Should you make or buy your hard-boiled eggs? Time to crack this mystery wide open.

home-cooked and store-bought hardboiled eggs
Photography by Peter Ardito
| Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito


Cooking your eggs at home requires a little time, for sure, but it is literally as easy as boiling water. If you DIY, you'll get tender whites and yolks exactly how you like them, anywhere between just set to firm. Eggs your way? How a-peeling! Prep: 25 minutes, Price: 30¢ per egg


If you're on the hook for a plate of deviled eggs and you don't want to mess up your mani peeling them, it might be worth shelling out for pre-peeled eggs. That said, their texture tends to be tough, and they're nearly double the price. Prep: 0 minutes, Price: 55¢ per egg

And the winner is... Homemade!

Make Your Own

Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; remove the pan from heat. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes for a barely cooked-through yolk or 15 minutes for a fully cooked yolk. Drain the hot water, fill with ice water and let stand until the eggs are cool. Drain, crack and peel.