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How to make it

  • Water should cover the eggs by 1 inch, so use a tall pan, and limit cooking to 2 dozen eggs at a time.
  • Lay the eggs in the pan and add the amount of cold water specified.
  • Set over high heat and bring just to the boil; remove from heat, cover the pan, and let sit exactly 17 minutes.
  • When the time is up, transfer the eggs to the bowl of ice cubes and water. Chill for 2 minutes while bringing the cooking water to the boil again. (This 2 minute chilling shrinks the body of the egg from the shell.)
  • Transfer the eggs (6 at a time only) to the boiling water, bring to the boil again, and let boil for 10 seconds. (This expands the shell from the egg). Remove eggs, and place back into the ice water. Chilling the eggs promptly after each step prevents that dark line from forming, and if time allows, leave the eggs in the ice water after the last step for 15 to 20 minutes. Chilled eggs are easier to peel, as well.
  • The peeled eggs will keep perfectly in the refrigerator, submerged in water in an uncovered container, for 2 to 3 days.
  • The perfect hard boiled egg has a tender white, and a yolk properly set. There is not the faintest darkening of yolk where the white encircles it (a chemical reaction caused by too much heat in the cooking process). Eggs cooked this way can also be peeled neatly.

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  • elgourmand 2 years ago
    Just once, for the hell of it and then back to something less involved. Fun post. RJ
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  • castaneda4 4 years ago
    followed this recipe to a t... from measuring the water to using a timer....got beautiful yellow yolks n yummy, but the shells still stuck.
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  • sday5 4 years ago
    Another tip that works well is to add a little bit of oil to your water before you boil your eggs. I follow the method you have posted expect I do not do the second boiling. This works very well.
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    Just made 2 dozen eggs this way and it was a joy to do. I am making deviled eggs and the little extra time this method takes is made up for when I consider my time trying to peel the shell off.
    Thanks for a great recipe. Tried and true. ^5
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  • gourmetloveaffair 6 years ago
    how frick'n awesome... I hate hate hate peeling eggs... can never get them good enough to peel nicely and always end up with pitted egg whites (my nails dig too far in I guess when I can't get the shell off) This is fabulous. I'm going to go try it right now for breakfast!
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  • aeiouys 6 years ago
    Wow, that's quite the process for a hard boiled egg. I've always just transfered the boiled eggs to a pot of cold water and left them to cool.
    Never a problem with egg sticking to the shell.
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  • linebb956 6 years ago
    OK.... I tried again... this way. could it be our water? It is well water.. and hard. I don't know. I will try again taking the eggs out of frig and letting rise to room temp. That might be it..
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  • pointsevenout 6 years ago
    When peeling the egg: Tap to break the ends then roll the egg between your hands or hand and counter to break up the shell. Then run a spoon between the egg and shell under cold running water.
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  • linebb956 6 years ago
    I used to do them this way... the shells still stuck.. then I saw that article on AOL... I tried just 2 and it worked... but ... I did find the perfect answer! They have them boiled and peeled... packs of 10 at the grocery store! Ta Da! LOL!Nothing tics me off more than to fix a dozen eggs and cannot get the shell off! I have tried old... fresh... right out of the chicken fresh! The perfect egg to me is one ...I don't do!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    julesong ate it and said...
    Thanks so much for tracking down Julia's perfect method! :)
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  • linebb956 6 years ago
    Good post... I just read this on AOL today... I have yet to try it. But I always thought U were to start with cold water to keep the shells from cracking... So I have to try it! They also said to poke a small hole to keep the egg from cracking... U say the boiling water works..... go to the tips and advice and post the info too!
    Linda
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  • thegoldminer 6 years ago
    Hi, the point to laying eggs horizontal is so the yolk pocket is in the center of the white for assembling deviled eggs. Best as always, JJ.
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  • pointsevenout 6 years ago
    Read a comment somewere that said if you lay the eggs horizontal in the fridge overnight, it will center the yolk in the white.
    That has never been important to me so I have never tried it. But it might be aesthetically pleasing in some dishes.
    Someone try it and get back to me, please.
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  • mrspotatohead 6 years ago
    Will have to try this method - maybe now my Eggs Goldenrod will be golden instead of greenish! Thanks for sharing this!
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  • pink 6 years ago
    Love hard-boiled eggs! Thank you for this simple recipe!
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  • pointsevenout 6 years ago
    I tried 2 eggs with this method. The whites were not rubbery and the yolks were a monocolor yellow.
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