Making hard-boiled eggs with no guesswork is tricky until you know how!
After you read the directions, you’ll be all set to make your own delicious, nutritious eggs easily whenever you want.
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Hard-boiled eggs are a classic snack and an ingredient in other easy recipes, like egg salad and deviled eggs. It’s a great food to know how to prepare well. THere’s a big difference between a good hard boiled egg and one cooked incorrectly.
- Add eggs to a pot and cover with an inch of water over the top of the eggs.
- Turn heat to high. When the eggs start quivering from the boiling water, cover the pot and turn off the heat. Leave covered and don’t check on them until 18 minutes later.
- Pour out the hot water and cool off eggs by pouring in cold water. Let them cool for 15 minutes before putting them in the fridge or eating them.
Boiling eggs is all about heat retention. What that means is this: it’s not about keeping the eggs at a specific temperature as they cook, but rather about bringing them to the right temp and letting the eggs cook as the water cools.
If your water cools too fast, they come out underdone. If your water cools too slowly, they’ll be overdone. The amount of heat retained by the water is the determining factor in your success.
Things that affect your heat retention:
Having more water or more eggs in the pot
The more water in the pot, the slower it will cool.
The more cold eggs you start with, the faster it will cool.
Use these two to balance each other out: Add water when you add eggs.
Water boils at a lower temperature the higher you go. For example, water boils at 202 degrees F in Denver Colorado. This means those in Denver have a slightly trickier time than the rest of us when it comes to boiling eggs (Find your elevation here with a free map tool). For every 500 ft of elevation, water boils about 1 degree lower.
In my area, water’s boiling point is something more than a degree off. That’s not particularly significant, so I can personally ignore this factor. If it’s a difference of 10 degrees like it is in Denver, try boiling for an extra 30 seconds before turning off the heat.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
There’s a million variations on cooking eggs, and we all have different opinions. Getting eggs that fit your personal taste is the goal. This requires experimentation. Try cooking your eggs this way first, and you’ll get very close to what you like, but your end result could be a couple minutes more or less.
Keep track of the different ways you try cooking your eggs so you know when you’ve reached your perfect hard boiled egg.
Decide on a pot you want to use for your hard boiled eggs. Use a consistent amount of water for the number of eggs you usually make. If your eggs fill the bottom of the pot, add more water to account for that. Think of it this way: the more cold eggs you have, the more hot water you’ll need.
Note how much water you use in that pot, cook for 18 minutes and record the result.
If you try those and find you like them a little more or less well-done, add or remove a minute and see what you think. You’ll arrive at your perfect hard boiled egg in no time!
Tips for easier peeling
Boiling older eggs will result in eggshells that are easier to peel off than the eggshells of newer eggs. Try waiting for at least a week after you purchase your eggs before you use them for your hard boiled needs.
Try giving the eggs an extra hour in the fridge to cool off before you start peeling them. Unless you’re too hungry to wait, of course!
Peel under running water.
Enjoy your eggs!
Once you find your perfect egg, just stick to that! You’ll never have to experiment again. Just record your final recipe in your personal cookbook!