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How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

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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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  • ALR10955541DW
    28 JAN, 2019
    I’ve used this recipe for quite a while with egg-cellent results. I read somewhere here that hard-boiled eggs are easier to peel when cold. I’ve found the opposite to be true. When I peel them cold, it looks like Wolverine peeled them. When I peel them after cooling slightly in an ice bath, I get perfect hard-boiled eggs. By the way, after they’ve been peeled, they keep just fine in a sealed, plastic baggie in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.
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    • lilmikeyzz
      7 APR, 2019
      ease in peeling is totally attributable to age of eggs: the older the egg, the easier it is to peel. take this from an old-time northeastern bar-keep who learned this from and old-time egg supplier.
  • MS212786267
    28 JAN, 2019
    This is the most foolproof method so these low ratings are blowing my mind. I only do 2 at a time so they are fresh each day and I use an All-Clad saucepan. Perfect hard-boiled eggs, everytime!
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  • sscadservices
    14 DEC, 2018
    Surprised at the low scores on this. This is my go to hard boiled egg recipe. Cant imagine what went wrong for other users. Its not difficult. Perfect every time.
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    • mimitwoalll
      9 JAN, 2019
      My eggs did not get done and the shells stuck and would not peel I followed the directions perfectly but did not turn out
  • 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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