Ask any egg aficionado how to boil eggs, and they might start by telling you something you weren’t expecting to hear: Start with old eggs instead of fresh eggs. Here’s how to make hard-boiled eggs that come out perfectly every single time. How Long to Boil an Egg4 minutes: Ramen-style, jammy soft-boiled eggsRamen-style, jammy soft-boiled eggs 5 minutes: firm white eggs with runny yolkfirm white eggs with runny yolk 6 minutes: firm white eggs with gooey yolkfirm white eggs with gooey yolk 8 minutes: firm white eggs with fully set yolk, but still sort of gooey and goldenfirm white eggs with fully set yolk, but still sort of gooey and golden 10 minutes: firm white eggs with a firmer pale yolk, with just a bit softness in the middlefirm white eggs with a firmer pale yolk, with just a bit softness in the middle 12 minutes: firm white eggs with an almost completely hard-boiled yolkfirm white eggs with an almost completely hard-boiled yolk 14 minutes: firm white eggs with a completely hard-boiled—crumbly and dry—pale yolk4. Hard-boiled eggs, whether shelled or unshelled, can be kept in your refrigerator for up to a week. Check out our best hard-boiled eggs recipes—if these ideas don’t inspire you to learn how to boil eggs perfectly, nothing will.
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