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Cooking with Eggs Lesson One: Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs

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A hard cooked egg has both a firm white and yolk. If boiled or cooked too long, the protein toughens or becomes rubbery and a greenish or purplish ring forms around the yolk. Refrigeration is necessary for hard cooked eggs if they are not going to be consumed within a few hours.


Large eggs, room temperature (as many as you like)
(An egg that is not room temperature at the start of cooking time will require about one minute more cooking time.)


For perfect cooking, start with eggs that don’t have any visible cracks.

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1. Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer with out crowding. (Crowding the eggs risks cracking them.)

2. Cover eggs with cool water, they should have one and a half inches of water above them. Add small handful of kosher salt.

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3. Over medium heat bring water to a rapid boil. As soon as a rapid boil is reached, remove from heat, cover with a tight fitting lid and let sit 17 minutes. (For medium eggs let sit 12 minutes, for extra large eggs let sit 19 minutes.)

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4. Pour off hot water and shake pan gently so eggs bump one another and /or sides of pan (to crack shells).

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5. Run cold water over eggs to stop cooking. Let eggs stand in cold water 15 minutes, adding more water to keep cold.

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6. Shells should easily peel right off.

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Note: Hard cooked eggs in their shell can be refrigerated for up to one week. To peel your cold hard cooked egg run hot tap water to expand the shell. The shell will often crack itself from heat expansion. Whether it cracks or not, briefly chill the shell under running cold water to permit handling and easy peeling.

Try some of our great recipes from our classes.

Easy Egg Salad
Israeli Salad
Caper Dijon Deviled Eggs
Paprika Deviled Eggs
Tuna Bagel Nicoise

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