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How to Boil Perfect Eggs

You might not think that something as mundane as how to boil perfect eggs would be a topic up for debate, but evidently, it is. There seem to be two primary schools of thought on how to boil perfect eggs: Put them in the pot first then boil, or boil first then put the eggs in. Here is method one:

1. Get a saucepan that is at least twice as tall as your eggs and place your eggs gently in the pot.

2. Put cold tap water into the pot enough to cover all the eggs. This method will help prevent your eggs from cracking.

3. Place the pot, uncovered, on a burner on either an electric or gas stove (doesn’t matter which), and turn the heat up to high.

4. Once the water starts to boil, you can proceed one of two ways:

Let the eggs boil for three minutes, then remove from heat and cover, letting sit (covered) for another eight to ten minutes.

Or ...

Let the eggs boil for twelve minutes.

5. Remove the pot from the heat and place it in the sink, running cold water into it for two to three minutes. Add ice to help chill the eggs faster, if you intend to peel them right away; if not, pat them dry with a paper towel and refrigerate until ready to decorate, eat, or use in other cooking preparations.

In any case, chilling the boiled eggs quickly will help prevent that harmless greenish cast the yolks sometimes tend to take on.

The second popular method for how to boil perfect eggs is not dissimilar from the first, except that you wait for the water to come to a rolling boil before putting the eggs in.

One thing to know about how to boil perfect eggs is to not use fresh/recent eggs, but rather, use eggs that are a week or two old before boiling. This makes them easier to peel.

Another secret of how to boil perfect eggs is to make sure they actually do boil. If you simply cook them over low heat for a long period of time, rather than getting them up to a good rolling boil, they will also be much harder to peel.

Now that you know how to boil perfect eggs, what to do with them? Decorate them for Easter, peel and eat them, or make one of these ten easy egg salad recipes or five egg salad recipes just in time for summer picnics.

Originally published on RecipeLion