How To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs Easily

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Knowing how to peel hard boiled eggs easily can be a real help when you’re in charge of making dozens upon dozens of Deviled Eggs for a potluck, as I was recently. It’s just so frustrating to find the eggs tearing or getting those unattractive dents, not to mention how time-consuming it can be to get all of the pieces of shell off… unless you know these three tricks.

How To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs Easily

Older is better. The fresher the egg, the tighter the white clings to the shell’s inner membrane. As an egg ages the shell becomes more porous, allowing air between the shell and the white. In the process, the egg begins shrinking slightly inside its shell which means it won’t cling to the membrane as much. Of course, you don’t want to cook rotten eggs but those which have been in your fridge for a week or two work best.

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Use opposite temperatures. While peeling, run eggs under water that’s the opposite temperature of the egg itself. If they’ve just been boiled, drained, and dunked in an ice bath, the egg itself will still be a bit warm so run them under cold water. If you’re peeling previously boiled eggs that just came out of the fridge, run them under hot water. This temperature difference will cause the egg to shrink back from the inner membrane which gives you room to…

Spoon it. The easiest way to peel a hard boiled egg is to crack it lightly on the larger end then slip the tip of a spoon beneath the shell while holding the egg under running water. (See above.) Keep the cup of the spoon facing the egg and slide it around beneath the membrane until the shell slips off.

Don’t throw those shells away when you’re done peeling the eggs, either: try these unusual uses for egg shells. Made too many? Then try these recipes for leftover hard boiled eggs!

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  1. Cathy says

    If you know you have fresh eggs, I have found that cracking the shell well (lots of little cracks) then allowing the egg to soak for about 10 minutes in a bowl of plain water makes them much easier to peel! Thanks for all your helpful insights! (Although I’m not sure how helpful they are at the moment as I have been on your blog for the last hour as opposed to actually DOING the housework…LOL!)


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