Easter: How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Kim Conte
Food & Party




It seems like everyone has a different method for hard-boiling eggs. But what's the best way to ensure the yolks come out yellow (not green!) and the shells don't crack during the process?

This was a topic discussed yesterday in the Recipe Swap! group. CafeMom teeshie recommended the following method for perfect eggs, which is actually the method that has always worked for me. Is this how you do it?



1. Place eggs in pot covered with cold water (starting with cold water supposedly helps to keep the eggs from cracking).

2. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and cover for 15 minutes.

4. Drain and cool.

Here are some more tips on how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs that I gleaned from Simply Recipes:

  • Be sure to use eggs that are at least five days old; fresh eggs are very difficult to peel.
  • If you are making deviled eggs and want a perfectly centered yolk, put eggs on their side in the refrigerator 24 hours before boiling.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to water to keep the egg whites from running out of the egg in case it cracks during the boiling process.
  • Adding half a teaspoon of salt to the water makes the eggs easier to peel.
  • Once eggs have finished boiling, transferring them immediately to an ice bath helps to keep the yolks from turning green (Thanks, Andrea337!).


Now that you have perfect hard-boiled eggs, it's time to dye them. Check out Cafe Sheri's post on how to naturally dye Easter Eggs in Home and Garden Buzz.


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