Hard boiled eggs can be SOOOOO frustrating!!!
How many times have you boiled eggs and ended up throwing half of them away because you could not peel them?! I have FINALLY mastered cooking and peeling hard-boiled eggs and I am sharing my instructions that are tried and true!
First of all, do not boil eggs that you just bought. They need to sit in the refrigerator for a few days first. I have had some friends tell me that they don't believe that myth and when I ask if their eggs peel perfectly every time they say "No"- so I will continue to do it this way because I have a pretty darn high batting average with my hard-boiled eggs. I buy a dozen and when I get home from the store I put them in the fridge under the dozen that is already in there. That way I know which ones are "old".
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs:
Put your eggs in a pot that will keep them snug up against each other so they don't get knocked around and crack before they cook and cover with water. Then place the pot on the stove with a lid and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat off and set the timer for 18 minutes.
Once the timer goes off, pour out the hot water and place the pot under cold running tap water. Add a bunch of ice- enough so the ice does not melt immediately and the eggs are cooled rather quickly.
About 10 or 15 minutes later I will pour out the ice-cold water (so my hands don't freeze) and begin peeling the eggs. The shells almost ALWAYS slide right off! If you have an egg that is giving you trouble, place back in some water while you peel the remaining eggs and come back to it. Sometimes putting a cracked egg back in water will help things along.
So there you have it, my friends!
Cheers to perfect hard-boiled eggs!