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How to Peel Your Eggs Perfectly, Every Single Time

Food52 logo Food52 9/18/2019 Kenzi Wilbur
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The best kitchen tips are usually passed along from friends, or parents, or—if you work in an office with an always-bustling test kitchen—from colleagues.

And such is the case with eggs. We all learned to cook them from someone, somewhere; they're personal, they're nostalgic, and also pretty genius. But make no mistakes—they can be finicky, and, when hard-boiled, a real pain to peel.

Enter one of our own, Blake, with his trick for the perfect way to peel a hard boiled egg, gleaned from the kitchen of Blue Hill where he used to work. We tried it immediately, and tested it a whole bunch of times, and we've never looked back. What followed was a whole new world—and some massively upgraded deviled eggs.

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So, here, without delay, is the absolute cleanest, most pain-free way to peel a hard boiled egg, no blowing or wooden cane required.

How to peel hard boiled eggs

-Cook your eggs however you likeslightly older eggs will make it easier to peel, but using them is not necessary.

-The next step is to cool the eggs down in an ice bath or a bowl of chilly water, where they should stay a full five minutes or so.

-Once they are cool enough to handle, fill a clean bowl with room temperature water, and submerge them, one at a time.

-Using the edge of the bowl to knock them, you can now start cracking the shell.

-Once cracked, the water helps to gently separate both the membrane—that attaches itself with a vice-like grip to the egg—and the shell from the egg white, making it so much easier to peel.

Presto! The world's shiniest, smoothest, pearliest eggs to impress your friends with. Just don't forget to pass on the tip.

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