The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Note to the blogging Gods: I know you’re never supposed to go off-topic in a blog. And I know this has nothing to do with negotiating or sales or web-type stuff, I just wanted to pass this along because Easter is the time when people butcher eggs by overcooking them. And I hate overcooked eggs. Read on…

Around Easter about five years ago, I mentioned in my old blog that I hated the greenish surface on the yolks of hard boiled eggs. Someone responded with what turned out to be the perfect method for hard-boiling an egg that would result in a bright yellow yolk. It turns out that the greenish “stuff” is simply a result of overcooking the egg.

So, because it’s almost Easter, and because two people emailed me for the cooking instructions, here is that recipe. But hold on a second… since this blog is supposed to be about negotiating and SEO, here is the obligatory negotiating “hook”. Note, there is no SEO hook whatsoever. By presenting eggs with terrific looking yolks, you’ll likely be more successful in your ambien buy negotiations with your six-year old in getting them to “eat an egg because it’s good for you.” Ask me how I know!

OK, on to how to cook the perfect hard-boiled egg:

1. Place eggs in a saucepan with enough COLD tap water to cover completely by 1 inch. Bring to a ROLLING boil over HIGH heat. Once the water is brought to a rolling boil, PROMPTLY reduce heat to a lower medium boil and cook an additional 10 minutes for a hard-boiled egg. (For a soft boiled egg reduce the time by a few minutes.)

2. Remove from heat and IMMEDIATELY place eggs under ice cold water or in a bowl of ICED water to chill promptly to help yolks stay bright yellow. Chill for a few minutes in the cold water until the egg is completely cooled. This is an extremely important step which prevents the unsightly greenish ring from forming on the surface of the yolk over time. If the egg is not chilled immediately after cooking, an unsightly dark greenish ring will eventually appear on the outside of the yolk.

Happy Easter everyone!



about 13 years ago

I do eat hard boiled eggs on my diet session. Because eggs has low carbohydrates so I need it for my body to make it sustainable even I don't eat much rice. Nice tips how to make a boiled eggs not overcooked. This is a nice business to start on. Thanks!


about 13 years ago

I grew up eating the overcooked ones... :) thanks for sharing how to do it right! :)

Anders Ericsson

about 13 years ago

I've always loved hard boiled eggs, especially when I'm on a low carb diet. Just because it contains a lot of protein, as well as fill me up. It took me a while though to learn how to boil them the perfect way :)


about 14 years ago

I must admit I was looking for the 'hook'! LOL- of course make sure the eggs are free range and organic :) though if they are straight from the coop you'll have difficulty taking the shell off without it sticking to the white.... a few days old is best.

mary duprie

about 14 years ago

Hey, thanks so much for this. I wondered why sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't! Mary DuPrie, Michigan Model Photographer BTW, love the fact that you participate in "You Comment I Follow". Thanks.

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