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How To Hard Boil The Perfect Eggs

Learn the secrets to achieving perfectly hard-boiled eggs with our step-by-step guide, featuring the ideal cooking method, tips, and tricks. There is so much to explore about how to hard-boil eggs.

You might have noticed this month, Lia Rose Simply Home has been egg-themed as we celebrate Easter just around the corner. We've covered various egg-related topics, such as dyeing eggs using onion skins and dyeing eggs using Cool Whip and food coloring. But let's not forget the classic: How to hard-boil the perfect egg.

How long should I boil eggs for the perfect hard-boiled egg?" This age-old question has puzzled many home cooks seeking that ideal balance between a firm white and creamy yolk. Hard-boiled eggs are a versatile and nutritious addition to any meal or snack. Whether making deviled eggs, egg salad, or just enjoying them as a quick and healthy snack, mastering the art of hard-boiling eggs is essential. In this blog post, we will cover everything you need to know to achieve perfectly hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs. But first, let's talk about peeling hard-boiled eggs.

Boiling Time

Egg Yolks

Egg Whites

6-7 minutes

Soft set yolk

Firm white

8-9 minutes

Slightly firm yolk


10-12 minutes

Fully set-hard boiled

Fully Set

Peeling hard-boiled eggs can often be a challenging task. Did you know eggs stored in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 days are perfect for boiling, provided they haven't surpassed their expiration date? This aging process makes them easier to peel compared to fresher eggs. I guess this explains why certain eggs peel effortlessly while others don't. I remember one Thanksgiving when I was making deviled eggs, and it seemed like the shells were glued to the eggs. I struggled to peel every single egg and as you can imagine the presentation of the deviled eggs wasn't exactly pretty but the eggs were hard-boiled to perfection and tasted delicious.

Why are older eggs easier to peel?

Older eggs tend to peel easier when hard-boiled due to a natural process called aging. As eggs age, the pH level of the albumen (egg white) increases, causing it to adhere less to the inner membrane of the shell. This separation between the egg white and the membrane makes it easier to peel the egg without damaging its surface. Additionally, older eggs tend to have larger air cells, which further aids in the separation of the egg white from the shell, resulting in a smoother peeling process.

Tip for removing the shell from hard-boiled eggs.

Cracking the top and bottom of a hard-boiled egg creates small fractures in the shell, which helps to break the seal between the egg white and the membrane lining the shell. This makes it easier to peel the egg without damaging the underlying egg white. After cracking the bottom of the egg, you may notice a small air pocket forming there. This can be helpful when peeling the egg, as it provides a starting point for easier peeling. You can also hold the egg under cold water while peeling. This method doesn't always work, I've experienced both success and failure.

Useful Tips

A common issue when boiling eggs whether you prefer them hard or soft-boiled is the shell often cracks during boiling. Here are a few tips to prevent it.

Don't place cold eggs into boiling water.

Avoid placing cold eggs directly into boiling water as it significantly increases the risk of cracking. Ensure that the temperature of the eggs and the water you will be boiling are approximately the same. Start with cold water and place cold eggs before boiling them to prevent cracking.

Don't vigorously boil the water. Ensure the water remains at a gentle boil. It should bubble gently, without being too vigorous to prevent the eggs from bouncing around. If the water boils too rapidly, the shells will break by bouncing against each other and the bottom of the pan.

How To Hard Boil Eggs

1. Selecting the Eggs:

- Older eggs tend to peel more easily after boiling.

2. Preparation:

- Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan or pot.

- Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by about an inch.

3. Boiling:

- Bring the water to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.

- Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the eggs simmer for 3-12 minutes, depending on preference (see chart).

4. Timing:

- For soft-boiled eggs with a soft set yolk and firm white boil for about 6-7 minutes.

- For medium-boiled eggs with a slightly firm yolk, boil for about 8-9 minutes.

- For hard-boiled eggs with a fully cooked yolk boil for 10-12 minutes.

5. Cooling:

- Once the eggs are cooked to your desired level, remove them from the heat and immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

6. Peeling:

- To ease the peeling process, gently tap the bottom and top of the hard-boiled egg. This action breaks the seal, facilitating smoother peeling.

- Start peeling from the wider end of the egg, where the air pocket is usually located.

- Peel under running water to help remove any stubborn shell pieces.

How long do hard-boiled eggs stay good?

Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week if they are kept in their shells. Once peeled they should be consumed within 1-2 days. In my household we use a good amount of eggs, whether for baking or hard boiling. I love having this egg holder dedicated to our hard boiled eggs. I have mistakenly grabbed from the wrong carton when Iv'e stored hard boiled eggs in the original carton. There's nothing quite like cracking open an egg for a baking recipe only to discover it's hard boiled.

Stackable egg holder
Stackable egg holder

Look at this adorable porcelain egg cup- holders perfect for a brunch or family gathering.

Hard-boiling eggs is simple with the right technique and a little practice. By following these tips and tricks, you will be able to easily achieve perfectly boiled eggs, whether making a quick snack or preparing a delicious meal. So go ahead, boil a batch of eggs, and enjoy their versatility and nutritious goodness in your favorite dishes!

While you're here, make sure to explore how to dye eggs using onion skins and these fun tie-dyed eggs using Cool Whip.

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