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How to Boil an Easter Egg

Easter Eggs

Colored Easter Eggs


Yes, it is that time of year when the fridge is full of egg cartons and colored tablets will fizz when plopped in vinegar. The kids are giddy with anticipation of creating rainbow colored eggs.

Hubs and I just had a discussion on the length it takes to make hard-boiled eggs. I said that it would take longer because there were more eggs in the pot. He said it wouldn't matter. So, to set things straight I did what every person does these days to settle our arguement discussion, I typed the question into Google:

“How long does it take to boil a dozen eggs?”

And this is the awesome site that popped up: What's Cooking America.

Use the following cooking times as a guide for the desired firmness for the yolk of each egg size (the whites will be firm). The timing begins once the pot of eggs is removed from the heat source.

Egg Size Degree of Doneness Time Required
Medium Soft-cooked yolk 3 minutes
  Medium-cooked yolk 5 minutes
  Hard-cooked yolk 12  minutes
Large Soft-cooked yolk 4 to 5 minutes
  Medium-cooked yolk 6 minutes
  Hard-cooked yolk 17 minutes
Extra Large Soft-cooked yolk 5 minutes
  Medium-cooked yolk 7 to 8 minutes
  Hard-cooked yolk 19 minutes
It has a whole bunch of great information and pictures to show how each stage of cooking (shown in above table) looks when you crack open your egg. Since I want ours to be hard-boiled, I'm looking at the 20 minute range.
This site is awesome- who knew that there could be SO much information on making an egg?
And after reading carefully, looks like hubs was right.
I am the one with egg on my face.
Budum-bump. *corny humor-gotta love it!*
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and have lots of chocolate to enjoy….oh, and egg salad too.
How do you prepare your Easter Egg? Do you make yours with one color? Stripes? Stickers?


Monday 25th of April 2011

You know what I've always found weird? The exact time it needs to sit. Not 15. Not 20. But riiiiight in the middle. :)


Monday 25th of April 2011

You are absolutely right! :)


Saturday 23rd of April 2011

Today, I am going to boil my first egg. My daughter is 2 and we are going to color Easter eggs! Thanks for this article.

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Saturday 23rd of April 2011

What a fun age!! I miss that time with the kids...feels like so long ago! So glad that this article helped...Have fun!


Saturday 23rd of April 2011

I know!! Me too!


Saturday 23rd of April 2011

What a great site! Every year I have to google how long to cook them for until they are hard boiled.