Medium hard boiled eggs take 8 minutes. Firm take up to 30 minutes. The secret disclosed here is getting the shell off without tearing up the egg.

Step 1: Boiling One Egg

Put enough water in pan to cover egg. Bring it to a rolling boil. Boil for 8 minutes or more, depending on how firm you want the yoke.

Step 2: Remove the Egg With Tongs.

I removed the egg with tongs after 8 minutes. I placed it in a jar with about a cup of cold water & shook it vigerosly, breaking up the shell. The membrane under the shell holds all the pieces together. It can then easily be peeled off.

Step 3: Shake. Shake. Shake

Shake the jar, egg and water for about 30 seconds to break up the shell.


After shaking in the jar of water, the egg's shell is broken into hundreds of small pieces and held on to the thin rubbery membrane covering the hard boiled egg white. Simply peel off the membrane and the shell comes off with it. Run cold water over egg and your hands will help keep you from burning your hands.


<p>You can achieve the same ends by rolling the egg on a counter with gentle pressure. Makes a million tiny cracks and the shell slips off easily; plus, there's no additional jar or shaking needed.</p>
<p>But it's not as much fun as shaking it in a jar, <a href="https://www.instructables.com/member/bitterclinger" style="">bitterclinger</a></p>
Nifty, thanks for sharing!
<p>.......and thank you for the reply dicostu956.</p>
<p>I've done this before and it does work. </p>
<p>Thanks for the reply gm280.</p>
<p>I've tried this with a plastic container before and it broke the container! I guess that egg shell is stronger than I thought! Thanks for this tip. I will try it with a jar next time! :)</p>
<p>Thanks wold630. Reply with some photos and mark as &quot;I made it&quot;. I'm surprised it broke the plastic container. </p>

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