How to Hard Boil Eggs for Easy Peeling
Can It Really Be That Simple?
How many times have you just tried to wing it when hard boiling eggs? For me, it's been too many times. I boil eggs fairly often—deviled eggs, eggs for ramen, pickled eggs, or just a snack—and I used to assume I could do it right every time. This, unfortunately, meant I was doing it right MAYBE 50% of the time. The other 50% the shell would stick, I would be peeling the egg apart, or I just didn't cook it through enough.
Because of this, I decided I needed a 100% of the time plan, and that's what I am going to give you, a hard-boiled egg "recipe" that will work every time if you follow it. It's simple; all you need are eggs, a pot with water, a bowl with ice and a little bit of time.
So let's get started!
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First, put your pot on the stove and bring it to a rolling boil. Using your slotted spoon (option, you can just carefully place the eggs in the pot so as not to crack them) gently lower the eggs into the water. Lower the temp of the stove to medium-high to maintain a gentle boil. Set a timer for 13 minutes and let them cook!
Forgive the short video above. Apparently I was not recording when I thought I was, so I only got a little bit of the boiling eggs!
After boiling the eggs for 13 minutes transfer them to the bowl with ice. I use the slotted spoon again to carefully transfer and then add a little bit of the water from the pot to make it ice water instead of just ice. You will let this sit for 5 minutes, and then you can begin peeling them!
If you have followed the instructions, you should have a very satisfying peel! Just give it a few taps to crack and take the shell off!
I have never failed with this method and feel foolish that I spent years just randomly trying to hard-boil eggs. I imagine I am not alone in this, so feel free to share your stories in the comment section!
- As many as desired Eggs
- Lots of Water
- Lots of Ice
- Add enough water to cover eggs in the pot. Bring water to a rolling boil.
- Add eggs to boiling water with slotted spoon. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle boil. Boil for 13 minutes.
- Remove eggs from boiling water with slotted spoon and add them to the bowl of ice. Add a small amount of water from the pot to make an ice bath. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Peel eggs and enjoy!
© 2018 Justin Richards