If you love eggs, a hard boiled eggs is your easiest go-to egg option. However, many shy away from this as it is difficult to get right. The right amount of water, right amount of heat and the right time to drop the eggs in the water is all a little daunting for many. One can easily overcook it leading to a dark green colour around the yolk which is not appealing to the palate at all. However, with this step by step recipe on how to hard boil an egg, you will have the perfect hard boiled eggs every time!
Ingredients for Hard Boiled Eggs
- Eggs -2 or more as required (large)
- Water so that eggs will fully dipped in water (as needed)
- Salt – 1/4 tsp for 2 eggs
- White Vinegar – 1 tsp (optional)
Directions to Hard Boiled Eggs
To hard boil an egg, you will require a large, heavy bottomed sauce pan with a lid.
1.) Make sure the eggs are at room temperature before you boiled them.
2.) Place the eggs in your sauce pan in one layer (They should not be sitting on top of each other, so as to maintain the cooking temperature and time and to avoid the risk of cracking them) and cover them with at least 2 inches of cold water. Placing the eggs in cold water and gradually increasing the temperature will prevent them for cracking and spilling out.
3.) If you are adding the salt or the vinegar, now would be the time to add it. (Many recipes call for vinegar or salt to be added to the boiling water while cooking the egg, this is optional and you can choose to either add it or avoid it completely, either ways, the taste will not be affected.) This is just that after boiled upper shell remove easily.
4.) Let the water gradually rise to a full boil, uncovered for about 12 minutes. This is the question, people always ask that how long to hard boiled eggs?
5.) Once you see the big bubbles, remove from the heat.
6.) Remove the eggs from the water using a slotted spoon and gently place them in a bowl of cold water, this will help in stopping the cooking process and making it easier to peel the eggs.
7.) Gently crack the peel by tapping it over a kitchen counter top, roll it in between your hands and peel off the shell gently, this step should be done while egg is still a little warm. You can also do this by holding the egg under running water to gently ease the peel off the egg.
8.) Fresher eggs are difficult to peel once they are hard boiled. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy the eggs in advance and refrigerate for 5 to 7 days.
9.) Once the eggs have been hard boiled, their storage life increases, and they can be safely refrigerated for about a week.
10.)Once you have mastered how to hard boil an egg, it will be much easier for you to even soft boil an egg, simply reduce the cooking time by half and add the egg to boiling water instead of starting in cold water.
These are the way to make hard boiled eggs easily.