Cooking the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Hard cooked eggs are also known as hard-boiled eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are a great food to make ahead of time.  Make a dozen eggs on Sunday so your family can enjoy them throughout the coming week. Hard-boiled eggs are a great source of protein.  They make a perfect snack, on the go breakfast item or a great addition to a salad.

But do you find that you can never get your hard-boiled eggs to cook just perfectly?  Don’t worry – we have the solution! There are many ways to cook the perfect hard-boiled egg.

One way is to put your eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat over medium-high heat until boiling.  Turn the heat off, but leave the pan on the hot stove for 10-12 minutes.  Once you take the eggs off of the stove, immediately put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and loosen the shells for peeling.

The key to a great hard-boiled egg is also getting the outside shell off without damaging the egg inside.  Older eggs (those eggs that have been in your refrigerator for about a week) actually seem to peel easier than the fresher eggs.  Adding 2 teaspoons of baking soda to cold water before boiling may also assist in getting perfectly peeled eggs.

Never microwave eggs in shells. Steam builds up too quickly inside and eggs are likely to explode.
Try out our tips on making the perfect hard-boiled egg soon!
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