Making Hard Boiled Eggs With FRESH Eggs

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Introduction: Making Hard Boiled Eggs With FRESH Eggs

About: I love cooking and crafting, sometimes both at the same time... and that is when things get interesting (and messy)

When you buy eggs from a supermarket there is a pretty good chance your eggs have been in that carton for almost a month.  Commercial egg farmers have 30 days once their eggs are packed in a carton to sell them.  If the carton is labeled with a "use by" date that date is 45 days from the when the eggs were packaged. Assuming the eggs were packaged the day they were laid, that is still an egg that has been sitting for a while. The longer the eggs sit the more the membrane beneath the shell separates from the shell, making peeling easier.  The trade off is the longer the eggs sit the less centered the yolk will be because the whites become less dense (also the longer eggs sit the less nutrition they provide). 

Now you want to make a beautiful platter of deviled eggs with nice neat whites and centered yolks... what to do?

It's as easy as stopping by the local farm market and buying some fresh free range eggs from a local farmer and following these steps to perfectly boiling your fresh eggs. (or go one step further and put some happy hens in your backyard, but that is an instructable for another day)

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Step 1: What You Need

Fresh Eggs
Pot with enough water to cover the eggs
Slotted spoon
Timer
Colander
Bowl of ice water

Step 2: Boil Water

Yes, that's right, we are boiling the water first... then adding the eggs, backwards, not anymore, this is the new way to hard boil eggs!

Step 3: Add Eggs

Now gently... very gently... lower the eggs one at a time into the boiling water using the slotted spoon.

If you didn't have enough water to cover the eggs just add some hot water from the tap and wait until boiling resumed to start timer.

Now set your timer for 15 minutes.

Boil the eggs for 15 minutes regardless of size, small, medium, jumbo, doesn't matter. (some local eggs come in mixed dozens, medium-jumbo)

While waiting toss some ice cubes in a bowl by the sink and put your colander in the sink (this maybe a good time to find your sink by washing some dishes)

Step 4: Drain and Ice

When the timer goes off turn off the heat, grab your mits and drain your eggs in the colander, then just dump the eggs into the bowl of ice and top off with cold water.

If you are concerned about cracking shells just lift the eggs individually with the slotted spoon and delicately set in the ice bath.

Now just let the eggs cool, if some of the eggs are above the surface just give it a stir so they all get a chance to chill out.

Step 5: Peel

When you are ready to peel, just tap the egg on the counter and peel off the shell.  It's really easy, the eggs just about fall out of of the shells.  I just put the peeled eggs right back in the colander to rinse off any shell bits that may get left behind.

Look at that nice neat bowl of naked eggs and the shells, almost whole, I actually have to crush them before adding to the compost pile.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now enjoy your fresh boiled eggs, make the prettiest, tastiest, healthiest deviled egg platter ever devoured!

Now go over to here to get the best deviled egg recipe!  Thanks JavaLady tasty!

I'll thank the chickens for making such great eggs... with cake!

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65 Discussions

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JoBux
JoBux

4 months ago on Step 2

I've always used the ice bath immediately after boiling any eggs (fresh or store bought). That's how I've been taught since childhood.
However... Putting eggs in boiling water was new to me when I first tried this method/recipe.
This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE, MUST HAVE, GO-TO for the fresh eggs I get each week.
I have nothing but great results (unless it's something I've done)..
Even my slightly cracked-to-start eggs come out fantastic!
The lighter brown egg in the 2 pics with 1 dark & 1 light brown egg was cracked before it went in the house water.
Granted my peels aren't 'always' this perfect coming off, but the eggs still look this good regardless!
They're always a perfect snack or breakfast for my husband who drives a semi & I wouldn't hesitate to make them to serve to guests. 🤗
Thank you from both of us!

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CynthiaM3
CynthiaM3

1 year ago on Step 6

I can't thank you enough! Every year I am delegated for dozons of deviled eggs! You changed my life! Thank you!!!!

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ChloeT13
ChloeT13

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

It’s my experience that very fresh eggs boiled are very hard to peel cleanly. They turn out like they’ve fallen victim to the chicken pox. How can this be avoided?

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camfam6
camfam6

Answer 2 years ago

We have a backyard chicken 'farm' and have had this problem before. The trick is the remove from heat quickly and ice bath them immediately. It helps to seperate the membrane as well as stop the cooking process. I have also made 'boiled' eggs in an instant pot, and the shell practically fall off. Try tapping the ends of your eggs on a hard surface such as the counter top or cutting board. Then roll them back and forth to crack the rest of the shell. This is what I do and I almost always get my eggs peeled cleanly :D Hope that helps!

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crittrkpr
crittrkpr

2 years ago

The absolute only way to do hard boiled eggs!!!!!! I did 12 eggs and only 2 had slight issues. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SBKK4
SBKK4

3 years ago

I'm a new cook and just wondered if the instructions mean to continue to cook at a full boil for 15 minutes or dial it back to a simmer.

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amenne
amenne

Reply 2 years ago

I just tried this technique and it worked perfectly. I let the water return to a hard boil after adding the eggs and kept it there the entire time. They did great.

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JenniferR251
JenniferR251

3 years ago

Thank you pixie! I followed your instructions and my hard boiled eggs came out perfect and beautiful with very little effort!

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MarnieM6
MarnieM6

3 years ago

You are the SHIZNIT! We have been battling this for a year with fresh eggs. I would get so mad trying to peal them! Worked PERFECTLY!

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Elegantlyearthy
Elegantlyearthy

3 years ago

Thank you thank you!!! I raise chickens and only have fresh eggs. I've tried every way possible to make hard boiled eggs without success. This worked perfectly! I can't thank you enough!

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AliceC63
AliceC63

3 years ago

Thank you so much for this how to. i just started getting fresh egg's from my 13 hen's, and i love egg salad... just tried this with the 5 egg's i got this morning, and they were near perfect... thanks!!!

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magicappaloosa
magicappaloosa

4 years ago

My new best friend! The anxiety of holiday deviled eggs is over! So EASY and came out PERFECT! Thank you!!!!!!

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Tanyalea
Tanyalea

4 years ago

Is there a high altitude adjustment for 6500 feet?

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Nannie26
Nannie26

4 years ago

Perfect! Thanks so much! My daughter has chickens and I just tried your method! Perfection!

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JaneW43
JaneW43

4 years ago

Forgot to mention that the whites were cooked perfectly, done yet still tender. The yolks were bright yellow with no green on the outside. I am still amazed this really worked! Thanks, again!

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JaneW43
JaneW43

4 years ago

I cannot even express how excited I am to easily peel fresh eggs!! We decided to get some chickens for eggs. My husband takes boiled eggs out on the boat when he is fishing to snack on. So, we had the eggs but could not use them boiled because we could not peel them, which defeated the whole purpose of getting the chickens. Your method worked the first time I tried it! Thank you! Thank you!

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nancyjobear
nancyjobear

4 years ago

I just tried the recipe and getting the shell of was a snap! So, thank you, BUT the yolk was troublesome to get out? What happened??

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StephanieN13
StephanieN13

4 years ago

Perfect! I got some eggs from my friend who has chickens, and I thought they would be ready to turn into hard boiled eggs by Thanksgiving, so I told everyone I would bring deviled eggs. they where still too fresh after three weeks. I tried your method and they where so easy to peal it was unbelievable. Best deviled eggs i have ever made!

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sarahndipitous
sarahndipitous

4 years ago on Step 5

Beautiful job. We are getting about 4 dozen eggs a day lately… what a WONDERFUL addition to our "how in the heck will we use these eggs" file. Much Thanks.