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How to Make and Peel Hard Boiled and Soft Boiled Eggs, With Photos and Video

Updated on October 12, 2012

My family and I just love boiled eggs! They are healthy and make a quick easy snack. They are also a starting point for other recipes such as egg salad and deviled eggs. Try them sliced on salads, plain or with a sprinkle of salt.

There are also different degrees of boiled eggs. The most common is the hard boiled egg. This is when the egg is cooked to the point where the entire yolk of the egg cooks solid. Soft boiled eggs is when it is cooked less so that the yolk is still runny. However you like your boiled eggs I hope this hub will help you achieve your goals.

Put your eggs in a single layer in a large pan

Add water until it is at least an inch above the eggs

Cook on med-high heat until it comes to a boil

Timing is important, so when you hear the eggs start to rattle stand by... it will boil soon

It's Boiling! Start the timer!

4 min for soft boiled

7 min for medium boiled

10 min for hard boiled

When they have boiled for however many minutes you prefer, rinse with cold water

Make the temperature change gradual by putting cold water into the pan without emptying the hot. Let the water overflow until the eggs and pan has cooled. Not doing this causes a sudden temperature change and could warp your pan.

How to Easily Peel a Hard Boiled Egg

Peeling an egg can be tricky and often times frustrating, especially when you want to present them. There is an easy fast way to peel eggs with baking soda and then blowing it out of the shell, but do you really want to serve your eggs with your spit all over them? My method takes a little more time but you still get beautifully peeled eggs, without the germs ^_^

1. Get your hard boiled egg. Eggs that are cooked at least a day in advance peel better

2. Start your cracks by tapping on a hard surface

3. pick off a small amount of shell, just enough to get your thumb under

4. Make sure the membrane is broken. If not break it

5. Start peeling with the side of your thumb so that your nail does not touch the egg. you should be lifting both egg and membrane as you glide your thumb along the egg.

6. For the bit of membrane that likes to stick to the flat spot; just rub it off with your thumb or finger.


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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      I have heard from a couple of different sources that older eggs peel better so it must be true!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you so much Alun! What a fantastic comment ^_^ Thank you also for your votes ^_^

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      Mama Kim, cooks and chefs frequently forget that for every person who knows their way around the kitchen, there are ten others who don't know the difference between a spoon and a fork (well - slight exaggeration maybe!) Many recipes and cooking instructions consequently - though attractive on paper - leave huge numbers of us confused or lost with their descriptions of ingredients or cooking processes.

      How nice therefore to see such a basic, yet well illustrated guide to something as simple as boiling an egg - simple, but so helpful to know for the incorporation of eggs is an important part of so many snacks, salads and other meals. Voted up accordingly. Alun

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Glimmer, Oh no... ^_^ I hope you try this and make the perfect eggs now ^_^ Thank you so much for your great comment ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Patricia, Thank you!! I'm so happy you found another one of my hubs that you liked enough for your recipe index ^_^ Your support is greatly appreciated!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This may sound simple to most, and I can boil eggs, but did not know the different times. I always boil mine for 25 minutes and they end up with that gray ring around them. Thanks for this!

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Great photos! And very helpful instructions.

      I am Sharing this - and adding to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Mary, I think your right! I know a lot of people who buy eggs only a couple days before Easter and then go home and start boiling.... and we both know the result of that ^_^ Thank you for your great comment and vote ^_^ The link back is appreciated.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Barsbitsnpieces, I'm so glad my hub could help ^_^ I'm the designated egg peeler in my family, lol. Hopefully you can now be the peeler in yours! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I think a common mistake cooks make is trying to boil and peel fresh eggs right from the store. I agree they peel better if they are not fresh. Thanks for linking my deviled eggs that look like baby chicks. I will link back to this one.

      I voted this UP.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Mama Kim...Stopped by to learn how to get that egg's membrane to peel off in a consistent layer, instead of in messy chucks that take too much of the boiled egg with them! Thanks!

      Your recipe Hubs are lovely, as well! Nice work!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you vespawoolf! I bet those eggs will be wonderful! If you let them sit a week in your fridge they'll peel a lot easier.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the step-by-step instructions and photos of the different stages from soft to hard-boiled. Although I love soft-boiled, I haven't had them in a while. I just bought some farm fresh eggs so now I know what I'm having for my afternoon snack! Voted up.