The Habitat
Home
How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

If you think cooking hard-boiled eggs merely requires plunking them in boiling water, think again. Believe it or not, there's a science to a perfectly hard-boiled egg. An important aspect to consider is the freshness of the eggs you'll be working with. Deliciously fresh eggs are delectable in frittatas and omelets. Although they can be difficult to peel after being hard-boiled. Keep this in mind before you begin hard-boiling your eggs. Eggs that have been in your refrigerator for a week or so are ideal for hard-boiling. Follow these easy steps, and you'll be enjoying a protein-rich snack in minutes.

01

How to Spot a Perfectly Hard-Boiled Egg?

How to Spot a Perfectly Hard-Boiled Egg?

Eggs are fantastic sources of protein, and hard-boiled eggs can be a delicious and quick meal. It's important to understand the characteristics of a perfectly hard-cooked egg before embarking upon the procedure. Hard-boiled eggs should be nice and firm, but the outer, white part of the egg shouldn't be rubbery. The deliciousness of the egg is dependent upon its texture. Ever had breakfast and picked up a hard-boiled egg, only to discover the egg white was rubbery and the yolk encircled in a weird, green shade? This green circle around the yolk is due to a chemical reaction when the egg is exposed to high heat for an extended amount of time.

02

How to Cook a Hard-Boiled Egg

How to Cook a Hard-Boiled Egg

To achieve optimum results make sure you're using eggs that have been in the refrigerator for a week or so. Fresh eggs are difficult to peel after they've been hard-boiled. Here's the Equipment You'll Need:

  • Kitchen Stove Cooker or Hot Plate
  • Medium Saucepan with a Tightly Fitted Lid
  • Egg Timer
  • Slotted Spoon or Tongs
  • Bowl

Ingredients for Perfectly Hard-Boiled Eggs:

  • 6 Large Eggs (that have been refrigerated)
  • 4-6 Cups of Cool Water
  • 2-4 Cups of Ice Cubes

After you've gathered all your ingredients, you'll need to decide how hard you want your eggs cooked. The next section will give you a guideline to help you prepare your eggs just the way you love them!

03

Hard-Boiled Egg Spectrum

Hard-Boiled Egg Spectrum

This chart will help you determine how long to cook your hard-boiled eggs. Use the table to find how to cook your eggs perfectly, so they suit your palate whether you prefer soft, creamy eggs or firm boiled eggs with a little Paprika on top.

  • Soft-Boiled Eggs with Velvety Yolks: Four Minutes.
  • Lightly Boiled Eggs with Soft Yolks: Five Minutes.
  • Firm Egg Whites with Custard like Yolks: Six Minutes.
  • Stiff Egg Whites with Creamy Yolks: Seven Minutes.
  • Firm Egg Whites with Lush, Solid Yolks: Eight Minutes.
  • Very Hard Egg Whites with Set, Firm Yolks: Nine Minutes.
04

The Procedure for the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

The Procedure for the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Once you've gathered all your tools and ingredients, it's time to begin cooking your eggs. There are a few ways to hard-cook eggs, but let's focus on the boiling method before discussing the other options. Carefully, place eight large eggs in the saucepan. It is important to put the eggs in the pan first before adding the water. Eggs are fragile, and it's really easy to crack them if you put them in after you add the water.

Put the pan on a burner on high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Once the eggs have reached a boil, remove the pan from the heat source and cover with a lid. This method prevents the egg yolks from turning green but requires the eggs to remain in hot water for 14-17 minutes. Small eggs will take 14 minutes, and large eggs will need 17 minutes to reach a firm consistency. Slightly crack each egg before using the tongs or slotted spoon to place the eggs in the ice water. Let them sit for an hour before peeling. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

05

17 Minutes is a Long Time to Wait!

how long to boil eggs

If you're in a rush, or really hungry follow these steps for a quick meal. Place the eggs in the saucepan. Pour about an inch of cool water over the eggs. Place the lid on the pan and bring the eggs to a rolling boil. When the eggs begin to boil use the chart to determine how you prefer your eggs. Then set the timer for the corresponding length of time. Place the eggs in ice water for five to ten minutes and then peel the eggs under running water.

06

Nutritional Facts for a Large, Hard-Boiled Egg

Nutritional Facts for a Large, Hard-Boiled Egg

Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein and are a perfect breakfast for someone who is trying to lose weight. Meals high in protein help keep you feeling full longer than other nutrition sources. Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 78
  • Total Fat: 5 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 2 grams
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2 grams
  • Trans Fats: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 212 milligrams
  • Sodium: 62 milligrams
  • Potassium 63 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 grams
  • Sugars: 1 gram
  • Protein: 6 grams
  • Vitamin A: 6%
  • Vitamin C: 0%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron: 3%

All of these nutritional values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

07

Oven Cooked Eggs

Oven Cooked Eggs

There are times when you simply don't have enough room on your stove-top cooker to get everything prepared and ready on time. If you're making a big holiday meal and find yourself short of a burner to hard-boil eggs take to the oven to prepare your hard-cooked eggs.

Here's how to hard-cook eggs in the oven. You'll need a muffin tin and absolutely, zero water. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, if your oven runs hot reduce the heat to 300-325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the eggs for 30 minutes. Don't worry if your eggs have brown spots. These spots are harmless, and the eggs are completely edible. Place the cooked eggs in a bowl with ice and water and let them sit for 10 minutes before peeling them.

08

Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs

Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs

For those people who are lucky enough to raise chickens and have access to fresh eggs, this cooking option is best for you. Hard-boiling fresh eggs can result in a lot of waste due to the difficulty in peeling the eggs. However, a pressure cooker is the chicken farmer's best friend when it comes to a hard-cooked egg. The pressure cooker won't save you a whole lot of time, but it will make the eggs much easier to peel. You'll need a pressure cooker, two cups of cool water, eight, large eggs, and four cups of ice water. Place the eggs in the pressure cooker first, then add the two cups of cool water. Allow the eggs to cook on low pressure for six minutes. Afterward, let the eggs cool for five minutes. Place the eggs in ice water for 10 minutes and then peel under cool, running water.

09

Nutritious and Affordable

Nutritious and Affordable

Hard-cooked eggs are an easy way to ensure you and your family have access to nutritious, simple meals and snacks. Hard-boiled eggs are versatile and add a creamy element to dressings, sandwiches, and salads. Your perfectly hard-cooked egg will stay edible for up to a week in the refrigerator.

10

How to Store Hard-Boiled Eggs

How to Store Hard-Boiled Eggs

If you've already peeled your hard-boiled eggs, don't worry! Simply wrap the eggs in a damp paper towel and place them in a plastic sandwich bag. Or put the peeled eggs in a bowl with enough water to cover them. Peeled, hard-boiled eggs will keep for about a week wrapped in damp paper towels. If you put your peeled eggs in a container and cover them with water, they will last about a week as well. You'll need to change the water every day to ensure the freshness of your delicious snack. Happy Munching!

Share

Make a habit out of it.

Get daily tips and tricks for living your best life.