How to cook a "Hard Cooked" Egg
for dyeing Easter Eggs.
Gently place your eggs into a all clad stainless steal medium sized saucepan, large enough for the water to cover them about 1 inch above. ADD cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. HEAT to boiling.
Once your pan/pot has just started to boil, lower your flame to a very low simmer for about 1 minute.
Remove pan/pot from your burner, cover the pan/pot and let the eggs stand in the hot water about 15 minutes.
Gently drain your eggs immediately, and then cool them completely under cold running water and then place in refrigerator.
Once your eggs are cooled you can start dyeing them.
NJAPP Pro Tip 1: Hard-cooked egg vs Hard-Boiled egg: The cooking water must come to a full boil in this method, the pan/pot is immediately removed from the heat so that the eggs cook gently in the hot water. This produces tender, not rubbery, eggs and minimizes cracking. Thanks PAAS for the info on "Hard Cooked" eggs.
NJAPP Pro Tip 2: Do not forget to add a couple extra eggs into your pan/pot, this way you will have some extra eggs already prepped and ready to snack on.