Are there any secrets to hard boiling eggs so that the peel comes off without taking big hunks of the white with it?


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dudleyjohn5 years ago
My son found this method somewhere on the net. I was skeptical, but tried it. And it worked!

After boiling the egg, tap both ends and remove some peel from both ends. Then blow through the small end. The egg will pop out the other end! I've only tried this one time, so I don't know if I just got lucky. I also don't know how well it works with fresh eggs (mine were over a week in the fridge).
Sorry for the late reply... but I just did an instructional on how to boil fresh eggs.
Simply boil the water first, gently add the eggs with a slotted spoon, boil for 15 minutes, drain and then move immediately to an ice bath to cool quickly. Easy to peel no matter how new or old your eggs are!
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billyt (author)  PixyMcCrafty5 years ago
Thank you. Several people suggested this method and also pricking the large end of the egg with a pin. So far it has worked like a charm! Thanks again.
lwarren26 years ago

There's a really neat gadget out that takes the peeling of the egg out of the equation altogether because the shell is gone!  Eggies Reviews
billyt (author)  lwarren26 years ago
Thanks for the response. Have you actually tried the Eggie? The review appears to be from the distributor. I actually bought one at a local grocery store and ended up returning it without trying it. What they don't tell you on the box is that you have to coat each Eggie with oil or butter or something to make it non-stick. I could have lived with that but when I tried to actually put them together it was almost impossible. The threads just wouldn't line up and the little o-ring kept popping out. So it seemed to me that it was going to be more trouble than it was worth to use them. That said, I would still like to see a real review. I looked for one before I bought but all the reviews I found on the interweb seemed to be from someone selling the things. So if you have actually tried it and don't sell them please post a review. Thanks again.
If I've got a stubborn hard boiled egg, I always peel it under running water. The extra pressure from the water will get in between and shell and the egg and help push it off, and it will rinse off any little bits that break off, too. Sometimes those little pieces are the worst!
billyt (author)  jessyratfink6 years ago
Thanks! I always peel them under warm running water but my water pressure is kind of low. It doesn't help much except it seems to loosen up the peel a little.
oldmicah6 years ago
Dunk them in an ice bath to stop the cooking and keep a nice yellow yolk. (no green rings and the yolk stays creamier) however, pull them out of the ice bath when they are cool enough to handle. Shells come off a whole lot easier while warm. I even dunk them in hot water if I have refrigerated boiled eggs for a minute or so before peeling. Seems to make a huge difference for me.
billyt (author)  oldmicah6 years ago
Thanks! I usually run hot water over cold boiled eggs but haven't tried letting them sit for a minute or so. Will try that.
rickharris6 years ago
Yep real fresh eggs almost always stick. - In the UK most shop bought eggs may be up to 40 days old and still called fresh. they don't stick.

Fresh eggs also take longer to boil so make sure the white is truly set and the egg totally cold before trying to peel.Cool in cold water.
billyt (author)  rickharris6 years ago
Thanks! Will try older eggs.
Re-design6 years ago
I eat hard boiled eggs very often and seldom have trouble peeling them.

I start with cold water.

I use a pin to poke a hole int he big end of the shell before starting. Prevents cracking and makes it easier to peel.

i cool the egg in cold water after cooking for a few min's.

Peeling under running water sometimes helps.

Having patience helps.
billyt (author)  Re-design6 years ago
Thanks! I've never heard of the pin thing before today. I do the cold water and running water; patience? Working on it.
There's an air pocket in the big end that sometimes expands and breaks the shell before it's fully cooked.

Punching a small hole in the big end vents the air pocket.
billyt (author)  Re-design6 years ago
Makes sense.
onrust6 years ago
When done, strain boiling water from eggs and place eggs in an ice bath.
billyt (author)  onrust6 years ago
Thanks! I usually pour out the boiling water and run cold over them, but I will try the ice.
2hot2hack6 years ago
this works for me all the time. when the egg is boiled just roll the egg around in your hand intill the egg shell is all smashed. than just peel away.
Fresher eggs will stick on that peel, especially those collected from real farms, not industrial farm.
I`ve spent a lot of time trying to figure how to peel it without destroying the white, but the only way for these kind of eggs is to split the egg in half with a knife, longitudinally, and collect the white with yolk with a larger spoon, you have to insert it between white and peel. Hope this is usefull.

Remember... fresh eggs will stick on peel, and it`s a good thing :) .
billyt (author)  silverwindro6 years ago
Thanks! I've never heard of splitting the egg. Can't wait to try it.
billyt (author) 6 years ago
Thanks! I can't believe the number of responses. This is such a cool site.