The Only Tool You Need For Perfectly Boiled Eggs

August 2, 2014 by


After my Grandmother’s Memorial Service, my mom, aunts, cousins, and I were going through her room cherishing our time together, sharing memories of her, and claiming the items that meant the most to us.

Among many precious things, my Aunt Patrice found a package with an egg timer in it. She laughed as she recalled how Grandma made sure all of her daughters had one in each of their kitchens. When I asked what it was, my aunt was surprised that my Grandma hadn’t given me one, so I got to bring that one home with me.

After using it for the first time, I was hooked. In all my years of cooking hard boiled eggs, I gave it my best, but I inevitably ended up with the greenish hue of the overcooked egg or a mushier-than-I’d-like center. Since using this timer for the last almost year and a half, they have come out perfect every time.

This baby works! And it’s not expensive. I think it is worth every penny. Give it a try for yourself. It also makes a great bridal gift or stocking stuffer.

You can purchase the Norpro Egg Timer here. Amazon’s prices are always subject to change, but right now, it is under $7!

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The package comes with the directions, but it has a heat sensitive sensor with graduated scales that show when the eggs are soft, medium, or hard. I have only used this for hard boiled eggs, so I cannot speak to how it cooks soft or medium, but I can tell you that my eggs have cooked perfectly each and every time.

The package directions suggest using room temperature tap water and bringing the eggs and eggtimer to a medium boil. I have read that adding regular white vinegar to the water before boiling makes the eggs easier to peel, so I usually add a splash to the water (maybe 1/8 of a cup). When my sensor shows the desired cooking level, I simply remove from heat, carefully dump into my stainless steel strainer in the sink, and rinse with cold water. I will usually place them in the refrigerator to cool completely as I have read that eggs peel better when cold.

Please note that the package states that the egg timer should be allowed to cool at room temperature and never immersed in cold water.

Stay tuned for future posts on what I do with hard boiled eggs. 

What do you think? Have you used this egg timer or something like it? What is your favorite way to cook eggs?

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4 Responses to The Only Tool You Need For Perfectly Boiled Eggs

  1. Joyce

    I never have problems with peeling my hard boiled eggs. I start cold eggs with enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil. The moment they begin to boil, I remove them from the heat, cover them with a lid and let them sit away from the heat for ten minutes. I then drain and rinse in cold water, and crack the shells and allow to sit in cold water till I am ready to peel them. Perfectly tender hard boiled eggs, peel easily and ready to add and use in my recipe. Perfect every time. I always save the eggs that are the oldest in the fridge for this because they peel the easiest. We love eggs and use tons in our potato salads, macaroni salads, egg salad sandwiches etc. Yum!

    • Heather

      You bring up a good point, Joyce. Older eggs are much easier to peel. I have challenges sometimes as mine come from my backyard so they are very fresh. I try to use the freshest eggs for cooking and keep a batch of older eggs for boiling. We love eggs, too. They are a healthy and inexpensive protein as well as delicious and versatile.

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