How to make hard boiled eggs


  Every Easter my mother is the one boiling the eggs. But do you want to know why? Because she simply doesn't trust me doing it. And she's right. When I boil eggs for myself, I let them boil for "about" 5 minutes; give or take. It all depends on my mood, my time, me paying attention to the clock. But mom always manages to make them just perfect. So here are her tips on how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs. 

   First, you have to find the perfect saucepan, according to the number of eggs you want to boil. This means that the eggs you want to boil will fit in a single layer on the bottom of the saucepan.
   Secondly, put the eggs in the saucepan and cover them with cold water. The water should cover the egg layer by about 2-3cm (1 inch). Add some salt to the water (1/2 teaspoon); this will help you peel off the shells easier.
   Then put the saucepan with the eggs inside on the stove, at medium temperature. When the water starts to boil, you can turn down the heat at the lowest and start counting the minutes until the eggs are boiled as you want them to be. At this point, don't forget to cover the pan with a lit. 
   When the eggs are done, put the pan under cold running water. This will stop the boiling process and also the eggs will cool faster.

   Regarding the time you need to make boiled eggs, it depends on the size of the eggs and how boiled you want them to be. Here is my guidance for medium sized eggs:

  • softly cooked yolk - 4 minutes
  • medium cooked yolk - 6 minutes
  • hard cooked yolk - 10 minutes.

This is how a softly cooked yolk should be.

This is how a hard boiled egg should be.

   I have to admit that after making these pictures, I just had to eat the yolks. I don't like to eat the egg whites, but the yolks were so so good!
    And now that we have our perfect hard boiled eggs, let's see the easy way to peel them. Tap the egg gently on the countertop, and then roll the egg between your hands (this is to loosen a little the shell). And then start peeling at the large end of the egg.

   If you notice that the yolk turned green, it's not entirely a big problem. It just means that the egg is overcooked. It's still edible, but it doesn't taste as incredible as it should.

   For how long can you store a boiled egg? Soft cooked eggs and medium cooked eggs should be served the same day they were boiled. Hard boiled eggs can be refrigerated up to one week. They should be kept in their carton so they won't absorb other odors.

   With these easy tips, I am sure you will make the perfect hard boiled egg, just like my mother does. Do you have some any other tips? Let me know in the comments below. And don't forget to share/pin!




  1. I love eggs & thanks for the tip! It's really useful :D

  2. The perfect hard boiled egg is an art! We love to enjoy a nice hard boiled egg as a snack - tons of protein without the grease!

  3. Where were you when I first go married? LOL. It took several years to master the art of boiling an egg. I'm usually asked to make deviled eggs and I would cry when I would mess up a batch of eggs. I'm now getting the hang of it and they're coming out just fine. You can also use baking soda while boiling. It hardens the shell away from the egg.

    1. I did not know about the baking soda. Thanks for the tip. I will try it out!

  4. I struggle with getting eggs perfectly hard boiled myself. I will follow your Mom's tips this year when making them for my littles to color for Easter. Fingers crossed I do a good job!

  5. My mom has been making hard boiled eggs for as long as I can remember. This one looks good

  6. This is really great advice! Hard boiled eggs can be hard to get just right.

  7. I love being able to make cakes right at home and love anything that is an easy process. I mean, who has the time to spend hours in the kitchen, right?!

  8. I feel silly saying that I didn't know this at 34 years old, and that I totally wrote down hard boiled egg cooking times in my planner! Thanks for sharing, I will be giving my mother hell later for not teaching me this lol!

  9. We got tired of "green" eggs because I always forgot to time them so we got one of those little cookers that does them. I just put a hole in each one, little bit of water in the bottom of it, and press the power button.

  10. We love boiled eggs but sometimes I get the timings wrong. This is such a perfect little guide for me to try now x

  11. Seems so easy but it has been the most difficult thing for me to do. I could never boil the egg perfectly. Either it remains too runny or too hard. :D


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