Getting an egg to cook just right through boiling isn't as easy as just throwing it in a pot of water. The timing is important; otherwise you could have an overcooked egg.
Someone at church gave me these instructions. This does always seem to make a great hard-boiled egg. The shells come right off, and the egg is cooked through perfectly.
Put the eggs in a pan of cold water. Bring to a boil, then cook for 2 minutes. Turn the heat off. Cover the pan and let stand for 11 minutes. Transfer the eggs to cold water and let them soak until cooled. Peel off the shells and enjoy.
Reprinted with permission from ©The Amish Cook at Home by Lovina Eicher with Kevin Williams, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing click for book review