Are you looking for tips and methods for peeling boiled eggs?
For starters, the term “hard-boiled eggs” is incorrect, because eggs should be simmered rather than boiled. Simmering eggs is key for a soft, medium, or hard cooked egg according to these methods:
- Eggs should be brought out to room temperature an hour before cooking, because cold eggs are more likely to crack when placed in boiling water.
- Place eggs in boiling water and return the water to a simmer.
- Simmer (do not boil) for the required time:
Soft cooked 3 to 4 minutes
Medium-cooked 5 to 7 minutes
Hard-cooked 12 to 13 minutes
*Exact cooking time depends on temperature of eggs, size of eggs, and amount of water used.
- Drain immediately and cool under cold running water.
- To peel, crack the shell (where the air sac is located).
- For easier peeling, peel while still warm and hold under running water to help loosen shell. Very fresh eggs are hard to peel.
- Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water and bring water to boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for the required time:
Soft-cooked 1 minute
Medium- cooked 3 to minutes
Hard-cooked 8 to 9 minutes
3. Drain immediately and shock eggs into ice water.