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Hard Boiled Eggs

January 31, 2015 (Last Updated: October 11, 2020)

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How to perfectly cook hard boiled eggs.

Hard boiled eggs on a white surface with some of the eggs partially peeled.

Really???  Hard Boiled Eggs???  Do I really need to write a recipe for hard boiled eggs? Why yes, yes I do!  If you’ve ever had a fresh egg, and I mean a really fresh egg….like straight from the chicken fresh, then you will know why I need recipe on how to make hard boiled eggs.

Fresh eggs are wonderful for so many reasons, but when it comes to boiling them, I could be tempted to buy (gasp) them from the store!  The problem is, they don’t peel easily.  In fact, they hardly peel at all unless you want just a wee bit of white and all the yolk for your hard boiled eggs.  

The shells of fresh hard boiled eggs tend to stick to the white of the egg.  The shell come off in only teeny tiny little minuscule bits.  And I do mean minuscule!  You pick and you pick and you pick and still bits seem to be stuck to the egg.  When or if you finally get the shell off, the poor egg is so pitted that even the thought of Deviled Eggs is out of the question!
Hard boiled eggs sliced in half with more whole eggs in the background.
If possible, do not use eggs on the same day they were laid.  Let the eggs sit in your fridge for at least 3-4 days before boiling.  This allows the shell to start to absorb air and the white doesn’t stick to the shell quite as much.
I also try to select eggs of a similar size. My chickens lay everything from a super jumbo to a rather petite sized egg.  
A peeled hard boiled egg with pieces of shell around the egg.
Put cold eggs into a pot and fill with cold water.  Turn the heat on high and bring to a boil.  As soon as a boil is obtained, set the timer for 10 minutes.
When 10 minutes are up, carefully pour most of the hot water out and flush pot with cold water.  I let the water run for a few minutes to quickly lower the temperature of the eggs and pot.Then fill the pot again with cold water and ice cubes.  The eggs need to rest in this ice bath for at least 10 minutes so they are completely cooled.  

If you are looking for another method to hard cook eggs, you might also want to check out Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.

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How to make hard boiled eggs using farm fresh eggs.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Technique for cooking a perfect hard boiled egg. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 62 kcal


  • 6 eggs


  • Place cold eggs in a pot.  Cover with cold water.
  • Place on high heat and bring to a boil.
  • When water boils, set timer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove pot from stove and pour off water. Run cold water over eggs. Pour off water and fill with cold water again.  
  • Add ice to pot and let eggs sit in ice water for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Peel and use or store in refrigerator. 


When pouring water out of pot, just pour out as much as possible without dumping the eggs out. It is okay to leave a bit of water on the bottom of the pan.
Even following this recipe, you will get the occasional farm fresh egg that will be difficult to peel. 


Calories: 62kcalProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 60mgVitamin A: 240IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword farm fresh eggs, hard boiled eggs, how to boil eggs
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    April 15, 2019 at 6:00 am

    5 stars
    Great idea of how not to peel all the egg off with the shell.

    • Reply
      April 15, 2019 at 6:16 am

      Thanks! I have wasted many eggs trying to get the peel off.

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    April Anderson
    January 31, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I love this post — it’s always the seemingly simple things that trip us up and this whole egg peeling thing is one of them. I don’t have access to as fresh of eggs that you do, but I have this challenge sometimes. I follow the same technique as you and I’ve also found that gently cracking the shell in a few places and then carefully rolling the egg between my hands helps remove the shell in a big piece.

    • Reply
      January 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks! Rolling it gently is a great idea! I’ll give that a try.

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