How to: The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

As everyone prepares for Easter dinner tomorrow I want to share a fool-proof recipe for hard boiled eggs. Whether you are coloring eggs with your kids, using them as a festive snack, or making egg salad, the goal is to start with the perfectly cooked hard boiled egg. For some reason making hard boiled eggs seems intimidating; perhaps it stems from fear of the unpleasant smell caused by an overcooked egg…yuck. Fear not, making a hard boiled egg is actually very easy if you follow a few simple steps.

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For longer than I care to admit I had to consult the expert, my Yaya, every single time I made a hard boiled egg. I, too, feared the smell and the overcooked green yolk. Often I would stand in front of the stove trying to remember how long the eggs were supposed to boil….1 minute? 5 minutes? A few minutes of insecurity and second guessing had me reaching for my phone to double check. After years of practice, and following my consultant’s advice, I have finally perfected the process. Ready?

Ingredients:

  • Eggs; as many as you would like
  • Water
  • Ice cubes

Place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan.

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Use as many eggs as you would like, choosing the saucepan accordingly. Cover the eggs by 2 inches with cold water. Place pan on stove and turn on medium-high heat.

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Bring the water to a rolling boil; boil for 2 minutes. Turns out its difficult to take photos of boiling water…darn steam! Turn the heat off and cover the pan with a lid. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for exactly 15 minutes.

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Drain the hot water from the pan, refill with cold water, and top with several handfuls of ice. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes until the eggs are completely cooled.

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Drain the water and give yourself a pat on the back…you just made the perfect hard boiled egg!

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At this point the eggs are ready for coloring, peeling, and, most importantly, eating!

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I wish you a very happy Easter with friends and family and hope you enjoy!

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