Perfectly Hard-Boiled Eggs

Cluck and Trowel eggs, Pawtucket Winter Farmers Market

Cluck and Trowel eggs, Pawtucket Winter Farmers Market

With Easter upon us, today seemed like the perfect day to share our family recipe for perfectly hard-boiled eggs.  There is nothing more frustrating than trying to peel an egg when the shell is all stubbornly stuck. Or how about when the yolks turn green.  Ewww! That is all a distant memory to me because my husband has mastered the trick to perfectly hard-boiled eggs. I haven’t had a stuck-on shell or green yolk in years.   

Step 1: Fill any large pot with water only and bring it to a boil.  Be sure to use enough water to cover your eggs.

Step 2: While the water in the pan is heating, place eggs in a bowl.  Fill the bowl with hot tap water. Let the eggs sit in this hot tap water until your pan is ready with boiling water.  Empty the bowl of water.

Step 3: Using a slotted spoon, carefully place the eggs, one-by-one, into the pot of boiling water.

Step 4: Set the timer for 10 minutes.

Step 5:  After 10 minutes, remove the pan from heat and let the eggs sit in the pan for 1-2 minutes.

Step 6:  Using the slotted spoon, remove eggs, one-by-one from the pan and place them back in your now-empty bowl.

Step 7:  Place the bowl in the sink.  Run cold water over the eggs for 1 minute.  Let the eggs sit in the water for 5 minutes to cool down.  (Note: This step is critical for shells that will peel easily).

Step 8:  Remove eggs from water.  Store in refrigerator.

This method is fail proof.  This has been a science experiment of sorts for my husband, who was very determined to figuring out the best way to ensure the very best egg results.  He insists that the combination of soaking the eggs first in hot tap water before boiling them – and then soaking them again in cold tap water after boiling the eggs – causes the membrane to adhere to the shell and not to the egg white.  I just know that it I get the satisfaction of perfect eggs every time.

Whether it’s for Easter – or for every day – you have to try this!