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How to Keep Your Hard Boiled Eggs From Cracking During Cooking

Fresh hard boiled eggs with shell beside on wooden board.
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Hard boiling eggs is a great way to have a quick, healthy, protein-filled snack or breakfast on hand. They’re easy to make, inexpensive, and you can make large batches of them at once.

If you’ve ever made your own hard boiled eggs, you’ve probably had a least of couple of the eggs’ shells crack or split during the cooking process.

While hard boiled eggs with cracked shells are still safe to eat, this often leads to bloated or distorted eggs. And they don’t last as long in the fridge.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this common annoyance.

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Don't have access to a stovetop or hot plate? You can still enjoy hard boiled and poached eggs plus omelets at home with this handy egg cooker.

All you have to do is let your eggs warm up to room temperature before you pop them into the water. If you stick them directly from the cold fridge into boiling water, such in a quick and extreme change in temperature often causes eggshells to crack.

Therefore you’ll want to leave the eggs out on the counter for 15-20 minutes before boiling them. Or, alternatively, you can stash your eggs in a bowl of room temperature water as your cooking water heats up.

Either way, this will help you to create better-looking hard boiled eggs every time, no cracked eggshells in sight.

Meghan Herlihy Meghan Herlihy
Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and How-To Geek and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »
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