Hard boiled eggs are one of the easiest things to ‘cook’ yet on my first attempt I ended up catching the water on fire! Actually, it was something under the electric burner that ignited, sending flames up and over the pot. But I have boiled all the water out of a pot before, which burns any mineral deposits left from the evaporated water, again, it catches fire. Fast forward to multiple attempts in cooking over the next 20 years (with guidance) to become a fairly confident at home cook. I owe a lot of that to my husband, Don who enjoys cooking!!
If your cooking attempts were like mine, I’m here to tell you that cooking hard boiled eggs is easy. No more gray egg yolks or undercooked yolks. Of course, you can make hard boiled eggs in a Hard Boiled Egg Cooker or an Instant Pot. But I’m going ‘old school’ for you AND boiling water in our RV on the propane cooktop. I also include water conservation ideas at the end of the blog for our fellow campers.
Always make more than you think you need since you’ll find it handy to have extra hard boiled eggs for our potato salad recipe, a chef salad, egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs and more.
What You Need:
- 6 Large Eggs – or more
- Saucepan/pot – that all the eggs fit in (single layer – not stacked)
- Cold Water – apx 3 to 6 cups
- Container – to cool eggs in
- Paper towel – to contain the eggshell mess (which can be composted)
- Tongs – to get them out of the hot water
- Optional: Cutting board and knife – if not using whole
Hard Boiled Eggs:
- Place the eggs in the pot (single layer)
- Add cold water to cover the eggs with a minimum of ½ inch
- Place the pot on the stove top and turn the burner to medium-high heat
- Soft boil water for 1 full minute
- Cover the pot and turn OFF the burner – leaving the pot on the burner
- Set a timer for your desired yoke doneness – we do 8 minutes – see pictures below
- Place the cooked eggs in ice cold water for 5 minutes
- Peel the eggs. Doing so when they are cold makes taking the shell off easier. You can also place the eggs into the fridge to peel later (they peel the best this way).
In an RV depending on your fridge the hot eggs going into the fridge will increase the overall temperature, so just be careful. A lot of times I’ll pop the eggs into the RV freezer for 10 minutes, again, it ups the freezer temp. You can leave the eggs out on the counter to cool before placing them in the fridge (it may hinder peeling off the shell). Or just peel them when they are hot.
Water Conservation Ideas:
- Use the right size pot to cook in. Having too big of a pot wastes water. We’ve found 8 large eggs fits well in our 2qt Belgique copper bottom saucepan w/lid. Requiring 3 cups of water to cook them in.
- If you don’t care about ‘perfect’ eggs, then you can skip the 3 cups of water needed to cool the eggs in. Just put them immediately into the RV fridge/freezer for 10 min to cool (see RV Note above). When making eggs for potato salad, egg salad or just to eat, do looks really matter? I don’t think so if it means more water I can save for something more important – like a shower.
- We use the 3 cups of hot water to do dinner dishes – which not only extends the life of the water but helps to remove oils that may have built up in the drain.
- We have also used the 3 cups of hot water to cook with (like our potato salad recipe).
- The 3 cups of cold water (the eggs cooled in) can be used for many things like: cooking water, doing dishes, watering plants, washing hands or the good ol’ toilet ‘flush’ water.
Thoughts On Hard Boiled Eggs?
How do you cook your hard boiled eggs? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out our Potato Salad Recipe too!
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