Boiling a Perfect Egg

How do you boil the perfect egg? I never can do it, either I don't boil them long enough, or to long and the shells peel off easily.

Lisa from Sheboygan, WI

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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

Start with cold water put burner on high and pull off heat as soon as it reaches a rolling boil. Let sit for 10 minutes then cool in cold water. If you use week old eggs, they peel easier because the shells are permeable and they dry out a little in the fridge making the inner shell looser.

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with the one on top bring your pot to boiling and then remove the pan and cover it. let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse in cold water. Put cold water in the pan and put the lid on and shake the eggs really hard so they crack all over. They are easier to peel that way.

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

put the eggs in cold water and when is starts to boil turn it of and caver for about 1/2 hr

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with previous posts with only minor modifications: Use medium-high heat until water boils. Turn off and let sit for 20 minutes, then drain and put into bowl filled with ice and water. Let sit until eggs feel cool to touch. It's best to peel and use right away those which are cracked. (Few, unless handled roughly.) The others may be dried off, marked "B" with a pencil, and stored in the refrigerator for a few days. This works great at Easter when coloring eggs (don't mark these!).

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

20 minutes with a soft rolling boil works for me.

Good Luck !

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

I recently bought an electric vegetable steamer and following the EASY instructions, I can "boil" a full dozen eggs in 12 minutes. Then I "crack" each one & put in ice water for 15 minutes - perfect!!

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

I put my eggs in cold water. Bring to a boil and boil for five minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 25 minutes. Then run cold water over them for about five minutes. The peel practically slides right off!

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

I cover eggs with cold water to about an inch - bring to a boil on high - cover - remove from heat - let sit for about 15 minutes - pour off the hot water - shake back and forth to crack shells - run cold water into pan to cover eggs - peel eggs while holding hot egg under cold running water.

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

I do what some others do in regards to removing the pot from the eye once the eggs start to boil. After fifteen minutes the eggs are always done. The cracking methods mentioned are not always 100% for me. My neighbor just brought over a dozen of just purchased eggs and ask me if I had a dozen that had been in the fridge for two weeks or longer. I did and she ask if I would trade eggs with her. Scratching my head I agreed. Then she told me she was planning to make deviled eggs and the older eggs shelled beautifully. Haven't tried it yet - not sure but she swears by it????

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

#1. Don't use FRESH eggs - look for some a week old or longer.

2. Leave them sit out on the counter for a few hours. VERY IMPORTANT!!

3. Put them in a pan and cover with COLD water, adding a bit of salt which will prevent the egg from running out of the shell if it was cracked.

4. Bring the water to a boil.

5. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

6. Drain and add cold water to cover eggs - wait a few minutes and repeat.

7. Lightly roll the egg on the counter and the shell will come right off.

We raised chickens and sold eggs for at least 25 years and I've cooked MANY eggs and always have perfect results this way. I cooked at a school for awhile and we did eggs this way also.

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

You can put some salt on the water and boil it and keep it for 5-7 minutes . After that you can easily peel off the eggs easily

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March 22, 20070 found this helpful

SIMPLEST PERFECTLY BOILED EGG:

Add 1/2 teaspoon vinegar to cold water just covering

the egg(s), regardless of number. Set timer for 15 minutes from turning on the knob to high for 5 min. to med. low for 10 min., to finish. Pour out cold water, fill pan with cold water and peel immediately after 2 min.

If you like medium done yokes, reduce time to 13 min. If your eggs are thin shelled / not organically

raised, they will take the lesser time.

Good luck and God bless you for His marvelous eggs.

: )

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March 23, 20070 found this helpful

For a perfect hard boiled egg, place egg in a small pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. When it boils, turn off the heat and let egg sit in the water in the covered pot for ten minutes.

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March 23, 20070 found this helpful

Put in pan covered with cold water, bring to a full rolling boil for ten-eleven minutes, then rinse in cold water. The yolks will be done perfefctly with NO GREEN :) Using old eggs, as everyone else said, will make them easier to peel.

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April 2, 20070 found this helpful

How to cook the perfect hard boiled egg

Put the eggs in a pan and cover with cool water.

Begin boiling the eggs and water over high heat.

When the water boils vigorously 2 minutes, this means a full rolling boil, remove the pan from the heat and cover with a lid.

After they sit for 12 minutes, drain the water and put a crack in each egg. When you crack the eggs after they are done cooking, it allows a place for the sulfur to escape. It is this sulfur that causes the odor and the green color.

Next cover the eggs with cold water for about 30 minutes.

After the eggs are completely cool, for easy peeling, start at the large end first.

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June 18, 20070 found this helpful

All you do is,

get a big enough saucepan with a lid to hold # of eggs you desire and enough water to cover them.

Bring to a boil, put the lid on, and turn off the heat just let them sit about 10 mins or so, drain the water and then give the pan a shake to break the shells makeing them easier to peel, hope this helps!

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September 5, 20070 found this helpful

Google "boiling the perfect egg" and there is a link to a Julia Child's recipe. Its perfect!

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December 4, 20090 found this helpful

This is what I do I have been doing this since I was 18 years old I am now 57. I like a medium boiled egg that I can dip my toast in!.

I have a very small saucepan-it holds 2-3 eggs only and has a lid also.

I put either one or two eggs in the pan it doesn't matter. I just put about 1cm deep of cold water in the saucepan-it comes about 1/4 way up the egg. Put on the lid, turn on the gas and it boils within about 30 seconds- I then guess 3-4 minutes take it out and its perfect every time! Saves time, saves energy!! - Hope you enjoy it - Richard :-)

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How do you hard boil an egg so that the shell comes off without damaging the egg white?

By Brian

May 31, 20110 found this helpful

My grandmother always put some salt in the water before putting in the eggs to cook; it is said to harden the egg shells, making them easier to remove. This is what I always do, too.

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Well, I will add my 2 cents since no one has mentioned my mother's trick to an easy peelable hard boiled egg. She boils the eggs in water wish just a little more than a cap full of vinegar. Has them boil for a few minutes(sorry I don't know how long but probably similar to the others below). She pours the hot water out and fills the pan with cool water to cool the eggs down. Then just cracks them up and peels them.

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I put eggs in pan, add water, and put on stove. I leave them there for 10 min after they start boiling. Can drain hot water and rinse with cold to cool them down, makes no difference, they just need to be cool enough to handle. I take eggs one at a time and crack it all over by tapping on the counter. Press on the big end cause there is a air pocket there, and just slowly peel around till all the shell is off. Can rinse the eggs to be sure no little bits of shell remain.

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June 1, 20110 found this helpful

I sent this in before. We have about 40 chickens so I cook a lot of eggs and sell the rest. I was having a lot of problems getting the shell off without ruining the whites until I starting using this method. Most of the eggs I use are fresh from the nest. Only once have I used cold eggs and they did not peel as well as the room temperature eggs. So maybe let them get room temperature before cooking. The shells just slide off like they have been greased. Never will I cook hard boiled eggs any other way.

I found this method on the site Chickens in the Road, before I had trouble removing the shells from boiled eggs. We have chickens so I have used this method the same day the eggs were layed with no problems removing the shells.

Bring the water to boil. Add a dash of salt. Add eggs with a slotted spoon. Boil for 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Add cold tap water (I put in about 4 to 5 ice cubes) Let cool until able to handle. Crack and the shells will slide off.

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful
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