Hard Cooked (Not Boiled) Eggs

How do you make hard cooked eggs? Do you, like me, actually call them hard boiled eggs? Am I dating myself using the term boiled eggs? Apparently the proper term is hard cooked eggs. Do you put the eggs into water and boil them for 10-15 minutes? While researching raised beds, of all things, I found this tip on making hard cooked eggs.

Let’s face it, you’re not going to get rich by using 10-15 minutes less gas or electricity, but why pay to cook something to death when it’s not necessary?

I found this at the University of Illinois Extension.

To Hard Cook Eggs (The American Egg Board Method)

  • Large eggs
  • Cold water
  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a stainless steel or other non-reactive saucepan (do not use iron).
  2. Add enough cold tap water to come at least one inch above eggs. Cover and quickly bring just to boiling.
  3. Turn off heat. If necessary, remove pan from burner to prevent further boiling.
  4. Let eggs stand, covered, in the hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (12 minutes for medium, 18 minutes for extra large).
  5. Immediately run cold water over eggs or place them in ice water until completely cooled (about 15 minutes).
  6. To remove shell, crackle egg by tapping gently all over with the back of a spoon or on a hard surface. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell, then peel, starting at large end. Hold egg under running cold water or dip in a bowl of water to help ease off the shell.

Yours Truly,

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1 comment to Hard Cooked (Not Boiled) Eggs

  • Chief Family Officer

    I do say “boiled,” not “cooked.” I don’t make them often enough to have developed any confidence in my ability to do them right, and I probably never will – unless my electric steamer breaks. That little appliance has been getting a lot of action lately, and one of the things I do in it is boil – I mean, steam – my eggs. They come out perfectly, too 🙂


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