How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs have so many uses from appetizers, salads, snacks, or dying for Easter. This simple method makes perfect hard boiled eggs every time.

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There are a few things I learned in my home economics class in high school that I still remember: how to balance a checkbook, how to care for a baby made out of a five-pound flour sack, and how to make perfect hard boiled eggs. Come to think about it, that’s probably three more things than I remember from a lot of classes that I had in high school and things that I use routinely. Well, not the five-pound flour sack baby, but you get the drift.

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Hard cooked eggs are one of the things that I could at least once a week. Since our hens give us so many eggs each day, it probably is a  good thing we love and use them so much!

Many times I use the method I’ve shared preciously of preparing hard cooked eggs in the oven, but I still love cooking them the way that Mrs. Dickerson showed me in home economics – boiled. Over the years, I’ve slightly adjusted from her teachings as I’ve found how my family prefers our hard boiled eggs.

I’ve found that hard boiled eggs are easier to peel if they have been aged for about 5-10 days in the refrigerator before boiling. It’s best to buy your eggs early and store them for making perfect hard boiled eggs that you won’t have difficulty peeling. Additionally, if you find that once you’ve boiled your eggs and they are difficult to peel, you can simply place the remaining boiled eggs into an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for 3-5 days and then attempt peeling them again.

For those of you like me that use farm fresh eggs, I also recommend adding about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water as you are cooking your eggs in addition to aging them. This will cause your eggs to have more of a smell when cooked, but will make them easier to peel.

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Here’s how I make perfect hard boiled eggs. I hope you love them!

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Hard boiled eggs have so many uses from appetizers, salads, snacks, or dying for Easter. This simple method makes perfect hard boiled eggs every time.
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  1. To boil eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Do not add more eggs than a single layer or they will not produce the perfect hard boiled egg.
  2. Cover the eggs with fresh water, plus about 1 to 2 inches of water. Place saucepan onto stovetop at medium-low heat and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Cover and remove the saucepan from the heat and allow to sit for 12 minutes. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop all cooking.
  3. To peel eggs, simply tap them on their sides onto a hard surface such as a counter top. Then, carefully peel the shell away. If the eggs seem hard to peel, I've found peeling them under a slight stream of running, cold water to be helpful. Eggs, once peeled, may stay in an airtight container for 5 days.

Robyn xo


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    Kiki C. says

    Thanks for the “how to” on boiling eggs, we all need a refresher course from good old home “ec” days…now known as consumer science in some circles believe it or not. We made pizza bites with weenies and chili sauce on Ritz crackers in mine…how gourmet! This is good info for all the upcoming Easter recipes…eggzactly what we need!

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    Alicia J. says

    Conversation with my husband while he was home from TX last weekend:”Honey, how do you hard boil eggs?” Then he looks me in the eye and says “never mind.” Out of everything that I can cook/bake I CANNOT hard boil an egg. My last attempt was about 3 years ago for Easter. We had soft boiled dyed eggs. I don’t know what I do wrong, because I’ve cooked them for 20 minutes before and still got mushy eggs. I told him to just buy them form the grocery store already cooked. I’m going to send him your instructions in case he ever wants to attempt them himself.

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    Woodina Woodman says

    i was a terrible hard-boiled egg boiler, until I found your article. I used to be a home economics teacher. But you get away from things and forget. What we had taught was that they are hard-cooked eggs, not hard-boiled, that hard boiled eggs are green. But whatever. The amount of water, and the single layer are crucial, and that I had forgotten. I pour a little vinegar in the water, maybe achieving the same effect as the baking soda, since my eggs are always fresh. Thanks for reminding me how to make them again. They are coming out great.

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    Woodina Woodman says

    PS: Low-Medium heat does not work for me. They never boil on my stove at that temperature. I have to turn up to a little hotter than medium.

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    Charlyn says

    I just did this trick today. I always forget how to do it and didn’t want to bother my hubby about reminding me. I was a little nervous since a few people seem to have this not work but it worked like a charm. They came out beautifully. I think I will always do it this way from now on. And now I don’t have to always rely on my hubby to remember. Thanks!

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    Kim Honeycutt says

    I just tried this (using 1/2 tsp baking soda) and it worked very well. The eggs were cooked just right with no green. Tasted great! THANKS!!

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    Marie says

    One trick for super easy peeling I learned from Nancy Failing while working at the golf course snack bar in the 1970s! We made hard boilded eggs for all the golfers every day. The tip: As soon as you remove the eggs from the hot boiling water, plunge them into an ice water bath for a couple minutes. I put a bunch of ice cubes and cold water in my Tupperware plastic pitcher while the eggs boil so it is very cold by the time the 12 minutes have passed. Let the eggs sit in the ice water until the ice melts. I think the extreme temp change causes the skin to pull away from insdie the shell, but that’s just a guess. If you crack the egg at the hollow end, it will peel easily.

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    Chelie says

    thanks for sharing.

    on a side note, about peeling the eggs: My mother taught me that if eggs are hard to peel, use a teaspoon. Simply get shell away in one section, including thin membrane, then slide the spoon in between the membrane and the egg and gently slide the spoon along. The shell just peels away.

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    max says

    Fool proof way to cook hardboiled eggs…… is to put as many eggs in large sauce pan. Fill with water, 1-2 inches over top. Add the 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (easier to peel). Bring to boil, turn off heat, but leave pan on the hot burner, for 20 minutes. Remove pan. Fill with cold water, let sit a couple minutes, and peel.
    Perfect every time, and soooo simple.

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      That is the way I was taught years ago but I use kosher salt instead of baking soda. Salt is said to make the peeling effort easy.
      Robyn I shall try your version sounds quite similar.

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