Hard Boiled Eggs

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Hard boiled eggs are used in many dishes and are handy to have on hand in the refrigerator.  If you are planning ahead, buy eggs at least a week before you want to cook them.  Although fresh eggs are best for fried and poached eggs, older eggs are better for hard boiled eggs, as fresh eggs are very hard to peel.  The length of time that it takes for the eggs to cook in the boiling water will depend on the size of the eggs (larger eggs take longer to cook), your altitude (water boils at a higher temperature at lower altitudes), your stove and your pots and pans.  So it is a good idea to try cooking the eggs for differing times when you are first attempting them in your kitchen, maybe starting at 10 minutes and then adjusting up or down depending on if the yolk is cooked through. You want to avoid overcooking the eggs, as then the outer yolk will darken and will not be attractive.  So try a few eggs at different times, adding a minute as necessary to be sure the eggs are cooked, but not overcooked. 


Be sure to cool the eggs in cold water for at least 15 minutes before trying to peel them.  The water should be very cold.  If your tap water is quite cold, that is good enough.  Otherwise, after removing the cooked eggs from the stove,  add some ice cubes to the pan with the tap water to get the water quite cold.


To peel the eggs, shake off the excess water, and then crack the eggs at the ends.  Start peeling at the bigger end, as there is usually an air bubble there that makes it easier to start the peeling.  There is a membrane between the shell and the egg that needs to be removed and you want to get under this membrane when you are peeling the eggs. If I am making hard boiled eggs that I want to look good for deviled eggs, etc., I usually cook extras so that I will have enough good ones if some don't peel attractively.  The unattractive ones can be used for chopped eggs in dishes such as egg salad, potato salad, etc. or if you have a dog, given to the dog as a special treat (at least my Springer Spaniel thought it was a good idea).


The time given in the following instructions is just a suggestion and may need to be adjusted for your kitchen and equipment.



Desired number of eggs (preferably at least a week old)


Place eggs in large saucepan.  Slowly bring to a gentle boil.  Reduce heat slightly, and simmer gently for 11 minutes.  Carefully drain off hot water and cover with ice water.  Let sit in ice cold water for 15 minutes and then peel.


Recipes that use hard boiled eggs:


Deviled Eggs

Potato Salad

Macaroni Salad

Spinach Salad

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Cobb Salad