How to Peel a Hard Boiled Egg

by Jen on July 21, 2011

Good afternoon friends!  How is your Thursday shaping up?  I just finished cleaning the house, now I can finally relax a little.

Have you ever struggled to peel an egg?  Well I sure have.  I’ve been known to curse out one of those little suckers!  You know, when the shell won’t peel off and you end up peeling away so much egg white that you’re almost left with nothing?!

Since I eat eggs with my lunch everyday, I knew I had to perfect my egg peeling skills.

Here is the best way to peel a hard boiled egg:

Boil your eggs until they have reached their desired level of hardness.  For me, that is usually about 12 minutes.

When your eggs have finished boiling, drain them and set aside.  Now, make a nice cold bath for them.  I like to get a bowl, fill it partway with ice cubes, and top it off with really cold water.  Then dump your eggs into the icy bath. 

Let the eggs have a nice long bath.  Don’t rush this part.  I like to get the rest of my lunch ready while my eggs are cooling.  Or read a magazine article.  Or go on Facebook and “like” me?!

After about 5 – 7 minutes, those puppies should be nice and cold.  Touch the egg to feel if it’s cold enough.  If not, let it sit for another couple of minutes.

Once the eggs are cold enough, you are ready to peel.  Take one egg at a time out of the cold bath and start peeling.  I like to gently crush the shell by rolling it along the counter.  Once it’s crushed, you can start peeling off the hard shell.

The shell should peel off very easily.  No mess, no fuss, no egg whites lost!  Perfect peeled eggs every time!

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1 Michelle July 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

LOL I just peeled 4 eggs for sandwiches for the trip tomorrow. Happy to report I do just the way you do and it works perfectly every time. :}


2 Gwen July 22, 2011 at 3:56 am

LOL! Thanks for the advice for how to pass the time while the eggs cool! That's what I like about you, you go the extra mile! 🙂


3 SamiJoe July 22, 2011 at 4:44 am

You've just cursed yourself to have issues for the next 6 months peeling! LOL j/k.

Question- do you always eat brown eggs?? ( i do).


4 Suzi @ confessions of a fitness instructor July 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm

are you ready for this? I've never had a hard boiled egg. There I said it.


5 soundless_space July 27, 2011 at 2:19 am

I have the hardest time peeling hard-boiled eggs sometimes! I need to try this, thanks for sharing 🙂


6 Liv August 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Why bother with peeling at all? I found this gadget that lets you do hard boiled eggs without ever dealing with an eggshell. Eggies Review


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