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How to Peel an Egg

July 06, 2011


If you ever invite me to a party, please don't ask me to bring deviled eggs, or boiled eggs, or any variation of a hard egg that isn't diced and mixed among other chunky ingredients. Because I'm really, really awful at peeling eggs. I just don't understand it! There is a repertoire of YouTube videos dedicated to this art, and still! My eggs look awful, every time. (I feel like it is appropriate to note here: there are lots of video tutorials showing how to peel off each end and blow to make the egg pop out one end. That is just gross, unless I'm the only one eating the egg, because then all my saliva is getting all over each egg. And don't tell me you don't spit just a little when blowing that hard to get an egg out. You do. Everyone does.)

I've tried boiling the water, using my egg timer, simmering the water, using a stopwatch, and...well, you can see my results. See that egg to the right? The one nestled within its shell? That's so you can see how I peel off entire chunks of egg with the peel. I need help. Egg help.

Is there an easier way to peel eggs? Some secret trick that doesn't involve spitting on them? Do tell.



What kind of eggs are you using? I'm guessing good ones by the brown shells. I had this problem with eggs that came from my mom's farm. They were awful for boiling and peeling because they were too new, they did exactly what yours are doing. Grocery store eggs are old--like probably at least a month old--and these were a week at most.

What I do is: bring the water to a boil. Put in the eggs. Boil for 8-10 minutes. Immediately run pan under cold water and add some ice. Crack the shell by rolling it around on the counter, pressing down a teeny bit, so it cracks all over. Peel it under cold running water. Works every time for me.


Boil the eggs in lots and lots of salt. Works almost every time. A little trick I learned from Jason's mom.


Use old eggs! The older they are, the less they are attached to the membrane that holds the shell together. So next time you're supposed to make deviled eggs, don't go by new ones, get that month old carton put of the back of the fridge!


I agree with the older eggs comment. The only way I get a clean peel are with eggs that aren't freshly purchased from the store. have to leave them in the fridge for a couple weeks at least.


Cracking it a little and then peeling under cold water. Either from the facet or from the cold water they were sitting in. Old or new didn't matter for me. And I used eggs from my grandma's chickens hours old and from the store. Brown and white, too.


I can't help, sorry! I am a really bad cook, and I only eat hard-boiled eggs when my grandmother makes them deviled.


I'm with the roll on the counter so that most of the shell is cracked then peel under cold water method too. Are you waiting for them to cool? However, my best advice is to buy them in the refrigerated section, Egglands Best sells them boiled and shelled. This is how I make deviled eggs, they are not cheap but boy is my time worth the extra money!


I actually just boiled 4 eggs yesterday for a covered dish I was taking to a friend's house and I find that if I peel them over running water it makes the whole process easier. Plus I feel like they get a good "washing" that way. Also, I find that when I make a large crack to begin peeling, it usually makes it messier; smaller pieces are the way to go :)


Hi, yes, some eggs just tend to do that to you. I do not agree with some comments on using older eggs, the fresher the better is my take. Here is how I boil them: In a small sauce pan I cover the eggs with cold water and turn on the heat. As soon as they start to boil I set the timer to 5 minutes. On the sound I turn off the heat and bring the pan to the sink where I run cold water over the eggs in the pot. I let them stand a few minutes to cool off before I peel them. Just tapping them lightly on the counter to break the shell works fine. Peeling them under running water is also a good suggestion as it cleans them. Good luck.


Use a thumb tack and poke a tiny hole in the wide side of the egg. Boil water BEFORE adding the eggs. Once it starts to boil, add the eggs and cook for 14 minutes. Drain and run old water over eggs when done. They come out perfect. Easy to peel and no green ring around the yoke. :)


Hey Jes!

Good to see you are still blogging. :) Fun to check in. Hope all is well.



Oh, how I can relate to your dilemma! I found the cure that works for me...a little cooking oil in your water! I found this somewhere on the googlewebs because I was pulling my hair out over this! Now, I just pour a little oil in--probably more than necessary, but about a teaspoon full, but I don't really measure--and when the eggs are done and cool enough to peel, they come out with no issues. Give it a try. Hope it works for you too!


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