How to Hard Boil Eggs

If you have been wanting to find the perfect method of how to hard boil eggs, look no further! This simple method will leave you with perfect hard boiled eggs every time. 

Guide To Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Hard-boiled eggs are a staple in our home! They are the perfect snack and go perfectly with our favorite yogurt and granola parfait for a quick and delicious breakfast.

My older boys are always hungry, so I have to have quick and easy food ready so they don’t go into hangry mode.

I like to hard boil a bunch of eggs at the beginning of each week and have them ready to go for when kids are hungry. Sometimes making the perfect hard boiled egg is frustrating though! I can tell you that I seemed to have tried all the tips and tricks before finding this perfect method.

These hard boiled eggs are foolproof and easy to peel!

Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

Serves: However many you need!

Prep Time: 3-5 minutes to bring the water to a boil

Cook Time: 11 minutes for boiling eggs

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for Hard Boiled Eggs

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Eggs- whatever quantity you need

You’ll also want to have the following tools to make it easier:

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

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First, you will fill a pan with about 1-2 inches of water. You want to have just enough water enough to steam your eggs. 

Bring the water to a boil.

Once your water boils, either lower your eggs carefully either directly into the water or in a steaming basket. 

Cover the pan with a lid.

Lower the temperature until the water reaches a gentle simmer. 

Cook your eggs for 11 minutes for a perfect hard-boiled egg. If you are wanting soft boiled eggs, cook your eggs for 6 minutes instead. 

While your eggs simmer, prepare an ice bath in a bowl or other container with ice and water.

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Take the eggs out of the pan and test one to make sure they have reached your desired doneness. If they are ready, shock them in the prepared ice bath. 

Once your eggs are completely cool, peel them and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks for Boiling Eggs

  1. Cover your pan and let those eggs steam! Steaming your eggs allows the shell to permeate more effectively which means peeling your eggs is going to be so much easier. 
  2. If you don’t have a steamer basket already you should definitely consider getting one! This one from amazon is great because it can fit in just about any of your pans AND they fold up so they won’t take much space when stored. 
  3. Make sure your ice bath is ready when you check your eggs. If they are done you want to shock them as soon as possible so that they don’t overcook. 

Should I put my eggs in the water while it is still cold? 

There’s a rumor floating around that you should put your eggs into your water while it’s still cold. This rumor actually came from a similar true fact about boiled potatoes. 

This rumor about eggs, however, is false! Putting your eggs into the water once already boiling allows the protein to cook faster which means the shell and the egg will more easily separate. 

In contrast, eggs put into cold water encourages the membrane to adhere to the proteins which can mean very difficult peeling! 

How long do you boil eggs? 

For the perfect hard boiled egg, you are going to want to boil it for about 11 minutes. For soft boiled eggs, you’ll want about 6 minutes. 

How long are hard boiled eggs good for? 

If you keep your boiled eggs in the refrigerator, they should last for about a week. Luckily with eggs, you will be able to tell fairly easily if they are spoiled based on their unpleasant rotten smell. 

How to peel hard boiled eggs? 

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Steaming your eggs, adding them to hot water vs cold water, and shocking them in an ice bath should all help with easily peeled eggs. 

There are so many methods to peel, like shaking the egg in a jar of water, rolling it on the counter, etc. 

But the simplest way is to crack the bottom of the egg (the flattest part) first. There should be more space between the egg and the shell here that will allow a spoon to slide between egg and shell easily! 

How can you tell if an egg is hard boiled? 

If you have timed your eggs right with 11 minutes in boiling water, you should have a perfect hard boiled egg. 

However, it is always a good idea to check one of your eggs by peeling it and cutting it open! If the yolk is still runny, the eggs are not finished. If the yolk has green on the outside, it may be slightly overdone. 

What you are looking for is a beautiful yellow solid yolk for the perfect hard boiled egg. 

How should I store hard boiled eggs?

This really depends on if you decided to peel your eggs before storing or leave the shell on. 

If you are leaving the shell on, you can safely store them easily in just about any container. Just make sure you keep them separate from your uncooked eggs and the shell should keep them perfectly safe.

However, if you decide to peel your eggs before storing, you can either store them in cold water that you change out daily. Or, you can place them in a container and cover them with a dap towel. 

How do I prevent the eggs from cracking?

They key here is to be gentle! This should be easier if you stick to the 1-2 inches of water so there isn’t a huge drop. 

An easy trick is to us a slotted spoon to gently lower the egg until it has reached the base of the pan. Gently release the egg from the spoon and you’re done!

If you find that your eggs are bouncing around and may start to crack, turn down the heat enough so it’s at a less aggressive boil to avoid any collisions.

Tips for making eggs easier to peel.

The most important thing is to add your eggs to boiling water instead of cold water. 

If you put your eggs into the boiling water and shock them in an ice bath once done, the shells should slip off no problem. 

And don’t forget to put a lid on your pot so that the eggs have a chance to steam!

Why does my yolk have a green circle around it?

It may look a little bit scary, but that green circle won’t cause you any harm. It is, however, an indicator that you may have overcooked your eggs.

Because eggs are so full of sulfur, a chemical reaction can happen on the outside of your egg yolk when it starts to overcook. 

Don’t worry about it, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. Just take your eggs out a minute or two earlier next time!

Can I still eat an egg if it cracks during the boiling process?

You sure can! You should avoid eggs that have cracked while fresh because of the possibility of bacteria growth, but if it cracked while boiling it is perfectly safe.

You may have a silly monster looking egg by the end of it’s cooking, but you can absolutely still eat it. 

And that’s the wrap! See? Making hard-boiled eggs isn’t as complicated as we seem to make it.

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Hard Boiled Eggs

If you have been wanting to find the perfect method of how to hard boil eggs, look no further! This simple method will leave you with perfect hard boiled eggs every time. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • Eggs - whatever quantity you need

Instructions

    1. Fill a pan with about 1-2 inches of water. You want to have just enough water enough to steam your eggs. 
    2. Bring the water to a boil.
    3. Once your water boils, either lower your eggs carefully either directly into the water or in a steaming basket. 
    4. Cover the pan with a lid.
    5. Lower the temperature until the water reaches a gentle simmer. 
    6. Cook your eggs for 11 minutes for a perfect hard-boiled egg. If you are wanting soft boiled eggs, cook your eggs for only 6 minutes. 
    7. While your eggs simmer, prepare an ice bath in a bowl or other container with ice and water.
    8. Take the eggs out of the pan and test one to make sure they have reached your desired doneness. If they are ready, shock them in the prepared ice bath. 
    9. Let eggs completely cool, peel and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Cover your pan and let those eggs steam! Steaming your eggs allows the shell to permeate more effectively which means peeling your eggs is going to be so much easier. 
  2. If you don’t have a steamer basket already you should definitely consider getting one!
  3. Make sure your ice bath is ready when you check your eggs. If they are done you want to shock them as soon as possible so that they don’t overcook. 

 

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