How to Hard-Boil an Egg

Hard-boiling eggs is almost as easy as boiling water, if you know the right process: Cooking eggs too long or too vigorously can result in cracked shells, tough whites, and green-gray, sulfuric-smelling yolks. The gentle method shown in this video works every time.

What You Need

  • eggs, saucepan with lid, cold water, timer, bowl
Follow These Four Easy Steps
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    Place eggs in a pot filled with cold water

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    Set <a target="_self" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/ingredients-guide/eggs-0000000003... in a single layer in a saucepan. Water should cover eggs by one to two inches.

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    Boil the water

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    Bring the water to a full, rolling boil, and cover the saucepan. Turn off the stove, remove the pot from the burner, and let it stand, covered, for 12 minutes (set the timer).

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    Submerge the eggs in cold water

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    Drain the pot, and transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water, to stop the cooking process.

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    Crack and peel the eggs

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    Tap each egg a few times to crack its shell, then roll it on a work surface to break the shell completely. Start peeling, dunking the egg into the bowl of water as you go to wash away any bits of shell.<br/><br/>Get more <a target="_self" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popu... egg recipes</a>.

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