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How To Hard Boil Eggs In 10 Minutes Flat

February 1st, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 6 secs

An incorrectly boiled egg.

If you’re the type who tends to burn water, you’ll need these instructions on how to hard boil eggs. Otherwise, you could well turn the little darlings into congealed lumps of rubber with all the sinister flavor of boiled golf balls (and before you ask, no I haven’t eaten any…lately).

It amazes me that anyone would think that it’s hard to boil a hard boiled egg because it’s on par with tying shoelaces or catching your cat (actually the last one can be hard, especially if you’re in the process of tying your shoelaces).

But there is no secret to how to hard boil eggs. You just need:

  • A smallish saucepan
  • Water
  • An egg (you can have more than one if you’re really hungry)
  • A stove to cook it on (microwaves won’t do, unless you’re into egg-splosions).

As I’m an unashamedly common cook, my advice on how to hard boil an egg (or hen fruit, cackleberry, or googy egg as we call them in Australia) is based on necessity, because I don’t want to waste ingredients (and I’m sure you don’t either).

So, do these simple things and you’ll never be overweight again, your neighbors will be amazed, and your partner will adore you forever. Mind-blowing, considering I’m only showing you how to hard-boil eggs.

If possible, let your said eggs warm up toward room temperature before you boil them to blazes. This stops them cracking and having all their guts spill out (which is never a nice thing for anyone).

Then, place your eggs (What, you want three now? You must be getting really hungry. How about a piece of fruit… instead?) one at a time carefully into the saucepan and cover them with cold water. Around this time, I like to scratch my head and have a stretch. It won’t help your quest in how to hard boil eggs. But it is relaxing.  Besides which, getting too tense renders your eggs into forlorn little things that only a mother could love. So you don’t want that.

Having done all that a barely capable male can do, put the saucepan on the cooktop and bring it all to the boil for, say, 10 minutes (9 minutes and 53 seconds is also okay). The end result is a clutch of beautifully hard-boiled eggs that you can show your friends to earn headshaking looks of wonder. The science of how to boil eggs in 10 minutes is now with you, so guard it well.

But take heed! Unless you follow these instructions egg-zactly, you won’t know how to hard boil eggs at all. Over boilers will end up with the aforementioned hard-boiled golf balls. While, timid boilers will discover the yolk is on them (literally). Oh, and “panhandlers” take note: bashing your eggs together is not only uncomfortable, but you and your eggs will probably crack up. Take care!

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  1. David Howe says:

    That’s all good if you’re going to eat your googie egg right away, but if you want to have them later and cold, this is the bit you need. Once the timer has made all its noise and you worked out what it was, remove from the cook-top and place the pan in the sink and run cold water into it let your handiwork sit for 5 or 10 minutes, 7:37 seconds is good, this stops the cooking process and makes it easier to get them out of their shells.
    I probably should say that anyone with a heart condition should limit themselves to only one egg per day.