Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

perfect hard boiled eggs

This year I found my favorite hard boiled egg solution so far – and it’s simple! Put the eggs in a pan of cold water, bring to a rolling boil, remove from the burner, and let sit, covered for 15 minutes. Then (and this is important, if you want them to be easy to peel), transfer them to a bowl of cold water. I add ice to the bowl to keep the water cold – and take some of the water out as it warms up, adding more ice (hence the photo). Of course, I usually roll a few of the hot eggs in crayon shavings first, which makes them harder to peel, but very pretty! Want a mini science project for the kids? Have them watch closely as you transfer the eggs into the ice water – you can see the heat rising from the eggs in the water!

These eggs taste great, and are never green. My kids adore them – so much so that, the first time I made them this way, Emma actually cried because I wouldn’t let her have more than two for lunch!

If I ever need to make a LOT of hard boiled eggs, I’m definitely going to try baking my eggs as seen at Greetings from the Asylum (found this post via Our Nifty Notebook).

Comments

  1. says

    I saw this on pinterest and I’m trying to decide if I want to do this……….

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  2. says

    So glad you posted this! I didn’t realize about putting the eggs in cold water but I’ve heard about putting them in ice water after they’ve boiled.

  3. says

    Awesome!
    I have never made perfect boiled eggs…no one ever complains…but I am always winging it!
    I am going to do this ….tomorrow….for our egg dying!

  4. says

    I was just going to hunt for the perfect way to boil our Easter eggs after I finished my blog reading. Now I don’t have to! Thanks so much!

  5. Rue says

    I do this and my eggs turn out great, problem is I can never peel them. Sorry cold water, ice water, this water, that water, they always are all torn apart by the time I am able to peel them. That’s what I’m waiting for a hint on. :)

        • maryanne says

          Might not be much you can do about it, then, unfortunately. One reader suggested having the eggs play bumper cars right after shocking them with the cold water. Helpful if you’re making your eggs for egg salad, less useful if you plan to dye them.

        • maryanne says

          AND I just read an article yesterday that says OLDER eggs are better! They suggested adding baking soda, but tried that as an experiment and my eggs were if anything harder to peel. There seems to be a consensus that peeling sooner rather than later works best, but that doesn’t work too well if your kids are dying them for Easter!

    • Danielle says

      The trick to easy peel eggs is actually really easy…bring the water to a full boil first…then use a metal spoon to drop your eggs into the boiling water. That’s it! Then you can proceed with the ice water and such. Works even with your pesky peeling but yummy fresh eggs.

  6. Cynthia says

    I have also tried another pinterest method… after they are completely cool, pour off all but about 1/2-1″ of water then let the play bumper cars. It loosens the shells and they pretty much peel themselves. Make sure they are REALLY completely cool before attempting this.

  7. says

    Yes, I have 10 dozen to bake tomorrow! We’ll see how the large batches go! I also put them in a cold/ice bath after baking them.

  8. says

    I recently discovered a similar method that I have been using, but yours is a bit easier (the other involved 3min boiling and 8min sitting covered – it will be easier just to time 15min!). Sometimes I use ice and sometimes just cold water, but I usually peel them within around 10min of cooling, which works easiest for me. Most difficult is if I let them cool in their shells in the refrigerator.

    The good thing is, the kids enjoy peeling their own eggs, which lets me have a few minutes peacefully eating my own lunch while they are occupied! :)

  9. says

    This is mostly how I make them, too. Except that I only let them sit for 10 minutes. Longer for me and they get that gross grey color around the edge of the yolk which I hate.

  10. Sharon says

    for everyone regarding the difficulty peeling, i heard that it’s a sign of fresh eggs when they’re hard to peel. doesn’t help but at least you know they’re good… good luck

    • says

      That’s very strange that they weren’t thoroughly cooked. You started with the eggs in cold water, brought it to a full rolling boil, and then had them sit in that water, covered for 15 minutes before transferring them to the ice water?

  11. Adrienne says

    I have always used this technique, but I also add white vinegar to my boiling water. Maybe about half a cup for a dozen eggs. Perfect peel each time!

  12. says

    This works for fresh eggs too but you need to add 2 more steps to have them come clean. While eggs are cooling in the first ice bath for 15 min,re-heat your water to boiling. After 15 min, add the eggs back to boiling water for 10 seconds (if you have more than 3, do a few at a time) and go into a second ice water bath.
    This makes the eggs constrict from the shell in the 1st ice bath and the re-heat makes the shell expand making freash eggs far more likely to peel easily. Thanks Julia Childs!

    • says

      I’ve never tried baking eggs, although I’ve seen it done on Pinterest. After your description I think I’ll stick with this method – hope it works for you as well!

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