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Adulting 101: Hard-boiling eggs

Hard boiled eggs are one of the easiest things you can make for yourself, but many people have no idea how to make them.  I did my research and tried to find the best methods.  I narrowed it down to two that are sure to make you a hard-boiled egg expert.

Method 1

The first method is the more traditional one.  This is a tried and true method, and the one I used for years.  Many cooking blogs and websites from foodies such as Martha Stewart give this as the “best” way to make a hard-boiled egg.  You will need:

  • Eggs
  • Water
  • A saucepan with lid

Directions

1. To begin, fill the saucepan with cold water and add eggs.  Bring to a boil over high heat.

2. As soon as it comes to a boil, turn off heat, or move to a cold burner, and place the lid on the pan.

3. Set a timer for 8 minutes.

4. After 8 minutes, immediately move the pan to a sink and carefully drain off the water.

5. Add some ice to the pan, and fill with cold water.  Let them sit for a few minutes until the eggs are cool enough to handle.

6. To eat, tap the egg on the counter top to crack shell, then carefully peel it off.  If any shell sticks to the egg, just rinse it off under cool water.

Enjoy your snack!

Method 2

The second method I found was completely new to me, but has quickly become my favorite.  I discovered it on the Cooks Illustrated Magazine Instagram feed, and is from Andrew Janjigian, a senior editor at that publication.  You will need:

  • Eggs
  • Water
  • A saucepan with lid

Directions

1. First, fill pan with only about ½” of water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.

2. When the water boils, carefully lower eggs into pan.  I like to use a pair of tongs, or a large serving spoon to lower them in.

3. Place lid on pan, cook for 8 minutes for slightly soft yolks.  If you prefer a soft boiled egg, cook for 6 ½ minutes, and for fully hard cooked eggs, cook for 13 minutes.

4. After it’s cooked the proper time for your preferred doneness, drain as before, adding some ice to the pan and filling with cold water.  Allow to sit until eggs are cool enough to handle, then carefully peel, and enjoy!

Whichever method you choose, you’ll have an easy snack “recipe” you can rely on!

Check out the video below to watch these methods for hard-boiling eggs: