Cooking hard-boiled eggs is one of those kitchen basics that I’ve had the hardest time mastering. After extensive recipe testing, I’ve come to the conclusion that cooking the perfect hard-boiled egg is no simple task. As a matter of fact, there are way too many recipes on the Internet right now that make this task seem easier than it actually is. So today, I’m sharing a detailed process for preparing Foolproof Hard-Boiled Eggs. This process has made the act of boiling eggs 100 times more enjoyable for me, and I hope it does the same for you.
Before we get to all of that, let’s review some of the challenges associated with cooking a hard-boiled egg:
- It’s a proven fact that the moment you turn your back on a pot of hard-boiled eggs to-be, is the exact moment that the water will start boiling. So when you return from that quick trip to the bathroom or that short email break, you cry out, “Oh shit, the water is boiling.” And then you start to wonder, “How long has it been boiling? Just a minute? Two minutes? Should I turn the heat off now?” At that point, your timing is completely ruined, and all you can do is hope for the best.
- Let’s face it. Peeling hard-boiled eggs might be one of the worst kitchen tasks EVER. It’s up there with skimming fat off soup, and straining anything through a coffee filter. You stand at your kitchen sink for 5 minutes with the water running, carefully peeling the shell away from the egg. You peel a little, but then a chunk of the egg white comes off. You peel a little more, hoping that no egg will come off, but then more white breaks away. You repeat this process until your egg looks like it suffered a shotgun wound at nearly point blank. Then you look beside the sink to see you still have 11 more eggs to go. Womp womp.
- So finally you get to the point where you can eat one of your hard-boiled eggs, and you cut it open to find a powdery, grayish-yellow egg yolk. AND it smells like sulfur. YUM!
These challenges have kept me from cooking hard-boiled eggs over the years, only making an exception for the occasional deviled egg. But last year, I tackled these challenges with vigor, eventually leading to the process outlined below. Continue reading for more details.