How long do I boil eggs for hard boiled eggs?

I want to make 4. I already them in cold water and now they're just waiting to boil. How long do I leave them over the stove?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Extremely fresh eggs are not recommended when making hard-boiled eggs. They are very difficult to peel. This is the best use for eggs nearing their expiration date.

    1. Remove desired number of eggs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

    2. Place eggs in a small sauce pan and add just enough water to completely cover eggs. (Note: the smaller the pan; the less room the eggs have to jump around and crack into each other).

    3. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Covering the pan will lead to a quicker boil and is recommended.

    4. Immediately reduce heat to simmer and remove the cover from the pan.

    5. Let the eggs sit in the simmering water for 12 minutes. (11 minutes for medium eggs; 13 minutes extra-large eggs)

    6. Carefully remove the pan from the stove top and place beneath the kitchen faucet. Run cool water into the pan for a minute until the water is cool to the touch. Give each egg a little whack to the side of the pan, so each egg has one or two cracks. Some will tell you that this lets pent-up sulphur escape. More practically, this allows a little steam to build between the cooked egg and its shell to make peeling easier. Let the eggs sit in the cool water for 2 to 5 minutes.

    7. To peel in a easier way: Place hard-boiled egg on a hard surface such as a cutting board. Roll the egg back and forth - applying a very slight amount of pressure. Remove the cracked shell beneath a faucet of cool running water.

    8. If peeling multiple eggs, place peeled eggs in a bowl of cold water while you work the others. Refrigerating peeled eggs is not recommended. Hard-boiled eggs - still in their shell - can be stored in a refrigerator for 5 days.

    Source(s): Mr. Breakfast
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    20 minutes or more is usually sufficient in boiling water- that's what's nice about hard boiled eggs- you want them hard anyway so if you over boil them it's not really going to matter that much. What's difficult is if you want a nice boiled egg with a soft center, which I sometimes like for dipping toast strips into on those egg holder cup things for breakfast! Depending on the stove, the altitude where you live, and other factors, this can be a real headache!

  • 3 years ago

    As an old time bachelor, I found that putting cold eggs form the refrig into a pot of normal tap water, boil water completely with eggs in pot then turn off gas or electricity (no waste) now cover pot for 15 minutes, let stand. Remove and empty hot water, refill with cold let stand a couple minutes then peel. Pretty simple.

  • Croa
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    From the time you get an active(rolling boil), turn the timer on for 5 minutes.

    Turn the eggs off and run cold water over them.

    Wait 10 minutes and peel.

    Good luck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    By now they may be done. In the future, start with hot water in the pan with the top on. Turn on high until boiling. Then add your eggs slowly. Turn off the heat and put the top back on. In 10 minutes, your eggs will be perfect!

    Theres also a quick way to check if your eggs are done if youre daring. Raw eggs wont spin, but cooked eggs will. you can spoon one out after 10 minutes, and twirl it. If it spins, its done. If it wobbles - it needs more time.

  • 1 decade ago

    Foolproof method: Put your eggs in cold water with enough water to cover them by about 1/2 inch. Bring to boiling, shut off, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Let them sit, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. When they're finished "resting," drain them and run under cold water until they're cool enough to peel. Makes perfect hardboiled eggs every time--no green yolks, easy to peel, etc.

    Source(s): My Fanny Farmer cookbook. The method I've been using for years.
  • kiki
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I was always told to let them boil for 10 minutes after they actually started to boil.

  • 1 decade ago

    after they come to a boil, boil them for 10 minutes. after that drain the water and run cold water over them. peel when cooled off enough to handle

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    boil till d egg buss

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    20 min on just enough heat to keep the water boiling

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