Hard boiled eggs are perfect little packets of sensible food. They are a perfect boost to healthy eating in the New Year. They are a time saver. They are easy to prepare and keep organized in the fridge. They can even keep you more organized with your meals. I’m going to show you how to cook perfect hard boiled eggs.
Fill a large pot about 3/4 full with cold water.
Gently place 6-12 eggs into the pan while the water is still cold. This step is very important, and minimizes the eggs from cracking during cooking.
Place the pot, uncovered, on the stove on high heat.
As soon as the pot starts a rolling boil, turn off the heat completely and cover the pot with a lid for 20 minutes.
When the timer sounds after 20 minutes, carefully drain the hot water from the pot and transfer the eggs into a colander.
Rinse the eggs under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Chill the eggs for at least an hour or overnight in the fridge.
I also dot each hard boiled egg with a Sharpie, making it clear that these eggs are cooked. You can tell a hard boiled egg by spinning it on the counter. Hard boiled eggs spin. Uncooked eggs do not. Marking them seems easier to me; skip this step if you are boiling them to dye Easter Eggs.
I also mark an egg carton so my family knows which is hard boiled.
Once cooled, you can gently crack the shell all around by rolling it on the counter, then peel. The shells should come off cleanly.
Rinse peeled eggs and use in your favorite recipe.
My favorite way to use hard boiled eggs:
- Add protein to salads
- throw in the KitchenAid mixer for a quick egg salad sandwich
- deviled eggs
- Shaped egg molds in the kids lunches (press a hard boiled egg in each mold before it cools)
- And of course, Easter eggs!
Are you inspired to cook some perfect hard boiled eggs?