A perfectly hard-boiled egg can be an elusive thing, even for those of us who cook–and cook with kids underfoot, and into everything, all the time. I’m here to help fix that! Hard-boiled eggs are a super easy, nutritious go-to food that I have on hand all of the time and, when you follow these easy directions for how to hard-boil eggs perfectly, you may too. They’re great to have around for any meal of the day, but especially for one of the five quick school day breakfast ideas. I’ve rounded up for you.

How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly

First, let’s talk about cooking perfect hard boiled eggs which can be quite simple. It just requires a little timing. Follow this method for foolproof results every time:

1. Gently arrange eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a saucepan. This is a rare case when using older ingredients is better than using fresh ones, since older eggs will peel easier. Don’t worry if you only have fresh eggs, though. Read on for other ways to ensure an easy peel.

2. Cover eggs by 2 inches with cool to room temperature tap water and set on the stovetop over high heat.

3. Bring water to a boil and cook eggs for 1 minute. After the minute, take the pot off of the heat, cover and allow the eggs to sit for 10 minutes.

4. Drain the eggs. If you’re going to use them right away, roll them on the counter to crack the shells slightly and dunk them in an ice water bath for about 2 minutes. Cracking the eggs before plunging them in cold water will help them peel easily.

If you plan on storing the eggs, plunge them in the ice water bath without cracking the shells first. You can leave them in the cold water for as little as 2 minutes, but the longer you leave them in the ice water bath, the higher the likelihood that the eggs will peel easily when you’re ready for them. Once you remove the eggs from the cold water, you can store them in their shells in the fridge for up to a week.

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