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How to Boil an Egg

It sounds so easy, doesn't it? Kind of like having to know how to boil water.

But there is a secret to how to boil an egg.

No matter what you're going to do with the egg, you want to be able to easily peel it. If you're making deviled eggs or egg salad, you want to make sure the yolk is not discolored. And if it's because you're coloring Easter eggs, you don't want to crack them while they're boiling.

I've boiled dozens and dozens of eggs over the years and know the secrets to boiling the perfect egg.

Now I'm sharing those secrets with you.

Step 1: Bring the Eggs to an Even Temperature


Pull the eggs out of the refrigerator and place in a single layer in the bottom of your pan. Pour enough water into the pan to cover the eggs plus about a 1/2". Let sit for ten minutes. If you boil the eggs as soon as you pull them out, they will crack because of the drastic temperature change. By letting them sit for ten minutes, you will prevent them from cracking.

Step 2: Bring the Eggs to a Boil


Turn the burner on high and bring the water to a full boil.

As soon as the water is at a full boil, turn the heat to medium and boil the eggs for fifteen minutes.

Step 3: Instant Cool the Eggs


As your turning off the heat, run cold water into the sink. Without trying to pour the hot water out, place your pan of eggs under the running faucet. If you try to drain the hot water, you are likely to crack eggs. As the pan fills with cold water and cools the eggs and the pan, you will be able to drain it gently without breaking any eggs.


After a couple of rinses, fill the pan half full of cold water and then gently fill the rest of the way with ice cubes. This instant cooling method makes eggs easier to peel and keeps the yolks from discoloring.

How to Peel an Egg

Tap each end of the egg on the counter to crack it. Then lay the egg down, tap it and roll along the counter, causing it too crack in many places. The egg will now easily peel. And when you slice the end, the yolk will be a nice, bright yellow for egg salad or deviled eggs!


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