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How to Hard Boil an Egg: 5 Ways


Have you ever looked up how to hard boil an egg before? You’ve likely seen, then, the multitudes of ways people tell you to do it. Everyone seems to have an opinion on everything from the length of time to the best way to make peelable eggs. Here, I’ve collected some of the most popular ways to get your eggs hard boiled for Easter decorating or just for eating, so you can decide which way you think is the right way.

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  • Julia Child Style 1 of 6
    Julia Child Style
    Julia Child takes hard boiling one step further. A bit of transferring from hot to cold and hot to cold again cause a chemical reaction that pulls the peels from the egg, making these the easiest eggs to peel I've ever encountered.
    Make Julia Child's Perfectly Peelable Hard-Boiled Eggs via Food Your Way
  • Straightforward 2 of 6
    Straightforward
    Classic hard-boiled eggs are an easy task to manage. Place them in a pot. Cover with an inch of water. Turn on the heat and then off again just as they boil. Cover and wait. Cool and peel. The steps are simple, the method perfect.
    Make Perfectly Easy Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Baking Soda 3 of 6
    Baking Soda
    Some people swear by the addition of baking soda to the water to make fresh eggs peel easier. I have tried this without success. However, I've seen a pretty convincing video that says this can make your eggs blowably easy to peel.
    Baking Soda Hard-Boiled Eggs via wikiHow
  • Heart of Hearts 4 of 6
    Heart of Hearts
    If hard boiling them the regular way just isn't enough, try turning your hard-boiled beauties into heart-shaped heroes.
    Make Heart-Shaped Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Softer Still 5 of 6
    Softer Still
    Of course, there's more than one way to peel an egg…or boil it. Different times create different textures. Have you ever had a soft-boiled egg? Just set whites are accompanied by a runny yolk. Perhaps a few soldiers and toast will make your Easter breakfast special.
    Make Soft-Boiled Eggs
  • Turn ‘em into the devil 6 of 6
    Turn 'em into the devil
    Of course, once you have all those eggs boiled and dyed pretty Easter colors, it would be a shame not to eat them. My favorite way to eat hard boiled eggs is simple: deviled. There are so many ways to go with this, but one of my favorites remains this kicked up version.
    Make Chile Lime Deviled Eggs

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