How I Boil Eggs

You’ve heard the phrase: “He/She/I can’t even boil an egg.” Not usually the most complimentary statement… :)

Hate to admit it, but right after we got married, I found out I couldn’t boil an egg. I could cook plenty of yummy meals and make homemade bread, killer cookies, and delicious muffins, but I couldn’t boil an egg. I tried searching online, and after trying several different methods and turning out soft whites and runny yolks or else rubber bouncy balls, I did what I should have done first. I called my mom.

Here’s my mom’s method, and I don’t remember seeing it anywhere else online. (Although it’s probably out there somewhere. :) ) So if you’re in my boat and you can’t even boil an egg, try this. It may or may not work for you :)

Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Fill a pot with enough water that the eggs will be covered by 1-2 inches. (I always use the same pot. I think it helps with consistency.)
  • Put in desired number of eggs.
  • Cover, and bring water to a boil. My mom described this as “I can hear the eggs banging around in there a little.”
  • Let them “bang around” for a little bit–maybe 30 seconds? This is NOT crucial to the final result. Just let the water boil for a smidge.
  • Turn the pan down to simmer (about the same temperature you’d cook a pot of rice or pasta at) and set the timer for 11 minutes.
  • Drain the eggs and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Peel and enjoy!

Tip for peeling eggs: use eggs that are around a week old and most of them will peel just fine. As the eggs age, the air gap under the shell gets bigger and makes for easier peeling.

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