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How To Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

I like hard boiled eggs. Not only for breakfast, but also for a fast and easy anytime snack. Although they are not as popular as fried eggs, hard boiled eggs are actually easier to cook. Here is how to achieve the perfect hard boiled eggs:

1. Set the eggs in a single layer in a heavy saucepan and cover them with cold water.

2. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt to the water.

3. Turn the heat to high and set a timer to 20 minutes.

4. After 20 minutes, drain the hot water and keep the eggs under cold running water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process and make them easy to handle. Peel and serve.

Hard boiled egg

Hard boiled egg

When you make hard boiled eggs, the cooking time is very important. If you boil them less, the eggs won't be hard boiled; if you cook them too much, the egg yolks will have an unpleasant greenish rind. Twenty minutes from turning on the heat to finish, is usually enough. It is a good idea to check each egg for any little cracks before cooking, because they can make a mess in your saucepan. The purpose of the vinegar and the salt is to keep the shells firm and prevent cracks.

The boiled eggs peel easier if they are left to stand for at least 5 minutes after they cool down. Fresh organic eggs may need a few minutes more to hard boil, but they are definitely the tastiest and the more conscious choice.

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Chef George Krumov
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.

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