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How to Perfectly Peel a Hard Boiled Egg with 6 Easy Tips

Country Living logo Country Living 2/13/2020 Lyndsey Matthews

For an easy, on-the-go breakfast, many people turn to a classic hard boiled egg. Not only is it delicious, but it's full of protein that will give you some much needed energy in the morning. Even if it's not for an early morning wake-up, there are plenty of reasons you may be seeking out how to make perfect hard boiled eggs, and most importantly—what's the best way to peel a hard boiled egg. We're all familiar with fussing with your array of beautiful Easter egg decorations on Easter morning, trying to peel off the colored layer only to wind up with a pile of tiny discarded shards of the shell. Or, maybe you're trying to make a big batch of egg salad for a family picnic and need to peel dozens of eggs. How can you avoid the annoyance of trying to peel the shell off but end up peeling half the egg off with it?

For any egg-related inquiries, these easy tricks will show you exactly what to do in order to achieve a perfect peel every time. You may want to pay attention before you even boil the eggs, as there are some tips that might lead to a shell with more give.

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1. Add Your Eggs After the Water Boils

Some say that adding eggs to a pot of water that's already boiling and letting them simmer for 12 minutes will make them easier to peel, instead of the traditional method of adding eggs to a pot of cold water and then bringing them to a boil together. Rhoda Boone of Epicurious swears by this method and says it allows her to peel a dozen eggs in just 104 seconds.

2. Age Your Eggs

Older eggs are easier to peel. If you know you’re going to hard boil eggs for an event like Easter, plan ahead and use eggs that have been in your refrigerator for at least a week.

“As eggs mature, their moisture gradually lessens through the pores in the shell, causing air pockets at the tip to expand,” Jorie Nicole McDonald of Southern Living explains. “This results in the shell loosening from the egg white, making them much easier to peel.”

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3. Only Use Chilled Eggs

Make sure your eggs are chilled before they’re boiled to make them easier to peel.

4. Crack Each Egg Before the Water Bath

Letting your hard boiled eggs chill in a bath of ice water will make them easier to handle, but by cracking each egg slightly before placing them in the ice water, you’ll allow water to seep under the shell making it easier to separate the egg white once you go to peel it.

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5. Peel From the Wider End

Once your eggs are cool, peel the shell off from the larger end. Since that’s where the air pocket is located, it’ll be much easier to slip your fingers underneath the shell and remove it in larger pieces.

6. Peel Under Running Water

If you're still struggling, peel the eggs under cold running water, which will help separate the shell from the egg.


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