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When I was asked this question recently I replied “Why don’t you Google it?” Now the answer surprised me, because it appeared that Google had been consulted but had actually raised more questions than answers. So here are the two methods I find work the best.

For chilled eggs

  • While the kettle is boiling put a pan large enough to accommodate your eggs, on the stove top.
  • Gently place eggs into the saucepan. Replace any that have a hairline fracture. Pour the water from the kettle into the saucepan but not directly over the eggs. Turn on the heat and bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain water, run under cold water and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Drain water, roll the eggs on a flat surface and see how easy it is to remove the shell.

For room temperature eggs

  • Put a pan large enough to accommodate your eggs, on the stove top.
  • Gently place eggs into the saucepan. Replace any that have a hairline fracture. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain water, run under cold water and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Drain water, roll eggs on a flat surface and see how easy it is to remove the shell.
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