eggsY'all ready for this? If the number of searches today for "hard boiled eggs" is any indication, y'all are more than ready for this: I am going to tell you -- no joke -- the hands-down BEST way to make hard boiled eggs. The only way, in fact. Assuming you want to actually consume said hard boiled eggs after they're all decked out in pastel dye and glitter and a crayon wax engraving.

Yes, this is your lucky day-before-Easter, because the secret to perfect hard boiled eggs will soon be yours! How do I know this particular method of preparation results in PERFECT hard boiled eggs?

Because -- duh -- it's Martha Stewart's method for making hard boiled eggs. And we all know Martha doesn't mess around.

Okay, so first thing you have to do is go out to the free-range chicken coop in the backyard -- you know, the one you built by hand?

AHAHAHAHA! No, I'm kidding. Maybe that's what Martha would do, but we can fudge the specifics a little bit.

THE PERFECT HARD BOILED EGGS

Ingredients

12 large eggs, room temperature

Directions

    1.    Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Slowly bring water to a boil over medium heat; when the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 12 minutes.
    2.    Transfer eggs to a colander; place under cool running water to stop the cooking. Eggs can be peeled and served immediately.

There! Y'all were ready for that, right? Once you make hard boiled eggs this way, you'll wonder why anybody ever tried anything else.

Do you have a secret for making perfect hard boiled eggs?


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