Fool-Proof Boiled Eggs
Special thanks to the American Egg Board for these instructions.
Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold eggs in a single layer. Cover with cold water to a depth of 1 inch over the eggs.
Bring just to a boil; remove from burner and cover pan. Let eggs stand in hot water about 15 minutes for large or 12 minutes for medium size eggs. (18 minutes for extra large)
Cool completely by immersing in ice water or by running cold water over them.
For directions on peeling hard boiled eggs, thanks again to the American Egg Board.
Special Note (February 2, 2016): Thanks to my brother, Dwayne, for this tip. Rather than boiling the eggs, place in a steamer instead. Cook for same amount of time. This method has worked for me very well!
Bring a bit of water to a boil in stock pot. Place steamer basket with one layer of eggs it the bottom of the pot. Cover; reduce heat to gentle simmer, and steam for about 12 minutes for hard boiled eggs. Remove to ice bath when cooking time is complete. Here is a site that gives more details on how to steam eggs.