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Top 5 Egg Tips

Making the Perfect Hard-boiled Egg

Everyone seems to have a different technique for making the perfect hard-boiled egg. Some people swear that all you have to do is drop one in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes or so, while others insist on more complicated, time-consuming operations. The optimal preparation technique is somewhere in the middle, but it's closer to the easier end of the spectrum.

First, place fresh eggs in a pot filled with cold water and bring to a rapid boil. Then, remove from heat and cover. Let the eggs sit for 20 minutes, take them out of the water, peel and enjoy. If you like your eggs cold, place them in a bowl of chilled water or run them under the tap for several seconds.