Today I am honored to have as a guest blogger, my lovely daughter Hannah.
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.
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.
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.)
When it comes to a roaring boil, set the timer for three minutes. Then wait.
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!)
Then wait. Again.
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.)
That’s it! Yep, you heard me correctly. You’re all done!
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|
- A pot and cover
- Eggs–as many as you want, as long as they fit in the pot with some room to spare.
- A stove
- A timer
- A good book
- Put the eggs in the pot and cover them completely with water.
- Set it on the stove.
- Turn the stove on high and wait for the water to come to a roaring boil.
- When it comes to a roaring boil, set the timer for three minutes. Then wait.
- 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.)
- Then wait. Again.
- 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.
Eat within a week.
For easy peeling, read Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs.
Enjoy your perfect hard-boiled eggs! Happy Easter!
21 thoughts on “How to Boil an Egg: Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs”
Is there a variation for farm fresh eggs, that normally do not peel easily?
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!
The comment section of the egg peeling post has some great tips that might help you. 🙂
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.
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.
They’re the best hard boiled eggs ever. No gray yolks or sulfur smell. Way to go Hannah!
(I tried to think of something witty to say, but nothing came.)
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. 😉
We’ll consider that an open invitation. 🙂
I know; I’m awesome, right? 😉
(Ha ha, funny/corny joke.)
Thanks for having me at your blog!
Anytime, my dear. Anytime. 🙂
Yay! Perfect hard boiled eggs! Thanks for such wonderful & easy directions! This was the 1st time my boiled eggs came out looking ‘pretty'” 🙂
Same here! When I started using my daughter’s approach, my eggs turned out beautifully. Hooray! Thanks for letting us know!
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?
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. 😉
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!!!!!
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!
How long do you cook jumbo eggs to hard boil?
I really don’t know. I imagine an extra minute would be plenty. I’m sorry!
I love hard boiled eggs. My hubby also loves. He makes some perfect hard boiled eggs recipes. I am going to have to show him this post! Thanks for sharing! He’ll love it!
I hope your eggs turned out beautifully!