A perfect hard boiled eggHard boiled eggs- that sentence alone is enough to make people nervous. So many times do I get the question, what is the best way to hard boil eggs? How long do I keep them in the water, hot or cold to start? For so long I would take my eggs, fill up a saucepan ½ ways and let the eggs boil for 20 minutes- and then I was told this was wrong, whoops.
This brought my quest for the perfect egg to Ina Garten. When I want the answer on how to do something classic I turn to her, because they don’t call her the Barefoot Contessa for nothing!

Ina Garten on how to boil the perfect egg


  • Extra Large Eggs


  • Place the eggs in a saucepan and add enough cold water to cover.
  • Bring the water to a boil and immediately turn off the heat. Let the eggs sit in the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the eggs to a bowl and allow to rest for at least 2 minutes. When the eggs are cool enough to handle, crack the eggs on each side and then roll them back and forth with your hand, breaking up the shell. Remove and discard the shell.


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