How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

One of the first steps to mastering egg cookery is learning how to hard boil an egg. The tips below should help.
  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.

    Cover eggs with cold water when hard cooking eggs.
    Cover eggs with cold
    water in saucepan.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat. Let stand 15 minutes.

  3. Immediately run cold water over the eggs or place them in ice water until cooled.

  4. Peel eggs by tapping all around the shell with a table knife to form a network of cracks. Peel shell away under cold running water.

    Peel shell away under cold running water when hard-cooking eggs.
    Peel shell away under
    cold running water.
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