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How to Hard-Boil an Egg

Making the perfect hard-boiled egg is a science. Follow these simple steps to have that perfect creamy yellow yolk.


  • Step 1: Get eggs Purchase eggs one week prior to cooking. Fresh eggs are harder to peel.
  • TIP: Don't use eggs that have visible cracks – they could be spoiled.
  • Step 2: Remove eggs from refrigerator Remove eggs from the refrigerator 15 minutes before cooking. Room temperature eggs are less likely to crack in hot water.
  • Step 3: Place eggs in saucepan Place one layer of eggs in a saucepan. Laying eggs on top of each other will cook them unevenly.
  • Step 4: Add water Add enough water to cover the eggs.
  • Step 5: Turn stove on high Turn the heat on high. Place the lid on the pan and wait until the water is at a rapid boil.
  • Step 6: Remove from burner Remove the pan from the burner and turn it off. Take the lid off the pan and return the pan to the burner.
  • Step 7: Simmer eggs Simmer jumbo eggs in water for 18 minutes, large eggs for 15 minutes, and medium eggs for 12 minutes.
  • Step 8: Run cold water over eggs Remove the pan from the stove top and place it in the sink. Run cold water over the eggs until they’re cool to the touch.
  • FACT: Did you know? A hen lays 265 eggs per year on average.

You Will Need

  • Eggs
  • A saucepan
  • A stove
  • A timer

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