Hard Boiling the Perfect Egg

My husband loves hard boiled eggs. I’m always boiling eggs for his lunch and sometimes they come out good and other times they don’t. Sometimes they won’t peel for anything. The shell sticks to the egg white and it turns into a big mess. You know what I mean if you’ve ever struggled with peeling a hard boiled egg that doesn’t want to peel.
It’s miserable and you end up throwing most of the egg out.

After experimenting with several different cooking methods, here is my recipe for hard boiling the perfect very fresh egg.

  • Starting with cold water in a sauce pan, add a dash of salt.
  • Add eggs to water in sauce pan. The water should be covering the eggs.
  • Bring to boil and then turn off. Leave the pan on the burner and cover it.
  • Leave on burner for 20 minutes. Remove and uncover the pan. But don’t pour out the water.
  • Leave eggs to cool in original water in the pan.
  • Once cooled, refrigerate the eggs.
  • Conclusion: Perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs that usually peel easily.

    ETA: My eggs are very fresh and this method is designed for very fresh farm eggs.

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    4 Responses to “Hard Boiling the Perfect Egg”

    1. Diandra June 12, 2013 at 2:01 am #

      If your eggs are hard to peal, it usually means they are exceptionally fresh. ^^

      • Cindy June 12, 2013 at 6:15 am #

        @Diandra: Yes these are farm fresh eggs from a co-worker. But using this method really has solved our egg-peeling problem.

    2. June 25, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Steps #1 & #2 are correct. Step #3 should read: Bring to a full boil. Boil for one minute, shut off heat. #4 Allow eggs to sit in that water for 20 minutes. #5 Run cold water on them, dry & refrigerate.
      Simmering those eggs for 20 mins will give you green eggs.

      As Diandra noted, fresh eggs are always difficult to peel. Whenever I want hard-boiled eggs, I try to buy them 2 weeks in advance.
      But if I forget, using the above method and peeling while STILL warm, the shells will come off easily. Once refrigerated, they won’t.

      • Cindy June 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

        @MsT — I’ve tried this method of the cold water rinse but it didn’t work for me. Maybe it is because our eggs are so farm fresh this my method works for me. I did tweak the recipe to reflect this.

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