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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.

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
  1. 1Place eggs in a pot filled with cold water

    Set eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Water should cover eggs by one to two inches.

  2. 2Boil the water

    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).

  3. 3Submerge the eggs in cold water

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

  4. 4Crack and peel the eggs

    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.

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