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Subject: How to Boil an Egg
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 4:43 PM ET
Member Since: 3/22/2007
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What's the best way to hard boil an egg?

I have tried numerous recipes by a variety of experts and my eggs either come out under done (the yolk is not completely cooked in the center) or over done, (the outer part of the yolk gets that greenish tinge.)  

I've tried

putting the eggs in the water before turning on the heat,

bringing the water to a boil and then adding the eggs,

bringing the eggs and water to a boil and then turning off the heat and covering for the proscribed time

but nothing seems to work with any sort of consistency.

So, tell me, does anyone have a consistent way to hard boil an egg?

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 11:03 PM ET
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Believe it or not, there is an art to cooking eggs in the shell. Find out how to cook them perfectly to your tastes without that gray-green tinge. Remember, hard-boiled eggs is a misnomer as they should not be boiled for any length of time.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 25 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
  2. Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
  3. Cover pot with lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let stand.
  5. Large soft-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 1 to 4 minutes, depending on your tastes.
  6. Large hard-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 15 to 17 minutes.
  7. When cooked to desired level, drain off hot water.
  8. Immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
  9. Soft-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until cool enough to handle. Serve.
  10. Hard-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until completely cooled. Use as needed.


  1. Never boil eggs. It makes them rubbery.
  2. Use older eggs. Fresh ones won't peel properly.
  3. To keep eggs from cracking while cooking (before placing in water), pierce large end with a needle, which will also make them easier to peel.

What You Need:

  • eggs
  • saucepan
Date Posted: 9/11/2010 9:37 AM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2007
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I hard-boil exactly as described above, and it's always worked fine for me.

 Bring the eggs and the water to boil, remove from heat, and let eggs sit in the hot water 15 minutes.

(It sounds harder with every step outlined like that, but it really is not).

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 2:47 PM ET
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Thanks you guys.

I'll give it a try next time I hard boil some eggs.


I thought that it was older eggs that caused the shells to stick when peeling?

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 3:49 PM ET
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Nope - older eggs peel easier.  I use the above method, too.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 2:20 PM ET
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You can tell if a hard boiled egg is fully cooked through by spinning it.  Just remove it from the water and spin it on your counter top.  If it spins rapidly, it's cooked through. If it spins slowly and sluggishly, it needs some more cooking time.  ;)