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Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Having trouble getting CONSISTENT results when making hard boiled eggs? Check out this FOOL PROOF METHOD for PERFECTLY cooked eggs that are easy to peel.

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Perfect hard boiled eggs are a necessity for deviled eggs, fancy breakfast toasts, on the go snacks, and a delicious addition to tuna and egg salad.

But sometimes I can’t get my eggs just the way I like them!

Are you the same way?

What is the best way to hard boil an egg?

Of all the methods out there, the OLD SCHOOL stovetop boiling method produces the best, most reliable, and most consistent results.

Stove top hard boiled eggs

When boiling on the stove, there is some debate between a cold start and a hot start. Here are the differences.

COLD START

  • start with eggs covered by 1 inch of cold water
  • bring to a boil
  • boil for 30 seconds, cover, remove from heat
  • let sit in water for 12 minutes
  • remove to an ice bath
  • chill for 10 minutes
  • peel or store

HOT START

  • bring the water to a boil
  • add the eggs gently
  • boil for 30 seconds, lower the heat to a simmer, and then cook for 14 minutes
  • shock in an ice bath for 10 minutes
  • store or peel

After reading trying out both methods, I have consistently better results with the hot start.

Adding the eggs to water that is already boiling really makes a difference.

Scientifically speaking, a hot start sets the outside of the white faster and keeps it from fusing to the membrane and shell like a cold start does.

This helps with peeling later!!

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How long does it take to boil an egg?

Once you start cooking eggs on a regular basis you will learn how your pots and stove affect your eggs so trial and error is best.

But most standard large eggs will be cooked through at 10-12 minutes.

The first few times I would make a few extra and take one out and run it under cold water to check doneness and note the time.

If it’s not done let the eggs cook a few minutes longer and test another one.

When I boil eggs I usually cook at least a dozen. We eat a lot of eggs in our house and if I am going to make some on the weekend, I like to get it all done at once

Lots of things factor into cooking times such as:

  • how done you like them
  • altitude – yes this is a thing
  • size and shape of pan
  • size of eggs
  • ratio of eggs to water
metal bowl with ice and water with brown eggs in it on a marble surface

How to hard boil eggs on the stove

STEP ONE: Place eggs in a pot large enough that all the eggs are in a single layer. Cover the eggs with 1-2 inches of water. Remove eggs. Bring water to a boil on stove.

STEP TWO: Carefully add the eggs to the hot water. I like to use a spoon to add them so I don’t burn my fingers or drop the eggs in and crack them.

STEP THREE: Boil for one minute. Turn heat off. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid. START TIMING! Let the eggs sit for 10-12 minutes.

STEP FOUR: Remove eggs gently and place in an ice bath. Chill for 15 minutes before peeling or storing.

Tips to hard boil eggs so they peel easily?

Looking for tips on how to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel? These are just a few!

Baking Soda – Old wives tale states that this makes them easier to peel. I haven’t found that to be true, just a waste of baking soda. But knock yourself out if you want to add it. 1-2 teaspoons per dozen eggs.

Vinegar – I have heard of this but haven’t really found it to matter other than to keep the whites of the egg running out if you happen to crack an egg while cooking.

Salt – another tip stated that it helps prevent cracking during the cooking process and makes the eggs easier to peel. Jury is still out on this one.

Ice Bath – the best way to get eggs that peel easily. Lots of ice and cold water shocks the eggs. Stops the cooking process and makes the egg contract inside the shell which makes peeling easier.

Heat Source – if you have a stove top that doesn’t stay hot after you turn it off, turn the temperature to simmer and cook the eggs for 2 minutes after the initial boiling before turning the heat off.

Water – If you have 6 eggs you need at least 1 inch of water covering them when cooking. If you are working with 7-12 eggs then you need 2 inches of cover water.

marble surface with cooked egg cut in half.  The yolk is over cooked with green around the edges

How do you know when hard boiled eggs are done?

Try this retro egg timer if you are worried!

You can really only tell by cracking one open and checking the inside.

A few extra eggs in the batch and you can check one at time until they reach the desired consistency.

Don’t bother with all the fancy gadgets for cooking eggs.

This fool proof method for making hard boiled eggs may be “like mom did it” but it works and produces perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel.

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Easy Peel Hard Boiled Egg Recipe

10 brown eggs in a pot with water on a marble surface

How to Hard Boil Eggs on the Stove

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen eggs (large)
  • water
  • ice bath

Instructions

  1. Place eggs in a pot large enough that all the eggs are in a single layer. Cover the eggs with 1-2 inches of water. Remove eggs. Bring water to a boil on stove.
  2. Carefully add the eggs to the hot water. I like to use a spoon to add them so I don't burn my fingers or drop the eggs in and crack them.
  3. Boil for one minute. Turn heat off. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid. START TIMING! Let the eggs sit for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove eggs gently and place in an ice bath. Chill for 15 minutes before peeling or storing.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 372mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Barbara

Monday 5th of April 2021

I have an electric stove & burner stays hot of course after turning fire off so do I remove pan from heat after boiling for 1 minute? Thanks.

Jennifer

Monday 5th of April 2021

I like to keep mine on the burner to make sure the water stays warm longer and doesn't cool too quickly:)

MICHAELA KENKEL

Thursday 11th of June 2020

I have always been an epic failure when it comes to hard boiled eggs until I followed your instructions!!! My family is going to be eating a lot of egg salad!

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