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!