Hard-boiled eggs are used in recipes, such as deviled eggs, or can be eaten alone. Peeling the shell off the cooked egg is a challenge when parts of the egg white are removed along with the shell. This affects presentation and wastes part of the egg. Proper techniques used during and after the boiling process result in a delicious hard-boiled egg that remains intact when peeled.
Things You'll Need
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- Cooking thermometer
- Slotted spoon
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Fill a medium-sized cooking pot two-thirds of the way with water. Drop in 1 tsp. baking soda and stir until the baking soda is dissolved in the water.
Place the eggs in a single layer in the cold water. Stick a thermometer into the water so you can ensure the water doesn't get too hot. Heat the water until it's between 170 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue to cook the eggs at that temperature for 10 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs and place them in a bowl. Fill the bowl with enough cold water to cover the eggs then allow the eggs to sit in the cold water until the shells are cool to the touch. This prevents the eggs from continuing to cook inside even after being removed from heat.
Dry the eggs with a kitchen towel and store them in the refrigerator.