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Learn more about eggs in our "Fun & Facts" section, including how to hard boil an egg easily.

How to Properly Boil and Peel an Egg

Ok, I have to admit it. I often boil eggs and then try to peel them and end up with a big mess. This is because the white rubbery part ends up coming off with the egg shells and I am left with a very sad and lonely looking yellow yolk. I mean, my favorite egg salad recipe requires perfectly boiled eggs not just egg bits and shells that I missed. So, with this in mind, I have created this brief article specifically for folks like myself, those who don’t have a clue on how to boil and peel a hard boiled egg. So, let’s discuss the three fast rules of boiling and peeling a boiled egg.

1. Do not use fresh eggs. First and foremost do not use a super-fresh egg. Ok, so you don’t want to use a stale one either but you should never use a fresh egg because when it is time to peel it, it absolutely will not cooperate. Therefore, you should use an egg that is at least one week old. This is because after one week, a layer of gas develops between the shell and the membrane and allows you to peel the egg much easier.

2. Put your eggs in a pot large enough for them to rest comfortably. Cover them with cold water and turn your stove on high until the water comes to a complete boil. Then, turn off the heat and cover with a tight fitting lid and let them sit for 30 minutes. Then drain the water and cover them with cold water and let them cool for about 30 minutes again.

3. Crack and wait. After boiling and cooling your cooked eggs, crack the eggs by tapping them firmly on a hard surface several times while rotating it so that you crack all sides. Then set in cold water again for about 30 minutes before trying to peel. (Water will seep in through the cracked shells). Then, when you’re ready, hold the egg between your palms and roll it back and forth to loosen the shell and this will make your job easier while not damaging your egg at all.

That’s it. See, it wasn’t that bad. Boiling the perfect egg and peeling a hard boiled egg doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience at all. As long as you follow the above steps, you’ll almost be guaranteed of an easy and stress free boiling and peeling experience. Your favorite recipe will thank you!

 
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