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How To Hard Boil Eggs




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Yep, we’re going there. We may hurt some feelings in the process (sorry, Dad) but it must be discussed. Too many folks have  no clue how to hard boil eggs. Sure you can stick it in the pan and boil it until the cows come home, but that’s just wrong. An egg is delicate and shouldn’t be man-handled!

Growing up our hard boiled eggs always had a green layer on the outside of the yolk. Until I was in my late 20s I honestly thought that was normal for a hard boiled egg. I didn’t know any better. My parent’s clearly failed me, and failed 100’s of hard boiled eggs in the process. It’s surprising I don’t need therapy….for the eggs at least.

If your hard boiled eggs have the green tint on the outside of the yolk they are overcooked! It’s easy to do but it’s easy to fix, so why do it?

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to hard boil eggs!

How To Hard Boil An Egg

How to Hard Boil An Egg
  • Egg
  • Salt

  1. Place eggs in a pan and fill with cold water. The water should rise about an 1″ above the eggs.
  2. Add 1 tsp of salt. This helps the peel removal process.
  3. Turn the heat to high and let it come to a rapid boil.
  4. Once it comes to a rapid boil, turn off the stove and remove the pan from the heat. Place a cover on the pan and let it sit for 12 minutes.
  5. After 12 minutes, drain the pan and fill it with cold water. The cool water stops the cooking process.
  6. Crack the egg on hard surface and roll lightly to crack the whole shell.
  7. Peel under running water (or a pot filled with cold water) to wash away shell bits as they are removed.
  8. Enjoy!

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  • Darcey

    Haha! I just noticed this comment. I’ve been waiting for a “that’s not nice” text from dear ol’ dad. 😉

  • Slgennut

    Need to amend “My parent’s clearly failed me” to “dad” – he was the hard-boiled egg person. I couldn’t stand the smell so dad would wait until I was out of the house or asleep. LOL! I did tell him the correct way to boil eggs (remember I was taught by the best), but you know dad doesn’t listen! LOL! PS, It’s the same with boiling potatoes.


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