Have you ever tried to boil a freshly laid egg? Don’t. I have my own chickens and gather eggs daily. I have tried it, don’t do it, it’s a waste of an egg. It’s a big mess with most of the egg non-eatable because it is stuck to the shell. Half your egg will be stuck to the shell. If you are using store-bought eggs most of those eggs are already aged 4 to 6 weeks or older so they are ready to boil. It is best to let the freshly laid egg sit for 4 to 8 weeks. I go with the latter, 8 weeks or older. This will allow the membrane to release from the shell of the egg. A properly boiled and perfectly aged egg is what you need in order to have an easy-peel. Here is the scientific reason behind this. Super fresh eggs are difficult to peel because the pH of the white is low which causes it to adhere to the shell membrane more tightly. So, what can you do? Use aged eggs that have aged 6 to 10 weeks. See my blog on Testing a Rotten Egg. I test my egg as I prepare them to boil. I have tested a lot of methods for boiling fresh eggs for the perfect hard-boiled egg. This one that I share is the tried and true one I use every time.

Start with a pan of cold water. Enough to cover 1 inch from the top of the egg.

Place lid on the pan. Do not remove until the time is up.

When water comes to a boil. Turn off heat.

Start timer! Let the egg sit.

  • 11-13 minutes for small eggs
  • 13-15 for medium eggs
  • 15-18 minutes for large or extra-large eggs

After allowed time pour out hot water. I cover the pan with the lid and potholders and pour out the water.

Add cold water and a lot of ice cubes to cool egg quickly. Shock those eggs cold.

After egg has cooled, shell eggs.

Shells should slide off eggs.

Perfect boil

Notes**That dark gray-green ring around the yellow center of an egg is the sulfur of an over boiled egg. Next time decrease the boil time by one or two minutes, or more if necessary. See how to test an egg that’s boiled.

Remember Hard-boiled eggs are the perfect on the go, for the hubs, or kids. Put them in your kids’ lunch for an easy nutritious meal. Keep them shelled and stored in Tupperware for a meal on the go. You can add them to gravy or make egg salad sandwiches. There are so many things you can do with the wonderful egg.