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How To Boil An Egg – Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

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Boiling eggs is a basic cooking task, but many people still don’t know how to boil an egg.  There are several things that can go wrong when you are making a hard boiled egg – the shell can crack or the egg can be undercooked (too soft or even liquid) or overcooked (too tough and rubbery).  Don’t worry – making perfect hard boiled eggs is easy when you follow my precise cooking instructions.

How To Boil An Egg

Ingredients For Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs:

  • Eggs
  • Water

Instructions How To Boil An Egg:

  1. Add about 2 inches of cold water to the pot.
  2. Carefully put the eggs in the pot with water. Lower them in a pot gently so the eggs don’t crack.
  3. If the eggs aren’t completely covered with water, add more water until the eggs are completely submerged.
  4. Put the pot on high heat and bring water to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer the eggs for 10 minutes.
  6. Drain the hard-boiled eggs and put them in a pot of cold water (cooling them in cold water will make the eggs easier to peel).

That’s all there is to boiling eggs!  All you need to make a perfect hard-boiled egg is to put it in a pot of cold water, bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes, then dump into cold water to cool.

Here are some common mistakes that many people make when they boil an egg:

Hard Boiled Eggs Mistake #1 – Cooking Eggs For Too Long

I’ve heard of people boiling eggs for as long as 1 hour!  I guess people are afraid that the egg won’t be cooked well enough – maybe they are driven by the fear or salmonella :)  Be assured that when you boil an egg for 10 minutes, it will certainly be well cooked and completely hard-boiled.  Cooking the eggs for too long will result in tough egg texture.

Hard Boiled Eggs Mistake #2 – Putting The Eggs In Boiling Water

Often people attempt to boil eggs the same way as they cook pasta – boil the water first, then put the eggs in.  The problem with this approach is that when the eggs are exposed to a sudden hot temperature, the shells often crack.  The correct way to boil an egg is to put them in cold water, then bring to a boil – this way the increase in water temperature is gradual and the eggs won’t crack.

Hard Boiled Eggs Mistake #3 – Not Cooling The Eggs Before Peeling

If you ever tried peeling a hot egg, you know what a mess it will be.  Hot eggs simply won’t peel well.  You need to cool the eggs before peeling them by putting them in a bowl with cold water.  To peel cold eggs, crack the shell on both sides by whacking the egg on the counter, then peel the shell under cold running water.

Now you know exactly how to boil an egg perfectly!  For yummy recipes using hard boiled eggs, check out my easy chicken salad recipes and Russian potato salad Olivier.

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