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Hard boiled egg question. I put my eggs in pot filled with water and then on stove turn on burner to high and bring to boil. Lately though my eggscracks/pop before they get to the boil point. Then i have egg seep out which makes it messy and usually i dump that egg. Why are my eggs popping?? TIA

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Last updated: Dec. 5, 2012 9:29 am
Posted: Dec. 5, 2012 4:46 am
Commented by: manella
Dec. 5, 2012 4:52 am
Hi Barb, i put mine in cold water with a squirt of vinager in the water,bring to a boil,turn off the heat,and let them sit for 10 minutes,then run them under cold water.
Dec. 5, 2012 4:55 am
Sorry forgot to add,doing hard boiled eggs this way has always worked for me,never had one broken.
Dec. 5, 2012 5:07 am
Hi, ditto I put a big squirt. The vinegar normally seals any cracks that may appear. If there is a big crack when cooking just squirt in more and the white will harden a nd seal.---- Don't throw away. Just cook as normal run under cold water and remove the white bit, probably still edible if wish. Watch when break shell as water may have gathered in space where white seeped from. Hope helps. cheers.
Commented by: Thisni Caza
Dec. 5, 2012 5:30 am
You might try bringing them to a boil with medium or medium high heat ... if you're currently using high. I don't know if that's the problem but it's worth a try.
Karen Scully
Dec. 5, 2012 6:31 am
Eggs should be at room temperature as well. If they are not, run them under some hot water first.
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Ken's Perfect Hard Boiled Egg (And I Mean Perfect)

Submitted by: Ken 
Living In: Monroe, Michigan, USA
The use of a little salt and vinegar makes these hard boiled eggs easy to peel with no tearing or sticking. 
Recommended by: mamakittyto3
Dec. 5, 2012 6:04 am
I'm not sure about your question, but I follow this recipe and it works amazingly well.
Commented by: Susan
Dec. 5, 2012 8:37 am
Possibly your eggs are too fresh? Older eggs are better for hard boiled. Also setting them out to room temp first as suggested above.
Dec. 5, 2012 9:02 am
Start with cold water and put in the eggs. My guess is your are turning the setting up too high make the shells crack as they expand.
Commented by: PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Dec. 5, 2012 9:13 am
Steam your eggs instead, perfect every time. ...
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Dec. 5, 2012 9:19 am
I steam cold from the fridge eggs for 15 minutes at a full boil (7 mark) then dump in an ice bath to cool. Had a few green rings when I tried just leaving them to cool. We take eggs out at 8-9 for a soft center then cool in ice water bath, peel, put back in steamer to reheat for soft "boiled". So much easier.
Dec. 5, 2012 9:29 am
I found that if I use a needle or a pin to poke a little hole in the rounded end of the egg, it keeps them from cracking. Also, like others suggested, they should be allowed to warm up a little before putting the heat on them..also and MOST important, fresh eggs are harder to peel, use your older eggs to hard cook...not the ones you just bought!!
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