I have hard boiled many an egg in my thirty-five years of existence. Aside from maybe a good over-medium cooked egg (a la Dan), the hard boiled variety is my favorite. I like to cook them in large batches and eat them throughout the week. They make great, quick breakfasts or snacks or toppings for a salad or they can be easily turned into egg salad sandwiches.
Enough about my love for the hard boiled egg, and onto making them!
This technique can be used for boiling a large batch of eggs, or just one or two of them.
Pour enough water into a saucepan that when your eggs are immersed, there will be about one inch of water above them.
Carefully place the eggs into the pan and place the pan on your stovetop. Turn the burner on High. Once the water comes to a rapid boil, immediately remove the pan from the heat source.
Cover the pan with a lid and set a timer for 15 minutes. While you are waiting, get out a large bowl (or a small bowl, if you are only cooking a few eggs) and pour cold water into just over half of it. Have a large, slotted spoon nearby.
When the timer goes off, you must act quickly (but carefully)! The eggs will continue to cook when hot, even if they are no longer in the hot water. Use the slotted spoon to transfer the eggs from the saucepan into the bowl of cold water. I take an extra step beyond this to ensure the eggs don't continue cooking. Once they are in the cold water, I take them out one at a time and hold them under cold running water for about 20 seconds apiece.
When I am making a smaller batch, I peel the shells off right away because they come off a lot easier immediately after being cooked. However, eggs keep longer in the refrigerator when their shells remain intact. Hard boiled eggs with shells will be good for one week in the fridge. Without shells, they are only good for around four days in the fridge. And they should always be in the fridge!
To peel the shells, knock the egg gently but firmly on the countertop so the shell cracks. Peel the cracked shell away from the egg until it is completely off and rinse under cold water again.
Happy hard-boiled egg eating!