Believe it or not, there is an art to cooking eggs (hard-boiled) in the shell. Find out how to cook them perfectly to your tastes without that gray-green tinge. Remember, the term "hard-boiled" eggs is a misnomer as they should not be boiled for any length of time.
Time Required: 25 minutes
- Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
- Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
- Cover pot with lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let stand.
- Large soft-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 1 to 4 minutes, depending on your tastes.
- Large hard-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 15 to 17 minutes.
- When cooked to desired level, drain off hot water.
- Immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
- Soft-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until cool enough to handle. Serve.
- Hard-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until completely cooled. Use as needed.
- Never boil eggs. It makes them rubbery.
- Use older eggs. Fresh ones won't peel properly.
- To keep eggs from cracking while cooking (before placing in water), pierce large end with a needle, which will also make them easier to peel.
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