How To Boil an Egg

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Perfectly hard-cooked eggs on the left. Telltale green ring resulting from overcooking on the right.

According to the American Egg Board (and who would know better, right?) boiled eggs should be called “hard cooked eggs” because boiling makes them tough, rubbery and can make the yolks turn green.

For me, boiling eggs meant boiling them ’til the water had nearly evaporated. If I was really off my game, the sound of eggshells cracking in a dry pot would be my not so subtle signal that it might be time to turn off the heat.

So, what’s the right way to boil…err, hard cook an egg?

First, place the eggs in a pot in a single layer. Add enough water to cover the eggs by about an inch, and then bring the water to a boil. Cover the pot, take it off the burner and let it sit for 15 minutes. Run the eggs under cold water. Crack, peel and you’re in business with perfectly ‘hard cooked’ eggs.

 

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