How to Boil an Egg: Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

How to Boil an Egg: Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Today I am honored to have as a guest blogger, my lovely daughter Hannah.

How to Boil Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs...and I Mean Perfect!

It’s almost Easter! And one of the most popular signs of Easter is the Easter egg. So I’m here to tell you how to make the best hard boiled-eggs ever!

You know what I mean by “the best”? I mean a perfect bright-yellow-yolk-minus-the weird-green-color, easy-to-peel, and superbly delicious hard-boiled egg.

How to Boil an Egg: Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

What you need:

A pot and cover
Eggs–as many as you want, as long as they fit in the pot with some room to spare.
Water
A stove
A timer
A good book

How to boil an egg:

First, put the eggs in the pot and cover them completely with cool water. Set the pot on the stove.

How to boil an egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs

Turn the stove on high; as high as it will go, its absolute highest, and wait for the water to come to a roaring boil. (When I say roaring boil, I don’t mean a few little bubbles at the bottom of the pot. I mean roaring, so that someone else can hear it from the next room.) 

How to boil en egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs

When it comes to a roaring boil, set the timer for three minutes. Then wait.

How to boil an egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs

After the three minutes is up, turn off the stove, put the cover on the pot, and set the timer for seven more minutes. (Leave the pot on the burner!)

How to boil an egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs.

Then wait. Again.

How to boil an egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs

When that time is up, take the eggs off the stove and rinse them in cold water. Sometimes I get lazy and just use room temperature water. That works too. (My mother, The Simple Homemaker, cools them in ice water.)

 how to boil an egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs

That’s it! Yep, you heard me correctly. You’re all done!

How to boil an egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs

You can peel and eat them right away, or you can store them in the fridge. (It’s probably best to eat them within a week, but it’s a popular breakfast and snack in our house, so we have no trouble with that.)

So that, my friends, is how to boil an egg, the perfect hard-boiled egg.

It was cheap, it was simple, and it only took about ten minutes.

Here’s the boring printable version:

How to Boil an Egg: Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
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The perfect hard-boiled eggs.
Ingredients
  • A pot and cover
  • Eggs--as many as you want, as long as they fit in the pot with some room to spare.
  • Water
  • A stove
  • A timer
  • A good book
Instructions
  1. Put the eggs in the pot and cover them completely with water.
  2. Set it on the stove.
  3. Turn the stove on high and wait for the water to come to a roaring boil.
  4. When it comes to a roaring boil, set the timer for three minutes. Then wait.
  5. After the three minutes is up, turn off the stove, put the cover on the pot, and set the timer for seven more minutes. (Leave the pot on the burner.)
  6. Then wait. Again.
  7. When that time is up, take the eggs off of the stove and rinse them in cold water or plunge them in ice water until cool.
Notes
Eat within a week.

For easy peeling, read Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs.

Enjoy your perfect hard-boiled eggs!  Happy Easter!

Horse Crazy BookwormHannah is my firstborn daughter. She was a “roadschooled” 15-year-old at the time of this writing, 2012. Now she is a budding photographer and a freelance writer who loves experimenting in the kitchen and cooking for people on restricted diets. She is currently working on a chocolate cookbook for people who can’t eat sugar, grains, dairy, or soy. Hannah makes all the hard-boiled eggs here at The Simple Home…the good eggs, anyway. She emphatically denies any accountability for yesterday’s batch of less-than-perfect eggs made by a certain someone (a-hem…her mother) who did not follow the above directions. 

 

 

21 Replies to “How to Boil an Egg: Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs”

    1. You’re very blessed to have farm fresh eggs!

      The best advice I have for you is to “mimic” the supermarket eggs. In other words, wait a couple of weeks until the eggs are not quite as fresh. You may have to experiment with just how long to wait.

      The advice on the Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs post might help, also.

      Thanks for your question!

      http://www.thesimplehomemaker.com/peeling-hard-boiled-eggs

    2. My method for our fresh eggs is to let the sit in warm water while they wait their turn to be peeled, and run a slow stream of lukewarm water over them while you peel them. I get them nearly all perfectly peeled this way.

    3. My method is similar, except I put the lid on and take them off the heat once they get to that roaring boil. Works really well.

  1. I read this one day too late! Ironically after taking a lot of time peeling my “not perfect” eggs.

    Thanks for the post! Now I know. So..if you ever stop by..maybe I’ll have some ready for you. 😉

  2. Yay! Perfect hard boiled eggs! Thanks for such wonderful & easy directions! This was the 1st time my boiled eggs came out looking ‘pretty'” 🙂

    1. Same here! When I started using my daughter’s approach, my eggs turned out beautifully. Hooray! Thanks for letting us know!

  3. Hi, how do I store the boiled eggs overnight? I really want to get over the boiling thingy at night so that I can easily have a lazy morning making sandwiches for breakfast 😛 Do I have to reheat the eggs if I want to use them for a sandwich or salad? Also, will it smell the typical eggy?

    1. Great idea to prep ahead! I pop them back in the carton unpeeled and put them in the frig for up to a week. Sometimes I will peel them and store them in a plastic bag for a few days. I’ve never reheated them unless I’m using them in a cooking or baking recipe. If you follow the instructions, you will not have the sulfur smell, if that is what you are referring to, but as far as I know, an egg will always taste like an egg…unless it’s a chocolate-covered peanut butter egg. 😉

  4. SUCCESS! I have tried for years to make a perfect boiled egg to no avail! Finally your method worked!! I have perfect eggs for decorating for this Easter! Easy to peel, yellow yolk, no gray!! Thank you!!!!!

    1. Hooray!!! Thank you for sharing! You put a bigger smile on my already smiling face this Easter Sunday morning.

      A blessed Easter to you. He has risen…just as He said!

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