Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs
Soft and Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a fantastic choice for a meal, hearty snack or garnish for other dishes.

But, I have to confess that the mighty hard-boiled egg has always given me grief. I always just settled for hard to peel, rubbery eggs. Not to mention the not-so-lovely green tinged layer on the bottom of the yolk. Hmmm.

I tried so many different things. To no avail. My poor hubby really likes soft boiled eggs and that was just out of the question. If I couldn’t get the hard-boil right, the soft-boil is impossible. How did my mother manage it so consistently throughout my childhood?

I’m still not sure how she did it, but I know how I do it now – successfully!

The secrets are:

  • Steam the eggs, don’t boil them
  • Time the cook (6 min to soft-boil, 11 min to hard-boil)
  • Shock the eggs in ice water immediately when cooked (this helps them release the shells from the whites)

This works so well that I no longer cringe at the thought.

Tips

  • This recipe calls for 6 Large eggs, but you can cook as many as you like. Do not pile them on top of each other in the pot though. Air needs to circulate around them.
  • If you want your hard-boiled eggs done a tad more, increase the time by one minute.
  • Hard-boiled eggs, in the shell can be refrigerated up to 1 week. Peeled hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator in a bowl of cold water for about 1 week (change the water daily) – or in a sealed container without water (cover the eggs with damp paper towels) for the same length of time.

Please give it a try and let us know how it works for you.

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Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6 Eggs 15 minutes 11

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe calls for 6 Large eggs, but you can cook as many as you like. Do not pile them on top of each other in the pot though. Air needs to circulate around them.
  • If you want your hard-boiled eggs done a tad more, increase the time by one minute.
  • Hard-boiled eggs, in the shell can be refrigerated up to 1 week. Peeled hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator in a bowl of cold water for about 1 week (change the water daily) – or in a sealed container without water (cover the eggs with damp paper towels) for the same length of time.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 Large Eggs

DIRECTIONS

Gather your eggs and equipment. Place 1 - 2 inches of water in the bottom of a sauce pan.
Gather your eggs and equipment. Place 1 – 2 inches of water in the bottom of a sauce pan.

 

Place steamer basket into the pan. Make sure that the water line is below the steamer basket.
Place steamer basket into the pan. Make sure that the water line is below the steamer basket.

 

Place a lid on the pan and heat it over high heat until it comes to a full boil.
Place a lid on the pan and heat it over high heat until it comes to a full boil.

 

Place the eggs into the steamer basket. The image shows 4 eggs, but 6 would fit without overcrowding. Just be sure not to stack the eggs and that there are spaces around the eggs so steam can circulate.
Place the eggs into the steamer basket. The image shows 4 eggs, but 6 would fit without overcrowding. Just be sure not to stack the eggs and that there are spaces around the eggs so steam can circulate.

 

Place a lid on the pan and heat it over high heat until it comes to a full boil.
Put the lid back on and set a timer: 6 minutes for soft-boiled and 11 minutes for hard-boiled.

 

When time is up, remove the eggs and immediately place in ice water. Leave them to chill for 15 minutes.
When time is up, remove the eggs and immediately place in ice water. Leave them to chill for 15 minutes.

 

Refrigerate the eggs or peel them and serve.
Refrigerate the eggs or peel them and serve.

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