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Overcooking hard-boiled eggs is a common mistake that results in that unappealing gray ring around a chalky, crumbly yolk. But no worries -- there's a foolproof method for perfect eggs every time.
Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover with two inches of cool water. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Remove the eggs from the flame, cover and let sit for exactly 13 minutes (use a timer). While they're resting in hot water, set up an ice bath by placing a tray of ice cubes in a large bowl of cold water. When the 13 minutes are up, gently transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let cool for at least ten minutes (this helps contract the egg from the shell, making it easier to peel).
Next, gently tap the narrow end of the egg on the counter top – you'll notice some empty space inside the egg; this is the best place to begin peeling. Run the egg under cold water, gently remove the shell, dry off the egg and enjoy.