Hard-Boiled Eggs

"This technique works great. From Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything."
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  • Use a pin or needle to poke a hole in the broad end of each egg. Place each egg on a spoon or ladle and lower into a small saucepan of gently boiling water (enough water to cover eggs).
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. I think 12 minutes is perfect.
  • To remove shell, plunge into cold running water for 1 minute.
  • Remove the peel gently.

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  1. I will be 57 soon and this is the very first time I made hard-boiled eggs without tearing most of them up! I also cooked them for 12 minutes and peeling them under cold water made them come off almost in one long piece. Now if someone could just teach me how to make a good devil egg! Thanks for sharing!!
  2. this recipe should be named "wonderful & perfect eggs" I have always wondered what the trick was to making great boiled eggs,thanks for teaching an old cook (well medium old anyway he he) a new trick
  3. worked perfectly! i only cooked them for 12 minutes and i think they could have used a few more but other than that, fabulous :)
  4. This is how the great chef Jacques Pepin boils eggs (he uses a push pin to pierce the large end). After putting the eggs into the boiling water, barely bring the water back up to a gentle boil and cook for 9 more minutes. Rattle eggs to crack shells and plunge into ice cubes and water to halt the cooking process. Jacques says that he judges a restaurant on the absence of green tinge or sulfur smell, and tenderness of their boiled egg whites.
  5. WA-HOOO !! Had to wait til my GOLDEN years to find this method !! Just did 6 eggs for potato salad, and am truly sorry they have to be chopped. Beautiful. Thanks, Susie Janey


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