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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs So They’re Perfect (and Easy to Peel) Every Time


Whether you love to eat them on their own with just a touch of salt or use them in your favorite deviled eggs recipes, hard boiled eggs are great to eat any time of day and for any occasion. Never made them before or want to try out a few new hacks to make the process easier? Here’s everything you need to know to create the best hard boiled eggs.

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How do I cook hard boiled eggs?

Everybody’s got their own way for making delicious hard boiled eggs, but this recipe for beginners makes it so easy. Take your eggs out of the fridge 20 minutes before you want to cook them. When they’re at room temperature, place them in cold water and then bring the pot to a boil. Once your water begins to bubble up, kill the heat and let your eggs sit for 15 minutes in the hot water, keeping them on the heated stove top. Remove them from the pot and then let them sit in a bowl for another two minutes before shocking them in an ice bath or running them under cold water. There you go, straightforward hard boiled eggs!

Also, you can play around with how long you let your eggs sit in that hot water to get a different color and texture. According to Love & Lemons, eggs left to cook for 10 minutes have a brighter, creamier yolk, while eggs left for 12 minutes or even longer have more muted colors and chalkier textures. It’s all about preference and totally up to you!

How do I keep hard boiled eggs from cracking?

It’s a classic problem: You put your eggs in your pot and as they begin to cook the crack immediately. Luckily, there’s a simple way to keep this from happening. Instead of immediately placing cold eggs straight from the fridge into your water, leave your eggs out on the counter for at least 20 minutes to warm up a bit and get closer to room temperature. Or, you can sit them in a bowl of room temperature water and wait about five minutes. This make it so there isn’t as large of a temperature change and your eggs won’t crack in the process.

How do I peel eggs once they’re cooked?

You’ve probably heard that you need to dump your newly cooked eggs in an ice bath to cool them, but contrary to popular belief, you can actually get the same effect from running them under cold water until they’re not longer warm.

From there, here’s a quick tip for peeling them without having to rough up your fingers scratching off tiny pieces of shell or getting shell bits everywhere. Take your newly cooled eggs, put them in a Tupperware container full of water that has some room for each eggs to roll around, and then shake the container vigorously for 30 seconds before checking to see if the shells have come off. You may need to repeat this process a few times. Just make sure you’re not shaking your container so hard that the eggs start falling apart. You can also try this same trick with a single egg in a glass full of water and get the same effect.

Can I make hard boiled eggs in the oven?

Did you know you can make hard boiled eggs in your oven too? It’s actually a favorite recipe of chef Alton Brown’s! You’ll just need to preheat your oven to 320 Fahrenheit, place your full eggs in individual muffin tin slots, and then bake them for 30 minutes. Take them out, immediately cool them via an ice water bath or that cold running water method, and peel those bad boys however you see fit. You may notice a few brown spots on your oven-baked eggs, but trust me, they’ll still taste as delicious as ever.

Even if you use just or two of these quick tricks, you’ll have the best hard boiled eggs ever. Enjoy!

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