Making hard boiled eggs is one of those things that seems so easy, but there’s somehow still a whole lot that can go wrong. One common mistake often leads to them cracking while they’re in the pot — but there’s a simple way to keep hard boiled eggs from cracking.
It turns out, the key is to make sure you’re not adding cold eggs straight from the fridge into your boiling water. Instead, let them come up to room temperature first.
You can do this by leaving them out on the counter for about 20 minutes, or you can let them sit in a bowl of room temperature water while you wait for the pot to boil. According to Jake Cohen from the Feedfeed, it should only take about five minutes for the eggs to warm up to room temperature, too. This way, you end up with what he describes as “super perfect eggs.”
Take a look at the quick clip below to see how it works:
There’s no denying that’s a great looking result!
Even if you plan on skipping the boiling part of “hard boiled” eggs with Alton Brown’s trick for baking them in the oven instead, we bet this tip will help keep them from cracking as they heat up.
Now the only question is whether you want to nom your perfect hard boiled eggs on their own, whip them into a delicious egg salad, or maybe create a whole tray of deviled eggs to snack on. Whichever way you choose, you won’t have to worry about the egg whites trying to run away while they cook.
And if you’re finding it difficult to remove the shell from your egg after they’ve cooled down, you can click here for an easy trick to peel them in a snap!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.