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How To Make The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

I have been on the hunt for the perfect way to make a hard-boiled egg, and finally found a method that works for me!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect way to make a hard-boiled egg, and finally think I found something that works for me!

I sheepishly confess I have been purchasing organic, peeled hard-boiled eggs from my local coo-op, at a price that is WAY too high. I do have to say, it was nice to have someone else boil and peel the eggs, but at $2.99 for 4 eggs, it is something that I need to do myself!  I remember telling a friend that I paid this for my hard-boiled eggs and she just chuckled at me, and thought it was hilarious that I was willing to pay way too much for something that could so easily be done at home. I knew it was time to change up my method and find something that worked for me.

The method I used to use was this: eggs go in a pan, fill pan with water, turn heat on to boil, once it comes to a boil turn the heat off and set timer for 12 minutes. That SHOULD work, but it didn’t for me. The above method takes an eye on boiling water, making sure to set the timer the minute the water comes to a boil. I am not one that is patient enough to watch for water to boil, so I would either set the timer too late or too early, and my eggs would either be undercooked or overcooked with that dreaded dark ring around the yolk.

My new method is similar, (keep scrolling for detailed instructions) except you bring the water to a boil FIRST, then carefully lower each egg into the boiling water with a large spoon, then immediately set the timer. When the timer goes off, you rinse and soak in cold water until the eggs feel cool to the touch. I like this so much better, as I don’t have to keep an eye on the water and set the timer the minute it boils.

carton of eggs

Hard boiled eggs make the perfect protein snack. I love storing them in large mason jars in my refrigerator, the clear glass makes them easy to see and grab, but the jar seals and the oder does not permeate my entire refrigerator.

My girls will grab an egg to have with toast for breakfast, or as a quick afternoon snack. They also love egg salad sandwiches and I recently used it in my favorite chicken salad recipe as one of the ingredients that makes my chicken salad to die for! The other ingredient is sliced grapes…try hard boiled egg and sliced grapes in your favorite chicken salad recipe…you will love it!


How To Make The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Step 1: The Boiling Stage

Put up a pot of water to boil — you’ll need one big enough for water to flow freely around the number of eggs you’ll be cooking. Once the water’s boiling, use a large spoon to gently lower the eggs into the water. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer and set a timer for 12 minutes.

Step 2: The Cooling Stage

After 12 minutes, take the pot off the heat, drain the hot water out, place the pot in the sink and run cold water over the eggs until the shells are cold to the touch. Yes, that’s it!

If you plan to shell them to serve and enjoy, tap them gently against the pot (or your sink) once they’re cool — the shells will shatter and slip right off.

Want an easy way to chop your egg into perfect little matchstick-like pieces? Here you go!


Here is a fun way to chop your hard-boiled eggs.


Muffin Tin Baked Eggs

muffin tin eggs

I have a friend named Thomas who is responsible for the above picture and for introducing me to the concept of Muffin Tin Baked Eggs.

  These are the best kind of recipes, ones passed and eaten among friends.  

This recipe is perfect for entertaining and eating among friends as they can choose what they want in their eggs from a buffet of fillings.  These would be great served with fruit salad, croissants, juice and coffee.  Maybe some skillet herbed potatoes?  MMmm.

I made these for brunch last Sunday and they were a hit with my kids and so simple!  Basically, you grease the muffin tin, put whatever fillings at the bottom of the tin, then crack an egg over the top.  You can use any ingredient to flavor, really anything you would put in an omelet could be used here.

Here are some suggestions


cheese, {swiss, cheddar, feta, etc}

onions or green onions

bell peppers


meat {ham, bacon, sausage, chicken, turkey}




fresh herbs

feta cheese







Muffin Tin Baked Eggs No Recipe Recipe

Spray with cooking spray or oil thoroughly a muffin tin.  Put a spoonful of salsa, or some finely diced mushrooms & onions (or your choice of whatever above ingredient) in the bottom of each tin.  Crack the egg on top, being careful not to bust the yolk.  Sprinkle with some lime juice, cumin, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce–whatever flavors you would like.  Bake for 10 to 14 minutes (or until firm, but yolk is still soft) at 400 degrees.  Easy!

To get the BEST experience of eating these eggs, eat them with this tune mixed by my friend Thomas aka Felonious Crunk.  Perfect egg eating song in my humble opinion!  Someday I will have to tell you how we met–it was through an angel.






“Toad In A Hole” Breakfast

I had never made these before, but when I had my mastectomy, my friend, Sharon, came from Chicago to stay with me for a week. She was a nurse to me, and loved all over my girls.  While she was here she made this “Toad In A Hole” breakfast a few times.  It has become a favorite of ours.  It is so fast and easy, and quite filling for each person, if I add fruit to the plate.  It makes me miss my friend every time I make it.  Everyone should have a friend like her–  I love you, Sharon!!

It is my middle child’s birthday weekend.  I did not have the energy to throw a party, so we took the money we usually would spend for a party and had a “double-date dinner, manicures, and spending- spree- at- the- mall” birthday night out.  We were with my daughter’s friend and her mom, Carma, who is a great friend of mine.  It was a super fun night out, ending with Caramelicious Frappucinos (decaf of course)– my girl thought she was old enough to drink coffee–she isn’t!  Hers sat untouched, despite the fact that she tasted mine and was convinced she liked it and was old enough to have one of her own!

We had my daughter’s friend spend the night.  We have a breakfast tradition of pancakes and eggs anytime we have a sleepover. Again, my energy was not great, so instead of pancakes I decided to make “Toads In A Hole”  The kids loved them, and it only took minutes!

Toad In A Hole
6 slices bread
6 eggs
~Cut out a circle in each piece of bread.  
~Melt some butter, and brown the round cut-outs on both sides until toasty brown.
~Melt more butter.  Add slices of bread with holes cut out.  
~Crack an egg into each bread.
~Flip when set.
~Season with salt & pepper