Perfect hard-boiled eggs without a timer

10 Jul
A dozen boiled eggs with lion marks visible in...

A dozen boiled eggs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I regularly make hard-boiled eggs because they are so cheap and easy, and a great source of portable protein. Koha loves it when I add them to her lunch box (she won’t even let me peel them as that’s part of her fun), and my husband regularly grabs them for quick snacks.

This is my never fail method, passed down from my mother, for how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time, on any stove, without a timer.

Step one:

Get some eggs, put them in a pot, cover them in cold water, and toss in a pinch of salt. The salt prevents the eggs from cracking while boiling.

Step two:

Put on the stove top and turn the heat on high.

Step three:

Wait for the water to boil.

Step four:

As soon as the water is boiling (as in properly bubbling away furiously, not just starting to simmer a little), take the pot off the element.

Step five:

Go dance, or put a load of laundry in the washing machine, or make a coffee. Basically ignore the pot of eggs.

Step six:

When the water has cooled back down to a temperature you would be comfortable sticking a baby into (ie room temperature or a little bit warmer but not hot), drain the water from the pot.

Step seven:

Run cold water over the eggs. This prevents them from getting blue yolks as it stops the cooking process before it goes too far.

Step eight:

Eat, or put the eggs in the fridge or lunch box. Eggs in the fridge last maybe about 3 or 4 days.



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