How to Stop Boiled Eggs From Turning Grey

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You know how it goes: you made boiled eggs for a holiday meal and when you crack them open there is that grey green ring around the yolk. So how to stop boiled eggs from turning grey?

There are a lot of online instructions, but it ultimately comes down to getting those eggs out of the hot water and stopping them from cooking. But here’s the whole setup.

Cooking Hard Boiled Eggs

Food goddess Ina Garten offers these steps:

  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan and add enough cold water to cover.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and immediately turn off the heat. Let the eggs sit in the pan for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the eggs to a bowl and allow to rest for at least 2 minutes. When the eggs are cool enough to handle, crack the eggs on each side and then roll them back and forth with your hand, breaking up the shell. Remove and discard the shell.

If you’ve tried this method and it doesn’t work, here’s another method to stop boiled eggs from turning grey.

Run cold water over the just-cooked eggs or place them in a bowl or container of ice water until they have completely cooled. Then refrigerate the eggs in their shells until you’re ready to use them.

By the way, hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be refrigerated up to one week.

How to Keep the Shell from Cracking

Here’s a tricky way to keep your egg shells from cracking. Check out the video for this simple household trick.

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