as you go to wash away any bits of shell.

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