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How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time with these simple tips. With hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator, you always have the components of a satisfying meal.

Source: Martha Stewart Baby, n/a 2000
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  • jaycsteward
    22 MAR, 2015
    They should remove this recipe from the website. I followed it to the letter to prove a point with my wife (who makes terrible hb eggs). I've never had a harder time peeling an egg than I had after following Martha's recipe. DO NOT USE THIS. Can't even tell you if the eggs were adequately cooked or not, gave up from frustration.
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    • dmuenzen
      29 NOV, 2018
      Correct. Placing eggs in cold water is WRONG. Gently place them in boiling water -- that way the membrane adheres to the shell and the eggs are very easy to peel.
    • jackiegrin
      27 MAR, 2015
      I totally agree, this is the worst . I did it exactly the way it said and my eggs were under cooked. I know it is best to start off with cool water so it doesn't crack. I think it still needs to at least simmer after it boils, not remove from heat
  • rrsecret85718
    4 JUL, 2018
    This recipe was perfect ..unlike any other I have tried. I walked myself through the directions and ended up with fabulous results. I am happy that I did not rely on some bad reviews. The eggs were perfect!!! I am very particular about what I purchase for health reasons and perhaps some of these reviews didn't have great eggs.
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    • dmuenzen
      29 NOV, 2018
      Glad this recipe worked for you, but having worked in a hotel restaurant kitchen in my youth -- where I boiled literally thousands of eggs -- I can tell you that this recipe will produce generally poor results when it comes to peeling. You shouldn't put the eggs in cold water because it will take them longer to set -- and the longer eggs take to set, the likelier that the membrane will adhere to the albumen (the white), rather than to the shell. Put your eggs in boiling water and you'll have consistently better results.
  • dmuenzen
    29 NOV, 2018
    This recipe makes the same mistake as countless others by placing the eggs in cold water. The slower it takes the egg to set, the more likely the membrane will adhere to the albumen, making the egg difficult to peel. Place the eggs in boiling water and keep them on a low boil, uncovered, for 12 minutes. Immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. Eggs will be perfectly cooked and consistently easy to peel.
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  • em_gen297129229
    10 NOV, 2018
    I followed this recipe, yet when I attempted to peel the eggs, I was subjected to the same issue. The shells will not release the eggs easily and therefore, are impossible to shell in a clean manner. I have to cut them in half and scoop the egg out with a spoon,
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  • helpdmhowto
    9 NOV, 2018
    Its interesting to know how to boil eggs, but what if we will boil the eggs in salt water?
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  • CKL18151424
    3 NOV, 2018
    I’ve used Martha’s technique for years. Perfect Every time!!
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  • MS10954175
    11 SEP, 2018
    Perfect every time. Much better than boiling the eggs the entire time which over cooks them.
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  • giesey0021
    16 JUL, 2018
    So this recipe seemed to work just fine. I still use the method I recently found. Works amazingly. I always boil 18 large washed store bought eggs, could be different with fresh or more/less eggs. I place eggs straight from fridge into pan and cover single layered eggs with 1 inch water,
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    • frankjaegerat
      9 SEP, 2018
      Room temp eggs are less likely to crack!
    • giesey0021
      16 JUL, 2018
      Sorry, posted by mistake without finishing, turn heat to high with eggs covered entire time, once rolling boil starts, turn off burner, keep covered and on the burner for 9-10 minutes. If glasstop, turning burner off is fine, if gas or coil, turn to lowest simmer, and remember, keep covered entire time, for 9-10 minutes, then immediately place pan in sink and run tap cold water over eggs into pan or place in ice water. Leave eggs under cold water for 4 minutes minimum.
  • igor275
    28 JUN, 2018
    I tried Martha's recipe and wasted a dozen eggs. I failed to peel a single one without chunks of egg white coming away with the shell. Perhaps that entitled, privileged, felonious, parasite, Martha, should stick to insider trading.
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    • dmercha2195264
      4 JUL, 2018
      sounds like more of a political statement than a review. If you hate Martha, just say so, and leave her eggs out of it. This is one of the most widely accepted recipes on the planet. Perhaps the recipe needs adjustment for your home planet?
  • clark737198075
    5 MAR, 2018
    Horrible. The eggs were impossible to peel, and I lost a lot of the egg whites trying to peel them. Wasted 12 eggs. I'll go back to my usual method.
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    • hansandpamela
      28 JUN, 2018
      I've read that has more to do with the age of the eggs; older eggs will peel more easily. :)

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