Cooking Tips: Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
1) Gently place the eggs into a pot with enough cold water to cover them by about 1 inch. Make sure your pot is big enough to hold the eggs in one layer to avoid cracking.
2) Here's the super-secret cooking tip no one tells you: Pour a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of salt into the cooking water. Why does this tip work? If any of the eggs crack while cooking, the acidity of the vinegar will interact with the egg white causing it to coagulate and possibly fill in the crack instead of leaking all over the place. The salt can also help firm up the egg whites and make the shell easier to peel.
3) Cover the pot with a snugly fitting lid. Cook on high heat until water begins to boil.
4) Turn off the heat, leave the pot covered and let sit on a hot burner for 12 minutes. Don't start your timer until the water has actually come to a boil.
4) Remove the pot from heat, remove eggs with a slotted spoon.
5) Place eggs in ice water for about 5 minutes to stop the cooking process.
6) Remove the eggs from the ice water, then peel under running water to rinse off tiny bits of shell.