3 Steps to Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs

I love eggs. I eat them every day. Some days its whole eggs other days its just egg whites. I always have hard-cooked eggs on hand. They are so satisfying. Just a little sprinkle of salt and dash of pepper – heaven! It’s taken me a while to master the art of the hard boiling process. The other thing you need to determine is: How done do you like your eggs?

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When it comes to boiling eggs, the biggest problem is that people can easily over-cook them, leading to a dark green color around the yolk. Here’s my method for how to cook hard-boiled eggs so that they don’t get over-cooked.

3 STEPS TO PERFECT HARD COOKED EGGS

1. Place the eggs in a single layer of a sauce pan and cover with 1 – 2 inches of cold water.
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The more eggs that are crowding the pan the more water you should have over the eggs. Heat the pot on high heat and bring the water to a full rolling boil.

Adding a teaspoon of vinegar to the water may help keep egg whites from running out if an egg does crack while cooking. Also some people find adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the water helps prevent cracking as well as making the eggs easier to peel.

2. Turn off the heat, keep the pot on the burner, cover and let sit for 10-12 minutes.
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If you have the type of stove burner that doesn’t retain any heat when turned off, you might want to lower the temp to low, simmer for a minute, and then turn it off.

Depending on how cooked you like your hard-boiled eggs, the eggs should be done perfectly in 10-12 minutes. That said, depending on your altitude, the shape of the pan, the size of the eggs, the ratio of water to eggs, it can take a few minutes more. When you find a time that works for you, given your preferences, the types of eggs you buy, your pots, stove, and cooking environment, stick with it.

If I’m cooking a large batch of eggs, after 10 minutes I’ll sacrifice one to check , by removing it with a spoon, running it under cold water, and cutting it open. If it’s not done enough, I’ll cook the other eggs a minute or two longer.

I also find that it is very hard to overcook eggs using this method. I can let the eggs sit, covered, for up to 15-18 minutes without the eggs getting overcooked.

3. Remove the water from the pan and run cold water over the eggs to stop the cooking process.
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If you are cooking a large batch of eggs, remove them with a slotted spoon to a large bowl of ice water.

The best way to store hard-boiled eggs is in a covered container in the refrigerator. Eggs can release odors in the fridge which is why it helps to keep them covered.

ENJOY!!
hard-boiled-eggs-600x400Susy Sedano is a Content Producer at Digital Wellness, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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