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Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs – PRO Tips for Achieving Flawless Results
Learn how to get perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs with a tender, creamy yolk and a firm but easy-to-peel exterior.
➡️ One day before Easter, I cook perfect hard-boiled eggs every year. Why? Because eggs are traditionally served for Easter, even if they’re a great addition to any meal all year round. Boiling is a great way to cook eggs in order to decorate them, but also to respect the traditions of your family and religion. Of course, I also make boiled eggs quite often throughout the year for my daily breakfast, so I know some tricks about this.
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How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs from Scratch
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- 4 large eggs
- water for boiling
- Place the eggs in a single layer at the bottom of a saucepan or a medium-sized pot.
- Add enough cold water to the pot, ensuring that the eggs are covered by about an inch of water.
- Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Once the water reaches a boil, remove the pot from the heat and cover it with a lid.
- Let the eggs sit in the hot water for about 9-12 minutes, depending on the desired level of doneness. For fully cooked hard-boiled eggs, leave them for 10 minutes.
- While the eggs are resting, prepare a bowl of ice water.
- After the desired cooking time has passed, use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs from the pot to the ice water. Let them cool for about 5 minutes.
- Once the eggs have cooled, gently tap them on a hard surface to crack the shell, then peel off the shell carefully.
- Rinse the peeled eggs under cool water to remove any residual shell fragments.
- Pat dry with a paper towel and serve as desired.
- Use eggs that are at least a week old. Fresh eggs can be more challenging to peel.
- It’s best to start with room temperature eggs to avoid cracking while boiling.
- Avoid overcrowding the pot; make sure there’s enough space for the eggs to move around freely.
- If you prefer softer or firmer yolks, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
- For easier peeling, try adding a teaspoon of vinegar or salt to the boiling water.
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Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs at Home is Easy!
➡️ For some, making perfect hard-boiled eggs can seem like a challenge, especially if you’re a beginner home chef. But it doesn’t have to be a mystery! You just have to know a few simple tricks to make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time.
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FAQs about Making Hard-Boiled Eggs
How do I make perfect hard-boiled eggs?
To make perfect hard-boiled eggs, place the eggs in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the eggs simmer for about 9-12 minutes. After that, transfer the eggs to an ice bath to cool and stop the cooking process. Finally, peel and enjoy your perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs.
How can I prevent the eggs from cracking while boiling?
To prevent eggs from cracking while boiling, you can gently add them to the water using a spoon instead of dropping them directly. Also, starting with cold water and gradually heating it can help minimize the chances of cracking.
How can I easily peel hard-boiled eggs?
To make peeling hard-boiled eggs easier, you can tap the cooked eggs gently on a hard surface to create cracks all over the shell. Then, start peeling from the wider end where the air pocket is located. Peeling under running water or peeling them after they have been stored in the refrigerator for a while can also make it easier to remove the shells.
How long can I store hard-boiled eggs?
Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. It’s best to keep them in a covered container to prevent them from absorbing odors from other foods.
Can I reheat hard-boiled eggs?
While it’s possible to reheat hard-boiled eggs, they tend to become rubbery when reheated. If you prefer warm eggs, it’s better to peel and enjoy them immediately after boiling.
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