boil eggs for hard boiled eggs

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

40 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Become an expert in boiling eggs perfectly every time with our top-rated recipe!

Mastering the art of hard-boiled eggs is a fundamental skill in the culinary world. Whether you're preparing them for a classic deviled eggs recipe, a hearty potato salad, or simply for a nutritious snack, knowing how to boil eggs to perfection is a valuable kitchen skill. This top-rated recipe provides clear and concise instructions to ensure that your hard-boiled eggs turn out exactly as desired, with yolks that are beautifully set and easy-to-peel whites.

How to Boil Eggs

You’ll find a detailed list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below. However, let’s first go over the basics.

How Long to Boil Eggs

Six eggs boiled for 14 minutes in vinegar and salt water should be perfectly hard-boiled.

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How Long Does It Take to Hard Boil Eggs? 

To make hard-boiled eggs, it will take approximately 40 minutes from start to finish. You will need to bring water to a gentle boil, boil the eggs for 14 minutes, and then cool them for approximately 15 minutes.

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Here’s a quick guide on how to hard-boil eggs at home:

  1. Bring the salt, vinegar, and water to a boil.
  2. Gently boil the eggs for about 14 minutes.
  3. Transfer the eggs to ice water.
  4. Once cooled, peel the eggs.

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How to Easily  Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs 

The addition of vinegar to water while boiling eggs can make them easier to peel. The acidic nature of vinegar dissolves some of the calcium carbonate in the eggshell and also helps the egg whites to set faster. Once the eggs are boiled, running them under cold running water while peeling helps the shell to separate from the membrane easily. For more information, you can refer to the article “I Tried 6 Ways to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier to Peel, and This Is the Best One”.

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How Long Do Hard-Boiled Eggs Last?

  • To store hard-boiled eggs with the shell on, place them in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • To store peeled hard-boiled eggs, follow these steps: First, place the peeled eggs in a bowl and fill it with cold water until the eggs are completely submerged. Then, store the eggs in the refrigerator for two to three days, leaving the bowl uncovered. It is important to replace the water in the bowl every day to ensure freshness.

Can You Freeze Hard-Boiled Eggs?

Avoid freezing whole hard-boiled eggs as the whites become tough and rubbery. Freeze yolks only and use whites immediately.

To freeze egg yolks, first, separate the yolks from the whites either using your fingers or a slotted spoon. Next, spread the cooked yolks in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash-freeze them for at least three hours or up to overnight. Once they are frozen, transfer the yolks to a freezer-safe bag and label it with the date. You can freeze the egg yolks for up to a month.


Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Side Dishes
Through years of experimentation, I have discovered the perfect method for making hard-boiled eggs. My family members even refer to them as "Ken's Eggs." By adding vinegar and salt to the boiling water, the skin of the eggshell is effortlessly removed, resulting in perfectly cooked and beautifully presented eggs. This is a testament to the power of persistence and experimentation in achieving culinary excellence.
boil eggs for hard boiled eggs
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 hard-boiled eggs
Ingredients you will need:
1 tablespoon salt
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
6 cups water
8 large eggs
Let’s start !

1  Ensure to collect all the required ingredients.


2 Bring salt, vinegar, and water to boil in a large pot.


3 Add one egg at a time, taking care not to crack it. Reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook for 14 minutes.


4 After boiling, eggs should be removed from the hot water and cooled in ice water or under cold running water for about 15 minutes. Once cooled, they can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.


5 Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 72
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat5g6%
Saturated Fat 2g8%
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 947mg41%
Total Carbohydrate 0g0%
Total Sugars 0g 
Protein 6g 
Calcium 32mg2%
Iron 1mg5%
Potassium 69mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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When it comes to boiling eggs, start with eggs that are not straight from the fridge. Allow them to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before placing them in the boiling water. This helps prevent the shells from cracking due to the sudden temperature change when they hit the hot water. Additionally, it's a good practice to use older eggs for hard-boiling, as they tend to peel more easily than fresh ones. Lastly, once you've finished boiling, transfer the eggs to an ice water bath immediately. This rapid cooling helps create a separation between the egg white and the inner membrane of the shell, making peeling a breeze. With these tips in mind, you'll consistently achieve perfect hard-boiled eggs, ready for any culinary adventure.

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