How To: Hard Boiled Eggs

There is nothing like a warm hard boiled egg. The velvety yolk is what I love the most, especially sprinkled with lots of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. What I don’t like? A yolk that is slightly green… it just looks so… so… disgusting.

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But I’m sure most of you guys know how to avoid overcooking or over-boiling your eggs which is great! But for those who have no idea that the yolk is suppose to be yellow and not olive green… well, this post is for you!

This is an easy, fool-proof way to make perfect hard boiled eggs… every single time!

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Start off with some fresh eggs. You know how I feel about fresh farm eggs so I won’t go in on about how I highly recommend using farm eggs because with store bought, you never know how long they have been sitting  in the back before making it to the store shelf, not to mention their nutritional value… and I know how annoying that can be, so I’ll save you from my soap box speech. 😉

Really though, you can use any eggs, just follow these simple and easy steps.

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Depending on the size of the pot you’re using, place however many eggs in a single layer on the bottom.. The important thing is to make sure the eggs are in a single layer, DO NOT stack the eggs on top of each other. Stacking could lead to cracking… hey I’m a poet!

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Fill the pot with cold water just until they reach about an inch or two above the top of the eggs, but still leaving a good amount of space from the top of the pot.

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Cover and bring the water to a full boil.

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Check and make sure the water is at a rolling boiling, then kill the heat.

Set your timer for twelve minutes, and in twelve minutes precisely you will have the most beautiful yellow yolks!

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In the meantime, fill a bowl with ice and cold water.

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When the timer chimes: use tongs to remove each egg…

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…and then place the eggs into the icy cold water. This stops the cooking process and makes the eggs easier to handle while peeling.

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Pat dry…

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..then tap the eggs at both ends and around the egg.

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Remove and discard the shells… (obviously, right?)

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Any unpeeled eggs can be placed in some sort of container and refrigerate for a later day… but I was having a couple of these for lunch so why now finish what I started and show you what non overcooked hard boiled egg looks like!

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I like mine sliced in half {betcha didn’t see that coming} and seasoned with fresh ground black pepper and kosher salt before happily stuffing my face.

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See the proof is in the yolk!

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How to Hard Boil Eggs

A fool-proof way of making hard boiled eggs with perfect yellow yolks!

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 12-15 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place the eggs in a single layer in a large pot {or two, depending} and cover with cold water. There should be a inch or two of water above the egg layer.

Cover with a lid and bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling cut the heat and set the timer for 12 minutes.

Once the time is up, remove the lid and use tongs to remove and transfer the eggs to the large bowl of ice water. Let the eggs sit in the ice bath for 5-8 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

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6 Responses to “How To: Hard Boiled Eggs”

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    Jen — December 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Great tutorial… If only there was an alarm to tell me when the water has begun to boil. It never fails that I get distracted and come back after the water has been boiling for who knows how long.

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    Nichole — December 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I think you are great! Yes I am the one who did not know green was overcooked – hah! look at those eggs.

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    BakingWithoutaBox — December 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you for remembering the simple how-to's. I have days when the easiest things like making the hub's hard boiled eggs just escapes me. Now I've got photos to refer to.

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    Brenda — April 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I too never knew the green was bad! thanks so much, perfect egg yolks for my Easter deviled eggs!

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    brittany — August 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Help! I didn’t hear my timer go off so now my eggs are way way over-cooked. I don’t want to throw away a half-dozen eggs 🙁 so are there any recipes I could sneak them into? I don’t think I could eat them alone!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 20th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      I would make egg salad! Mmmm 🙂

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