How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs

(Last Updated On: January 23, 2023)

A simple tutorial on how to make perfect hard boiled eggs every single time. Check out my tips and tricks for the best egg possible!

Hard boiling eggs is the basis for many dishes. Whether coloring Easter eggs, making deviled eggs or bulking up on protein by eating egg whites. Here’s how to make them.

Whether it is to make a wonderful egg salad sandwich, deviled eggs or even to color eggs around easter time, making hard boiled eggs takes only a few short minutes. Though the process is pretty quick there are some tricks to the trade that will allow for the best hard boiled eggs possible. Here is a look at how to hard boil eggs for salad, appetizers or coloring!

Use Eggs That Are Older

This might seem to go against conventional wisdom as many people love the taste of farm fresh eggs. However when it comes to hard boiling eggs, an egg which is slightly older will be easier to peel once it has been boiled. Obviously check the expiration date to make sure that the eggs haven’t turned, but hard boiling eggs closer to that date will make them easier to work with once they are done.

Consider Adding a Little Vinegar to the Water

When it comes to boiling a batch of eggs, there are inevitably one or two that might crack. By placing a little vinegar in the water it will stop those cracked eggs from running all over the place. It should be noted that if an egg does crack, that particular egg might have a certain “vinegary” taste to it. This taste may bother guests, though it should be mild.

Always Start with Cold Water

This may seem to go against conventional wisdom as it would seem if the water needs to reach a boiling temperature, then why not just start with it hot? However, placing the eggs in cold water is closest to the temperature that they are kept in the fridge. This will give them a lower probability of cracking as they are brought to a boil.

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Now that the tips are out of the way, here is a sure fire way to hard boil eggs the next a recipe, or the Easter Bunny is requesting a few eggs.

Things You’ll Need

 Pot for boiling
 Vinegar (optional)

Steps for Hard Boiling Eggs

  1. Place the eggs in the pot for boiling in a single layer.
  2. Cover the eggs with a couple inches of cold water over them.
  3. Add a healthy tablespoon of salt to the water.
  4. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. Removing the pan from the heat source as soon as the water starts to boil
  6. Reduce the burner back to low and place the pot back on the burner.
  7. Allow the eggs to simmer for one minute.
  8. Remove the eggs from the burner and allow them to sit for 10 minutes.

Couple More Egg Tips

If working with the eggs right away, run them under cold water to bring them back to a workable temperature. And if preparing a large amount of eggs, consider using multiple burners on the stove so that several batches may be prepared at once.