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Old 01-05-2004, 04:18 PM   #1
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How long do hard boiled eggs take?

I know this is a stupid question, but I havent ever really made hard boiled eggs. How long do I boil them for to make sure they are completely cooked?
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Old 01-05-2004, 04:20 PM   #2
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I put 'em in a pot. Pour in some salt, bring to boil, boil for 5 minutes, take off heat, let cool. Thats all
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Let the water start boiling and let them boil for 10-12 minutes.
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Old 01-05-2004, 04:23 PM   #4
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If you don't want that black ring around the yolks:

Put the eggs in cold water, bring to the boil, start the timer. Boil for 7 minutes (medium eggs) or 8.5 minutes (large eggs).

When the time is up, plunge the eggs into cold water and shell immediately.
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Old 01-05-2004, 04:23 PM   #5
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I put mine in a small pot and cover with cold water so that it's a bit above the eggs. Bring to a boil on high heat, uncovered. As soon as it starts to boil, remove the pan from the burner, put a lid on it and let them stand for 22 minutes. As soon as 22 minutes are up, drain the hot water and run cold water over them for several minutes to stop the cooking.
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Old 01-05-2004, 04:25 PM   #6
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I am one of those Egg Freaks who cannot have one hint of moisture in her yolks....

So... for me.. it's 20 minutes. I put them in the water and then turn on the stove. 20 Minutes from start to finish.

(yes. my scramled and fried have to be Extra Extra well done too!)
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Old 01-05-2004, 05:15 PM   #7
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I do mine just like LindaSue.
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I put mine in cold water just covering the eggs on high for 13 minutes (without pre-boiling). It's just enough to be done all the way without that yucky ring around the yolk.

Once I take them off the heat, I run cold water over them long enough to where I can hold them, peel and eat.

Depends on how done you like them. This gives me the consistency of your typical "salad" boiled eggs.

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Old 01-05-2004, 05:25 PM   #9
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You can also buy an egg timer that sits in the water and turns a different color to designate how done the eggs are. It will measure eggs from soft boiled to hard boiled.
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Old 01-05-2004, 05:45 PM   #10
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I've been making boiled eggs for 36 years like this:

Put eggs in a pan. Put water over them. Doesn't make any diff if it's hot or cold but hot comes to a boil faster. Bring to a boil, Turn off the heat but leave the pan on the burner. Cover and leave alone for about 20 minutes. If you forget and leave it longer, it makes no difference. When you remember them, drain and put back in the carton. Remember to mark the carton!

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I do the same as Linda Sue and Clare but I only leave the eggs in the hot water (after it has come to a boil) for 15 minutes and they always come out great....
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Old 01-05-2004, 05:57 PM   #12
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I cook mine for 10 min, then drain boiling water, let cold water fill pot, then add a bowlful of ice cubes. When the ice melts, I then shell the eggs. They are perfect every time!
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Old 01-05-2004, 05:58 PM   #13
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I used to boil them for 10 minutes but they never did come out right. Now I boil for 10, cover for 10, and then put them in cold water for a couple of minutes. They've been perfect every time.
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I think I saw a counter top appliance that will "boil" up to 7 eggs at a time...I believe it was in the Fingerhut catalog?? Anyone know what I'm talking about?? I wonder if it works or if it's any good...
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from Alton Brown of "Good Eats":

Put eggs in a pot and cover with lightly salted cold water. Bring water to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, cover and remove from heat. Let it sit for 10 mins, then drain the hot water and run under cold water to cool. Peel immediately and enjoy! They come out perfect.
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Old 01-05-2004, 07:46 PM   #16
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For picture perfect eggs put eggs in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil turn off the heat and place a lid on the pan. Let the pan sit for 13 minutes and then pour the hot water off the eggs. Fill the pan with cold water and let sit until cold enough to handle and then peel and refrigerate or eat. You will not have the green exterior on the yolk if you use this method.
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Old 01-06-2004, 06:02 AM   #17
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I've seen over and over again on Food TV and other places where they say to use the same method I use, but to only let them stand for 15 minutes (or less). So, just out of curiosity, I tried it once and I ended up with raw, runny eggs. I can't for the life of me figure out what would make such a difference for me when that seems to work for everyone else. I got the 22 minute time from good old Betty Crocker, by the way. Even at 22 minutes, I occasionally find the very center of the yolk not quite set and I never get green yolks either when done that way.
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I cover the eggs in cold water add some salt and bring to a boil uncovered.
Then I cover turn heat on low and set timer for 10 min they almost always come out perfect
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I cover mine with cold water, bring to boil, and set timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes of boiling, I plunge them in cold water and let them sit there for another 10 minutes or so. I make HB eggs the night before and stick them in the refrigerator overnight ... I like mine well chilled! Then they're ready to chop up & and mix with some mayo, peel & eat with a salt shaker , or cut up over a garden salad.
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Linda Sue.........what size eggs do you use?? I typically like to boil medium or large eggs and 15 minutes works fine, but if you are using extra-large or jumbo eggs I can see 15 minutes not being enough time. Just a thought.......
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Old 01-06-2004, 06:50 AM   #21
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MaryLee, I always buy large eggs. Could altitude have anything to do with it? I've always lived in places at or near sea level - Houston and near Detroit, Michigan.
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Hmm.......I don't know anything about altitude.

Maybe eggs are one of those YMMV things........that might explain why everyone seems to use a different method
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