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    Foolproof Hard-Boiled Eggs

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    22 mins

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    20 mins

    Kimke's Note:

    From America's Test Kitchen. Really works!

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    1. 1
      Place eggs in medium saucepan, cover with 1 inch of water, and bring to a boil over high heat.
    2. 2
      Remove pan from heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, fill medium bowl with 1 quart water and 1 tray ice cubes (or equivalent).
    4. 4
      Transfer eggs to ice bath with slotted spoon and let sit 5 minutes.
    5. 5
      Tap each egg all over against countertop to crack shell, then roll egg gently back and forth several times.
    6. 6
      Begin peeling from air-pocket (wider) end.
    7. 7
      The shell should come off in spiral strips attached to thin membrane.
    8. 8
      Hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated for several days.
    9. 9
      You can double or triple this recipe as long as you use a pot large enough to hold the eggs in a single layer, covered by an inch of water.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 22, 2003


      I don't eat hard-boiled eggs. I don't eat egg salad. I don't eat anything that has ever required me to cook a hard-boiled egg. I don't have kids so I don't color eggs at easter. What I am getting at is I had no clue how to cook these babies. I wound up needed 3 hard-boiled eggs for a recipe dare so I tried your method. It really worked. Thanks for teaching a rookie the easiest way to cook them!

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    • on June 18, 2003


      Yes indeedy! This is the way my Mama showed me how to cook hard boiled eggs,and the way I showed all my kids, who I am pretty certain will in turn show their kids. Fool proof and definitely easy! Great idea, Kimke, to post such a practical and helpful technique.

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    • on June 22, 2003


      My mother wasn't much of a cook so everything I learned was from trial and error. I read in a magazine many moons ago about how this is the way you can cook eggs. It is full proof. No worries about watching the stove or your eggs breaking. It is a fantastic kitchen tool to know.

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    Nutritional Facts for Foolproof Hard-Boiled Eggs

    Serving Size: 1 (150 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 71.5
    Calories from Fat 42
    Total Fat 4.7 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 186.0 mg
    Sodium 71.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 6.2 g

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