Ever wonder how you get the perfect hard-boiled eggs? Here’s what you need. Eggs, a pot, a bowl a slotted spoon and water. First, place your eggs in the pot. Fill the pot with cool water, covering the eggs by one inch. Here’s a tip to tell if your eggs will peel well. If they lay flat on the bottom, they are too fresh. If they float, they are a little too old. If they stand up, they are perfect. Leaving your eggs in the fridge for seven to ten days before boiling will be just about right. Bring your water to a rolling boil over high heat. Turn it down to medium high and set your timer. Start with four minutes for a soft-boiled egg and go up to nine for a very firm hard boiled egg. Remove the eggs and run them under cool water or put them in an ice bath to stop them cooking. It’s also easier to peel the eggs under running water. And there you have it, perfectly boiled eggs, every time.