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 one thing to know Peeling a hard boiled egg can be annoying, whether you’re peeling just one or enough how to make hard boiled eggs for a crowd, and it’s another thing knowing how to peel them without going insane… or tearing them to pieces. Here are three tips.
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- Older is better. The fresher the egg, the tighter the egg white clings to the shell’s inner membrane. As an egg ages, its shell becomes more porous, allowing air between the shell and the white. This means the egg inside the shell begins to shrink ever so slightly, so when the egg is cooked it won’t cling so tightly to the shell. Of course, you don’t want to cook rotten eggs, but those which have been in your fridge for over a week work best.
- Use opposite temperatures. While peeling, run eggs under water that’s the opposite temperature of the egg itself. If they’ve just been boiled 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 slightly, making it easier to peel.
- 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 with the pad of your thumb on the outside of the shell. Run the cup of the spoon around the egg, beneath the shell, and it will slip right off. And, of course, rinse your eggs well once peeled because nobody likes biting into a tiny chunks of shell.
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