How to cook perfect hard boiled eggs

For decorative use or just a tasty treat

It's that time of year when people around the country will be rolling, dyeing, hiding, and hunting for eggs. And usually, that involves hard boiled eggs.

While making a hard boiled egg couldn't be easier, there are a few tips that will help you make sure they come out perfect every single time.

1. Make sure your eggs are a couple of days old. Fresh eggs are harder to peel. Buy your eggs ahead of time. If you need to cook fresh eggs, steaming them will make them easier to peel.

2. Put your eggs in a saucepan, covered by about an inch or two of cold water. A dash of salt or a drop of vinegar in the water will help keep the eggs from cracking.

3. Set the stove on 'High' and bring the water to a roiling boil, then move your saucepan off the heat source.

4. Cover the pan and let the eggs sit for 12 minutes.

5. Remove your eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon.

6. Before peeling, roll the egg between your hands to crack it on all sides and loosen the shell.

As with any fresh food, make sure to refrigerate your newly boiled eggs if you are not going to eat them soon.

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