Learning how to hard boil eggs well is easy, and it will be an invaluable skill to have in the kitchen. This might not be the most exciting topic I’ve written about (and by “might not,” I mean it’s on the boring side) — however, it’s an important lesson. In the cooking world, anyway. 😉
If you don’t know a good technique for hard boiling eggs, you might ruin perfectly good eggs. (Don’t do that!)
How to Hard Boil Eggs
There are many different methods of boiling eggs — this way works for me every time.
It’s important to start with the best quality eggs you can. I only purchase cage free eggs, and at my local Farmers Market when I can.
The eggs are placed in a pot with just enough water to cover them. The water is brought to a boil, immediately turned to the lowest setting, and then simmers, uncovered, for about 9 minutes. The eggs are then removed and cooled in an ice bath before they’re peeled.
Learning how to hard boil eggs well is easy, and it will be an invaluable skill to have in the kitchen.
- 4 large eggs
- water (enough to cover the eggs)
Carefully place your eggs in a pot, large enough to easily hold the number of eggs you are boiling.
Add enough cold water to rise about 2-inches above the eggs and bring to a boil.
Immediately reduce the heat to the lowest setting and set a timer for 9 minutes. (Do not cover.) Let the eggs gently simmer until the timer rings.
While the eggs are simmering, prepare a large bowl with ice water.
Remove each egg with a slotted spoon, placing them in the ice water as you go.
Once the eggs are cool enough to touch, gently tap them with the back of a spoon (or on the side of the sink, on a cutting board, etc.)
Peel the eggs. (If they're still very warm, you can lightly run cold water over the eggs as you peel them.)
Once they're cool, they should be refrigerated until you're ready to used them.