How to Keep Yolks in the Center of Hard Boiled Eggs

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Hard boiled eggs are easy enough to make, and they're a fuss-free snack that packs a punch of protein in a low-calorie package. When you're slicing them for garnish or chopping them for egg salad, there's no pressure to present them perfectly, but if you're preparing deviled eggs or serving them sliced in half, you may want the yolks right in the center. Not only does it make your eggs look better, but it makes them easier to prepare. When the yolks are right in the middle, you're less likely to tear a thin edge of the white or have trouble removing and re-stuffing the yolk. So how do you get your egg yolks centered? It's not as complicated as you might think. Boiling the eggs on their sides is the key, as it keeps the yolks an even distance away from either end of the eggs.

Turn the eggs on their sides the night before you plan to boil them. If you’re doing a bunch of eggs at one time, stand the whole egg carton on its side. Turning the eggs on their sides will allow the yolks to center in the shells instead of falling to one end. Secure your egg carton with a rubber band or piece of tape to keep it from falling open, and put it in a secure place.

Place the eggs on their sides in a pot and cover the eggs completely with cold water. Do not crowd the pot or layer the eggs. Each egg should be allowed to lie horizontally. If you need to, use a second pot or boil eggs in smaller batches. Bring all eggs to a boil over medium-high heat.

Once the eggs starts to boil, place a lid on the pot and remove the pot from the heat. Let the pot with the eggs sit for 15 minutes.

Carefully remove the eggs from the pot, using tongs if necessary, and place them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Eggs that aren’t cooled will continue to cook and can develop tough whites and a green or gray ring around the yolks.

Peel the eggs and slice them in half horizontally to reveal perfectly centered yolks.