Learning how to boil an egg sounds like a simple task. After all, isn’t it just, heat, boil, and eat? Believe it or not, the perfect hard-boiled eggs are not such an easy task. It takes a few tricks and tips, not to mention some killer time management skills to learn how to boil eggs.
The first step in making the perfect hard-boiled egg begins with the simple task of identifying what a bad egg looks like. Have you ever smelled a super strong egg? The pungent smell often occurs after you boil an egg, and it is something we accept as normal. We are here to tell you that your perfect hard-boiled egg should not be stinky. They also have to be peel-able, for what good is a hard-boiled egg without being able to remove the shell? They also should be popping out of a cracked shell or have loose yolk. To avoid messy, sulfurous smelling eggs, here are a few tips for making a perfect hard-boiled egg:
Use Old Eggs
Fresher is not always better. Use eggs that are a few days old because they are far easier to peel when it comes time to use them.
Poke a Hole
If you’re really worried about peeling the eggs, poking a small pinhole in the egg before boiling will help the egg separate further from its shell.
Yes, you want to boil your eggs, but you do not want them overcooked. Start with cold water so the eggs do not cook faster — plopping your eggs in already boiling water will start them at too high a temperature.
Remove the Heat
We know they are called hard-boiled eggs but that doesn’t mean you should let them boil for long! When the water starts to boil, remove them from the heat and then give them a nice ice bath to stop the cooking.
Allow them to cool completely and boom! You have the perfect hard-boiled egg!
To help you get your boiled eggs perfect every time, we have three easy recipes and methods for you to get them just right. No matter what your skill level is in the kitchen, these recipes are all perfect for anyone looking to hard-boil eggs!
On the Stove
You definitely don't want to miss this recipe. For the perfect hard-boiled egg, all you need is a little know-how and about 20 minutes of time!
In the Microwave
Don't have time to hard-boil your egg on the stove? Nuke your eggs to hard-boiled perfection!
In the Oven
If you don't feel like waiting for a pot to boil, turn on your oven to hard-boil your eggs! While you may get a few brown spots on the shells, they will be baked to perfection on the inside.