Step 1. Put eggs in pot
Step 2. Cover with water
Step 3. Put on high heat
Step 4. Check your email
Step 5. Tweet
Step 6. Check Facebook
Step 7. Realize your eggs have been boiling for god knows how long
Step 8. Burn fingers taking pot off stove
Step 9. Crack one egg and view the horror inside
Step 10. Toss eggs
Step 11. Go to market
Step 12. Buy fresh eggs
Step 13. Force yourself to remain in the kitchen as you cook the eggs correctly the second time.
“Anybody can boil an egg” just isn’t true. Well, OK it is true. Anyone CAN boil and egg but it could come out a green horrid mess. A really good boiled egg, no HARD COOKED egg, takes a wee bit of finesse and that finesse comes down to timing.
The perfect hard cooked egg
Put your eggs in a small pot and cover with cold water. Fire up the heat and JUST when the water has big boiling bubbles starting to break, take it off the heat (you don’t need a full rolling boil). Cover the pot and SET A TIMER for 10 minutes (you might want to go down to 8 or 9 minutes if you’re using large or medium eggs as opposed to “Jumbo” or extra large). Now don’t leave the kitchen! The second the timer goes off, dump out the water and run cold tap water over the eggs. Keep running the water till the eggs are cool to the touch. Then pop them right in the fridge.
That’s how you make a hard cooked egg that is firm with a fluffy yolk.