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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs Without Green Yolks

Updated on August 20, 2012

No green yolks!

Perfect hard boiled eggs with no green yolks
Perfect hard boiled eggs with no green yolks | Source
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Green yolks in hard boiled eggs ruin things when preparing deviled eggs, Easter eggs, or hard boiled eggs for a snack. The green coloring that invades the nice yellow yolks is a result of the way the eggs are cooked. The uncooked eggs are not defective. Boiling eggs the right way will result in perfectly cooked eggs without the green. My Mom passed her method on to me, after years of perfecting the right way of hard boiling eggs. So if you do not prefer green eggs and ham, then follow this simple procedure to avoid discolored yolks in your hard boiled eggs.

Prepare a pot for boiling the eggs
Prepare a pot for boiling the eggs | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 17 min
Ready in: 32 min
Yields: 1-2 dozen hard boiled eggs

Step 1: In a large pot, fill enough water in the bottom to cover about half an egg. Place all the eggs in a single layer in the bottom of the pot. A 6 quart pot is large enough for approximately 14-16 eggs.

Place a single layer of eggs in the pot.
Place a single layer of eggs in the pot. | Source

Step 2: Pour enough water to just cover the eggs. After the eggs are just covered, add another 1/2 cup of water.

Turn the heat up to high to boil the water.
Turn the heat up to high to boil the water. | Source

Step 3: Turn up the stove top heat and bring the water to a boil. The tap water and eggs from the refrigerator will then go from cold to hot during this step. Leave the pot uncovered. Look for signs of the water boiling and do not leave the eggs boiling once the water reaches this temperature.

Allow the eggs to keep cooking while covered in the pot
Allow the eggs to keep cooking while covered in the pot | Source

Step 4: Once the water reaches a boiling temperature, turn off the heat and move the pot off the hot burner. Cover the pot immediately. Allow the eggs to sit in the not water for about 17 minutes.

Cool the eggs down after boiling
Cool the eggs down after boiling | Source

Step 5: Carefully move the hot pot to the sink and allow cold tap water to pour into the pot. This will quickly cool down the water temperature stopping the cooking process. Once the water and eggs are cool move them to the refrigerator. Enjoy the eggs at any time or use them for deviled eggs or Easter eggs. The egg yolks will be a nice yellow coloring with no green.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 large egg
Calories 70
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 185 mg62%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      Mike Bouska 

      6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Good directions of a time tested method.

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      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Good instructions! Useful and voted up!


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