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Eggs really should never be hard-boiled (in their shells), but rather hard-cooked; rigorous boiling causes eggs to jostle and crack, leaving the whites tough. The following steps show you how to prepare and peel hard-cooked eggs.

Steps for preparing and peeling hard-cooked eggs

  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan and add cold water to cover them by about 1 inch. Use a pan large enough to hold the eggs in a single layer, with no eggs on top of each other.
  2. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil over high heat. You want the water to start boiling as quickly as possible.
  3. Turn off the heat. If your stove is electric, remove the pan from the burner.
  4. Let the eggs stand in the covered pan: 12 minute for medium-sized eggs, 15 minutes for large eggs, and 18 minutes for jumbo-sized eggs. No peeking under the cover! You want to keep the heat in the pan to cook the eggs.
  5. Carefully drain the eggs in a colander and run cold water over them.

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