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Fast perfect hard boiled eggs are easy! There has been a lot of odd things written about how to make hard boiled eggs that include all sorts of additives to the water.
When you need hard boiled eggs that look perfect in the shell it is frustrating when half of them end up cracking.
I have two methods on how to cook eggs so that they are perfect and will reduce cracking. Chose which one is best for you for the situation.
This is the way that I learned to cook hard boiled eggs in cooking school from a caterer. It has always worked for me and is how I do it for my Easter eggs.
Make sure that any eggs that you use do not have cracks in them.
Place the eggs into water and make sure the water covers them for at least an inch. Place on the stove top on high heat.
When the water comes to a boil, time it for 4 minutes. Turn the heat off and let them sit for another 4 minutes on the burner.
Your eggs will be perfectly cooked with no grey insides. The water will come to a boil faster if the eggs were room temperature to begin with.
If the outside of the shells do not matter then baking your eggs might be a better option.
Place the eggs in a muffin tin so they do not roll around. Pre-heat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Bake the eggs for 20 minutes. The eggs will come out perfectly cooked but sometimes the shells will develop brown spots on them.
The oven baked egg is to the left and the water boiled egg is to the right. The spots that develop on the oven baked egg do come off somewhat if you wipe them with a damp cloth but the egg shell does not look pristine white.
This would matter if you are going to use the eggs for decorating at Easter time, especially if you wanted to dip them in dye. The spots would show through the Easter dye.
Baking the eggs is perfect if you are planning to make a plate of Deviled Eggs where the shell is discarded.
For Easter eggs I always boil my eggs and do a few more than I was going to color. If any do crack in the boiling process then I just use them in a egg salad sandwiches that we have a tradition of eating the days we color eggs.
Fast Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs.