How To Make Fool Proof Hard Boiled Eggs

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Eggs are one of our family’s favorite foods. They are inexpensive, rich in protein and can be served in so many ways. Back when I was growing up, eggs got a high fat, high cholesterol bad rap. I’m so glad that times have changed!

With a family of our size, it is challenging to find inexpensive, healthy snacks for the kids  that won’t tie me to the kitchen all day long. Thankfully, hard boiled eggs are a favorite of my crew…and they can be made by the dozen! Perfect!

I’m a good cook, but I’m a scatterbrained one. I’ve been guilty of overcooking my hard boiled eggs (that is what turns the yolk green…kids won’t eat that) and I’ve undercooked them. (Kids don’t like a runny yolk surprise). I’ve even been known to forget that they are boiling away and boiled my egg pan dry! Yikes!

I’ve adapted this technique that I picked up years ago from when I had time to watch the Martha Stewart show.

hard boiled eggs Fool Proof Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Begin with one dozen raw eggs (older eggs tend to peel easier)
  • Place gently in a 2 quart saucepan and cover with water.
  • Add 2 T of white vinegar (it helps the eggs peel easier and reduces cracking)
  • Bring to a full boil.
  • As soon as the eggs boil immediately remove from the burner, cover and set timer for 15 minutes.
  • As soon as the timer goes off, take the pan to the sink and fill with cold water.Allow the eggs to cool in the cold water until they are cold.

Martha swore by 12 minutes, but my yolks never got quite cooked. and a few times I did this and had to leave the house during the 15 minute stand time. The eggs do fine, but the yolks do darken.


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About the author : Dakotapam

I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including toddler twin girls. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!

4 comments to “How To Make Fool Proof Hard Boiled Eggs”

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  1. Carol - March 4, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the tips. I make boiled eggs pretty often as part of a quick breakfast. I had no idea about the vinegar.

    • Dakotapam - March 4, 2013 Reply

      I’m glad I could help! The vinegar really does seem to help with the peeling! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Kathy S - March 4, 2013 Reply

    I will have to try this. I have never used vinegar before, but love boiled eggs! I will probably try the 12 minute Martha method, though, as I prefer softer boiled yolks :). Thanks for the tips!

    • Dakotapam - March 4, 2013 Reply

      You are welcome, Kathy! I like softer yolks too, but I’m sort of outnumbered!

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