To boil eggs with baking soda, determine which of your eggs are oldest by watching their motion in water, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water, and place the oldest eggs in the pot of water. Adding baking soda makes it easier to peel the eggs after they have been cooked.
- Check the age of your eggs
For the best results, older eggs are better than very fresh eggs. Check the age of the eggs by putting them in water. If they sink to the bottom and lay on their side, they are too fresh. If they float, they are rotten and should be discarded. Ideal eggs sit on the bottom with the narrow end floating upward.
- Warm the eggs
Put the eggs into a bowl of warm water until they are roughly room temperature. While the eggs are warming, fill a pot with water. Make sure the pot is large enough for the eggs to sit in one layer at the bottom. Do not begin heating the water yet.
- Add baking soda to the water
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water. When the baking soda is mixed in, add the eggs. There should be enough water in the pot to cover the eggs by at least an inch. Add more if necessary.
- Cook the eggs
Turn the burner to medium-high, and carefully watch the water. Remove the pot from the heat when the water reaches a strong simmer. Do not let the water reach a rolling boil. Cover the pot with a lid, and wait 10 to 12 minutes.
- Cool and peel the eggs
Make an ice bath by putting ice into a bowl of water. Put the eggs into the ice bath. Crack the top and bottom of each egg, gently roll it on its side, and remove the shell underneath the water.