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No Fail Hard Boiled Eggs

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Make perfect hard boiled eggs everytime!
 
 
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Step 1: Equipment

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Equipment:
Pot with lid
Cold water
Salt
Eggs

Step 2: Add Eggs and Water

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Place your eggs in your pot.
You can cook as many as will fit in a single layer in your pot.
Add cold tap water, enough to competely cover your eggs in your pot.

Step 3: Add Salt

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Add about a teaspoon of salt to the water.

It is very important that you add the salt, do not skip this step.

Salt does two things:
1. The salt raises the boiling point slightly so that the eggs will reach a slightly higher temperature while cooking.
2. Most importantly the salt causes the egg to slightly contract inside the shell making the shell removal after cooking much easier.

Step 4: Add Lid and Turn on Stove

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Place your pot on the stove.
Add the lid to the pot.
Turn your burner to high.

Step 5: Water Reaches a Boil

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Watch until your pot reaches a boil.
Once the water is a roaring boil (see photo) below follow these steps:
1. If you removed the lid to onserve the boiling, replace the lid on the pot.
2. Set timer for 20 minutes.
3. Turn the burner under the pot off.
4. Do not move the pot or lift the lid off of the pot for 20 minutes.

Step 6: Cool the eggs

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As soon as the timer goes off you must cool the eggs immediately.
Pour out the hot water and replace with cold tap water.
Repeat until the water in the pot is cool.
You will need to pour out hot/warm water and replace with cold tap water at least twice, possibly more.

Note: It is important you cool the eggs quickly.  The eggs will continue to cook until they are cooled, if they continue cooking they will become over cooked which can cause that unsightly green tinge on the surface of the yolk. 

Step 7: Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Your eggs are perfect, you can either store in your refrigerator for later or peel to eat now!
MsJan2 years ago
I like my egg yolk to have the green color. I think it taste better that way. Just my thoughts.
ClareBS2 years ago
I found an even easier absolutely no-fail way to hard boil eggs. They peel easily even if very fresh (I have three hens).
Just put about an inch of water in a pot, put your eggs in a steamer, boil for 18 to 20 minutes. The heat can be turned down once a boil has been reached.
I moved to St. Pete, FL 2 years ago from CT and I have yet to get a boiled egg that I can peel and keep its' shape. NOT 1 !!! I have tried the Salt way, NO LUCK!!!
I have never heard of steaming them, but my love for a Hard-Boiled egg has led me to this recipe. I will be trying this recipe today!! I AM KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED!!! IN ADVANCE TO ClareBS...TYVM!!!
just chunked a handful of boiled eggs off the back deck that seemed to be welded to the shells,Im thinking the starting with cold water is to blame
Good technique!

This reminded me - I meant to do hard boiled eggs for part of my supper tonight. I better get on it. :D