Tip: Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

published Apr 8, 2008
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Don’t you just hate when this happens? You’re hard-boiling eggs to make deviled eggs, and when you peel them, you discover the yolks have clung to one side of the egg, leaving holes. Or, you peel the egg, and bits of the white come off. How do you keep this from happening? We’ll tell you!

First of all, before you even cook the eggs, if you store the eggs tip-point down, this will center the yolk.

Now, when you cook them, cook them slowly! Place them in a pot of cold water and bring that to a boil, and once it reaches a rolling boil, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. Halfway through the cooking time (7 minutes) roll the eggs over. This will help center the yolks.

When you’re done cooking them, remove them to a bowl of ice water. This helps separate the egg membrane and the shells, making them easier to peel.