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How To Cook Eggs in the Shell

Believe it or not, there's an art to cooking eggs in the shell. Find out how to cook them perfectly to your tastes without that gray-green tinge.

Difficulty Level: easy      Time Required: 25 minutes


Here's How:
  1. Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
  2. Cover with at least one inch of water over tops of shells.
  3. Cover pot with lid and bring to a boil.
  4. As soon as it begins to boil, remove from heat and let stand.
  5. Large soft-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 1 to 4 minutes, depending on your tastes.
  6. Large hard-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 15 to 17 minutes.
  7. When cooked to desired level, drain off hot water.
  8. Immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
  9. Soft-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until cool enough to handle. Serve.
  10. Hard-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until completely cooled. Use as needed.
Tips:
  1. Never boil eggs. It makes them rubbery.
  2. Use older eggs. Fresh ones won't peel properly.
  3. To keep eggs from cracking while cooking, pierce large end with a needle, which will also make them easier to peel.

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