Monday, May 10, 2010

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Every time I hard boil eggs, I get frustrated at the peeling part. The whole egg seems to tear off with the shell! Finally, right before Easter, I found this recipe on It boasted that the egg would "peel easily without tearing or sticking". Not having anything to lose, I tried it for our Easter eggs.

It worked.

The shells came off in large pieces, the inner egg was completely intact, and we had the perfect hard boiled eggs! Don't worry about the salt and vinegar- you can't taste them in the eggs, I promise!!

This is now the recipe I will treasure and use for always!

Ken's Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

1 TB salt
1/4 cup distilled white wine vinegar
6 cups water
8 eggs

Combine salt, vinegar, and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. GENTLY add the eggs one at a time. Reduce the heat to a gentle boil, and cook for 14 minutes.

Once the eggs have cooked, remove them from the hot water, and place into a container of ice water or cold, running water. This stops the eggs from cooking. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Peel one egg right away... just for the sheer joy of unbroken eggs!


  1. Hallelujah!!!

    I actually stopped making hard-boiled eggs all together because of the per=sky peeling issue. I'm going to try this out for lunch today!

    Thanks a million for sharing.

  2. I've heard of this method, too. I haven't tried it myself, yet. But now that you've tested it, I might give it a go!

  3. What great information. I found your blog by chance and intended only to say hello. I was charmed by some of your earlier posts and stayed much longer than I planned. I like the food you make and will be back . I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...May

  4. This is so basic! Thank you for putting it in writing!

  5. thanks! My eggs always end up undercooked. :\

  6. Great tip. I'll give this a try. Always looking for the best way to cook an egg perfectly. I hear vinegar works for poached eggs too. Keeps the whites together?

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner