Have eggs at room temperature to prevent cracking during
cooking. Start in cold or boiling water. Cover eggs complete-
ly with water. Time accurately.
Cold Water Start: Cover eggs in saucepan with cold
water. Heat until water boils. Remove from heat. Cover pan.
Let stand off heat until eggs are cooked. Soft cooked eggs, 2
to 4 minutes off heat. Hard cooked eggs, 23 to 25 minutes off
Boiling Water Start: Bring water to boil in pan. With
a spoon, carefully lower eggs into water. Reduce heat. Keep
water simmering until eggs are cooked. (Turn eggs several
times to help keep yolks centered. Soft cooked eggs, 3 to 5
minutes. Hard cooked eggs, 18 to 20 minutes.
Cool eggs under cold water. This makes eggs easier to
handle, easier shelling hard cooked eggs and immediately stops
the cooking (overcooking causes yolks to become darkened).
Cracking shells slightly before cooling makes eggs easier to
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