Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are a delicious protein rich snack and an ingredient in many recipes. However, sometimes rather than a cleanly peeled egg you are left with a mess of ragged egg white stuck to the shell. This is a guide about peeling hard boiled eggs.

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Tip: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

By Vi Johnson 286 801

Peeling Hard Boiled EggsWhen peeling hardboiled eggs, roll eggs on center divider of sink under cold running water. Squeezing the egg with your hands. The shell will peel off easily and the membrane holds the shell almost whole.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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Tip: Peeling Egg Shells

By esptechy 4 8

Peeling boiled eggs is my least favorite chore in the kitchen. I don't like to get the egg shells under my nails. A friend taught me a neat trick several years ago. He didn't have any nails to lift the shells. I suppose this is a tip for both women and men!

  1. Drain the boiling water from the pot of eggs.

  2. Refill the pot with cold tap water.

  3. Allow the eggs to cool until they are easy to handle.

  4. Use the back side of a teaspoon to firmly tap the entire egg until all sides have been thoroughly cracked. Peeling Eggs

  5. Find a spot on the eggs shell that will allow you to slip the edge of the spoon under it.

  6. Slide the edge of the spoon under the egg shell so that the spoon cups the white of the egg. Peeling Eggs

  7. Push the spoon with a scooping motion. Peeling Eggs

  8. The egg shell should lift away from the egg in large pieces attached to the thin membrane that lines the inside of the egg as you move the spoon.

  9. Finally, you have a nice smooth egg. Peeling Eggs

By esptechy from Louisiana

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Tip: Peeling Boiled Eggs

By likekinds 114 508

Years ago when I cooked a lot, I read a tip for preventing eggs from cracking while being boiled. The method was simple; punch a hole in one end of the eggs with a pin before dropping them into the water. This method works very well.

I did learn that often a small amount of egg white would ooze out through the hole and cook there, still attached to the egg. I found this could be prevented by using the smallest pin possible. I use a tiny silk pin, no more oozing white.

Along the way, I stopped using this method because I place the eggs in cold water, and heat it to boiling very slowly. So, cracked eggs were not a problem.

Recently, I've been developing a recipe for spinach salad with chopped boiled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, Ranch dressing and, sometimes chopped black olives. I have the recipe just about the way I want it.

Anyway, I've been using a lot of fresh, boiled eggs, lately. They have been very difficult to peel, even when using some of the best tips on ThriftyFun. The last time I boiled a dozen eggs, I was in a hurry, so I pierced each egg with a silk pin before boiling.

Unbelievable. Not only did none of the eggs crack, every one peeled more easily than ever before! I tried this method with hot boiled eggs and also with boiled eggs that had been refrigerated. Worked great both times.

I don't know how the hole makes for easier peeling, but it certainly does. Try it.

Note: I always peel my eggs under running water. Once water gets between the shell membrane and the egg, the shell slides off easily, sometimes in as little as three or four large pieces.

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    Tip: Peel Hard-boiled Eggs Quickly

    By Becky Miles 100 151

    I always struggle to peel the shells off my hard-boiled eggs. I've tried so many tips. I recently saw a video of someone trying this trick. I thought it was a hoax but tried it any way. It works!

    Here's what you do: Once you have boiled your eggs, take a smallish jar that an egg can fit into. (Alternatively, I also saw one guy use a drinking glass and put his hand over the top). Add about an inch of water. Plop in the egg. Put the lid on. Shake your jar about 20 times, pretty hard. You may want to do this over the sink, in case the jar leaks water. Take off the lid and the peel will be barely hanging on. Just slip it off. It doesn't even take any of the egg white with it. My eggs were perfect for Deviled Eggs.

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      Source: I can't find the video I saw. Sorry!

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      Question: Why Didn't My Hard Boiled Eggs Peel Easily?

      By Jess 132 771

      We just made a big batch of deviled eggs from my leftover Easter eggs. When we were peeling them, a few of the eggs had the white stuck to the shell so badly that they cracked in big pieces right to the yolk. Other eggs were fine.

      I cooked 18 eggs in a stockpot, covered in water. I brought that to a boil then simmered for 15 minutes (directions from BHandG cookbook). I ran cold water into the pot, but I don't think I let it get all the way to cold, maybe more room temperature. We took the eggs from the sink directly to be dyed. I'm wondering if maybe the problem eggs didn't get cool fast enough.

      Thanks so much for any advice you might have for me. I generally make hardboiled eggs at Easter and maybe once in the summer, so I don't get a lot of practice.

      By Jessica from Hillsboro, OR

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      By Teresa A 3 10 Flag

      December 5, 2011

      I found steaming the eggs works better for peeling them. I place the eggs in the top of a steamer, cover, and when the water below comes to a boil I lower the heat and gently steam them for about 15 minutes. Have a large pan of ice cold water ready. After they cook I then take a wooden spoon and bang the eggs in the steamer to crack the shells then immediatelly toss them into the cold water. Then I continue to crack the shells under the water against the side of the pan. That allows water to get between the shell and egg. They are then very easy to peel.

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      Question: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

      By Dixie 1 1

      How do I peel a hard boiled egg without it sticking to the egg white, and taking it off with it? I have never been able to do this without ruining the eggs. Also, these are fresh eggs, not store bought, does that make a difference?

      By Dixie from Lubbock, TX

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      thr829275 Flag

      February 24, 2011

      My Uncle taught me this trick years ago...add a couple tablespoons of salt ( I add about 3 tablespoons) to the water before boiling the eggs, then boil eggs as you always do with the added salt of course, then as soon as they are done,drain them,then in the same pan shake eggs around to crack the shells,add cold water & peel, I swear they will peel right off!

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      Tip: Peel Several Eggs at Once

      By coville123 326 89

      Instead of spending several minutes peeling each boiled egg, just cut them in half with a sharp knife and scoop out the egg with a spoon. This is so much faster when you plan on cutting them up anyway.

      By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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      Question: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

      By ROZJUNE 5 9

      When I peel hard boiled eggs the shell comes away with some of the white and looks awful, how can I stop this happening? I have tried peeling in cold water and hot and rolling the egg first, but nothing seems to work. The shell just goes brittle and comes off in little bits.

      By ROZJUNE from UK

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      By KristiHarris 2 Flag

      February 17, 2012

      1. Place eggs in pan and cover with water; add a generous teaspoon salt. Boil to your preference. I prefer well done so I gently boil about 8-10 minutes.

      2. Remove from heat, drain and run cold water over them until they cool.

      3. Roll gently to loosen all the shell and just peel away.

      *if you prefer, you can skip step 3 and just put in the fridge until you feel like peeling them later. :0)

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      Tip: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

      By Melinda 3 1

      For quick and easy clean up when peeling hard boiled egg, lay a piece of cling wrap on the kitchen bench before you start to peel the eggs. Then when you have peeled the eggs, just throw the peel and wrap in the bin.

      By Melinda from Melbourne, Australia

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      Tip: Easy Peel Boiled Eggs

      By tricia minter 24 47

      To make boiled eggs very easy to peel, add a teaspoon of table salt to your cold water. If you are boiling a lot of eggs for deviled eggs, I would use at least a Tbsp. of salt. Let boil and leave in water to cool a bit.

      As soon as the eggs are cool enough to handle, tap it all over against the counter making sure it is cracked very well. Pull up a section of shell and the entire shell will fall out. You will be left with a beautiful and smooth egg.

      My father was a cook in the service and always cooked on weekends. This is a tip I learned from him.

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        Tip: Use Ice Cubes To Cool Hard Boiled Eggs

        By Ginger 1

        When boiling hard boiled eggs, try this. After boiling is completed, pour off boiling water and fill with cold water. Fill pan with ice cubes and let set 15 minutes. The shells will slip right off, no mess, no fuss. The ice cubes are a life saver and a time saver.

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        Tip: Food Strainer for Cleaning Up Hard Boiled Eggs

        By CaroleeRose 58 118

        My husband loves hard boiled eggs for a quick, healthier, more than normal snack. With time, I've tried other tips I've read about concerning hard boiled eggs and would like to share my recent discovery.

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        Tip: "No Peel" Hard Boiled Eggs

        By redskin. 4 9

        I don't know if anybody has tried this already or sent this in. But here's a way to peel your "hard-boiled" eggs all at once. I don't think it works for "soft-boiled". I didn't want to try that, could be very messy.

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        Tip: Quick Trick for Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs

        By Ann Reese 7

        After cooking, fill boiler with cold water for eggs to cool. Drain off all water. Hold lid on boiler and shake for a minute or two. Most eggshells will be off. Just rinse off the rest...

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        Tip: Use a Spoon to Peel Eggs

        By Karen Kwaak 3 12

        An easy way I have found to peel hard boiled eggs, is with a teaspoon. Hard boil your eggs whatever way that works for you. I crack the shells then use the spoon to peel the eggs.

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        Tip: Use Cold Water For Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        By JANET 40 2

        Hard boiled eggs will peel easily if cracked and placed in cold water immediately after taking out of the hot water.

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        Tip: Easy to Peel Boiled Eggs

        Put eggs in 2 qt pan add water to cover over eggs and add dollop of vinegar. Get water boiling for 5-8 min and then turn off heat, cover pot and let sit for a while. Empty out hot water, let cold water wash through put ice cubes into cold water.

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        Tip: Peel Hard Boiled Eggs Easier

        By coville123 326 89

        Start eggs in cold water with a couple of heaping teaspoons of salt. The salt sucks the calcium out of the shells and makes them easier to peel. You can also put them in ice water and roll them on the counter for easier removal.

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        Tip: Peeling Eggs

        By Janace Lynn M. 8 12

        Boil the eggs for 20 minutes, then pour off the hot water. Under cool running water, tap the egg to crack, and the shell will just slide off.

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        Tip: Make Ice for Boiled Eggs

        By Robyn 376 753

        If you keep big chunks of ice in reserve for when you hard boil eggs, you will not waste the small ice that the rest of the family uses. I boil eggs all the time, and it takes lots of ice to cool them down if you are using the little cubes.

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        Tip: Removing A Boiled Egg From Its Shell Easily.

        By Monique 108 177

        I have found that removing the whole of a boiled egg is so much easier if one uses a cutlery knife instead of a teaspoon. The egg comes out cleanly with a knife, a teaspoon seems to leave bits behind.

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        Tip: Peeling Hard-Cooked Eggs

        Tap the egg on the counter all over to crack the egg shell in several places. Rub the cracked egg between your hands to loosened the eggs shell. Then dip the egg in a bowl of ice cold water and begin peeling.

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        Archive: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        In order to peel a hard boiled egg without it breaking. Roll it on the counter top so the shell cracks into small pieces. The shell will easily peel off leaving the hard boiled egg perfect.

        By Mary Freeman


        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        If you sprinkle a small amount of salt in the water when boiling the eggs, the shells will come off very easily. (02/03/2005)

        By Sandy

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        My mom always added salt to the water that she boiled eggs in. She said that the salt helped to keep the egg yolk and white from escaping out of any cracks in the eggs. We (my parents) raised chickens for their eggs and of course we didn't sell the cracked eggs and so we got to eat them.

        Also the older the eggs the easier they are to peel when hardboiled. Fresh eggs are nearly impossible to peel cleanly. But nowadays, eggs in the soon do they arrive at the store after being laid by the chicken? Just use the oldest eggs you have in your fridge.


        By valleyrimgirl

        Peeling Eggs

        New eggs are hard to peel after being boiled. I hold them a week and then boil them. They last several weeks so one week is not harmful. They peel without sticking.

        By Jill (02/10/2005)

        By ThriftyFun

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        I roll them on the countertop to crack the shell, and then run them under cool water to peel with ease. (02/15/2005)

        By Mama_05

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        They aren't always easy to peel just by rolling them on the counter top. I will try the old egg method, as well as the salt. (07/29/2006)

        By dibloafer

        Archive: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Does anyone have any tips on removing the shells from a hard boiled egg? I just hard boiled 20+ eggs and while shelling them I ended up with a big mess. Thanks.

        Sue A,


        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        It may be too late but the trick in getting shells to come off easily is to immediately put the hot eggs in cold water. Just keep running the cold water for a while, then the eggs shells will come off easily.

        Susan from ThriftyFun (10/14/2004)

        By ThriftyFun

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        If you drop eggs in sink and crack shells good then put back in pan and fill with cold water. Peel them with egg under cold running water. Works every time. (10/14/2004)

        By chadsooma

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Also a great way to get the shell off is to crack the egg all around then place it on a hard surface and roll it with your palm back and forth. The egg shell should slip off without too much difficulty. (10/15/2004)

        By Beth

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I know this one. First use something like a thumb tack (this is what I use) and hold the egg gently and push a hole into the large end of the egg. Bring your water to a slow boil and add some salt, don't let the water come to a rolling boil just a slow simmer type boil. Then lower the eggs into the water using a spoon, don't try and place them into the water using your hands only. Only cook the eggs for 10 minutes its very important not to over cook the eggs. Then carefully drain off the water. Shake the eggs around in the pan to start breaking the shells.

        Now place the pan under cold water and start removing the shell. Very important, you must start with the large end of the egg. The first time I tried this, I over cooked the eggs and the shells didn't come off too easily. I cooked the eggs longer because I was afraid that the center would not be fully cooked at 10 minutes. On my second attempt I only boiled the eggs for 10 minutes and all of my shells, 10 eggs, came off almost in one piece. Good luck and I hope this helps. (10/15/2004)

        By KCarlisle

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Fresh eggs are much harder to peel than older eggs. Air has permeated the shell in older ones and the cooked insides won't stick as much. Hard cook the oldest eggs in your fridge for an easier time. (10/15/2004)

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I have always done this and it works every time, all the time. Take a small spoon and hit the egg all over and it will crack everywhere, then turn the spoon around and slip the tip under a piece of the shell and slip it around the entire egg and the shell just falls off, rinse off if any shell, you're done and you usually won't pull any of the egg away if you are careful.
        Kay (10/17/2004)

        By Kay N.

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I put a little salt and a little vinegar in the water when the boil the eggs. This keeps them from cracking and makes the shells slip off easily. (02/07/2006)

        By Debbie52

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        After boiling the eggs, empty all of the hot water and fill the pan with cold water. Add two bowls of ice and let the eggs sit in the ice water for ten minutes. (11/21/2007)

        By Jeannie

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Did anyone say not to put the hot eggs immediately into cold water yet? (03/21/2008)

        By lol

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Add a little vegetable oil to the pot while boiling the eggs. The shells absorbs just enough of the oil so that the shells slide right off. (03/18/2009)

        By Ariela

        Archive: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        My request is: does anyone have an easy way to peel hard boiled eggs. I want to use them for egg salad, as an example. I recently got a couple dozen eggs for egg salad. I cooked them, but they were very hard to peel. This was even after being in placed the cold water and then in cold water again.

        Unfortunately my son found some egg shells in the egg salad. He was not happy. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you in advance.

        By redrose51 from Canandaigua, NY


        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Use older eggs, not fresh ones right from the store. Also put a tablespoon of vinegar in the water when you boil them. Once they are done, take the pan to the sink and run them under cold water to cool them quickly.

        Once they are cooled take an egg and gently hit it down on a flat surface on it's side. Then roll it putting gentle pressure with your hand until all sides are crackled. Pinch a section of the broken shell and it should all peel off very easily. The more cracks the easier it is. (06/16/2009)

        By SusLuvsVintage

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I always put some vegetable oil in the water when I'm boiling them and they peel off super easy every time. (06/17/2009)

        By JacobsMamaKat

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Try a couple of teaspoons of vinegar in the water you boil the eggs in. (06/17/2009)

        By Curvedbar

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I agree "not" fresh eggs. When eggs are done drain off water-shake the pan all around till eggs have lots of cracks in them-peel under cold water. Works for me. (06/17/2009)

        By joanie47

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Not fresh eggs, rinse immediately in cold water, cover eggs with cold water again and cover with ice cubes, let set for 15 minutes. Always put salt in pan before cooking.

        Ginger (06/17/2009)

        By rosina

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        One additional hint: before cooking eggs, pierce broader end with a very clean needle or some such. Don't go deeper than not quite 1/4 inch, and if it is hard to pierce the shell, press needle tightly to desired spot and then rotate while applying pressure and it will gradually go deep enough.

        Prepare pierced eggs as others have advised including thorough cooling immediately. The small hole allows small amount liquid to lubricate inside of shell, but does not change texture or taste of eggs. You may have to remove that skin that sometimes forms, but the shells slide right off after you crack shells all over.

        In line with this hint, I find it convenient to keep a certain needle cleaned and ready to use by poking it through a paper napkin or some such and tucking it in a small plastic bag which I then place inside of egg carton, there is more than enough room for it. (06/17/2009)

        By moonylisa

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        The suggestions on using older eggs are correct. The reason for that is that the egg will, ever so slightly, dry and shrink within the shell (not badly, mind you). This way, the shell will not cling so to the egg. I do this all the time. I will keep eggs in my fridge for even a couple weeks after the "sell by" date. Sometimes, you can even get eggs at a marked down price if the sell by date is approaching and the store needs to get them rotated out. Then, you will have beautifully peeled eggs and a bargain to boot.

        The cooking process I use is to bring eggs to a boil, turn heat off and cover pot. Let sit on stove unit for 1 hour. Drain water. Put lid on the pot and shake eggs to crack. Pour cold water and let the eggs sit for a few minutes. My eggs peel perfectly every time, only because of the older egg part.

        I wish you success on your next batch. (06/17/2009)

        By tnsink

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I put 3 or 4 eggs and salt in the water, bring it to a boil, and let cook for approximately 11 minutes. Then I get a container ready with ice and very cold water and put it in the sink. When done, the eggs are put into the cold ice water and I put a small ice pack on top and let sit until cold.

        Sometimes after they've cooled off I dry them off and put them in the fridge. When I'm ready to make the egg salad I roll them on the counter to crack the shell all over and then peel, starting with the larger end.

        Maybe your son could try making his own egg salad and see how well he does. (06/19/2009)

        By Maryeileen

        Archive: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

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        When making deviled eggs for your holiday meals try this tip.

        After boiling your eggs, drain them and put them in the refrigerator to cool (perhaps an hour or two).

        1. Take one egg and tap on its end breaking into the shell, then tap it on the other end breaking into the shell.

        2. Now roll the egg shell on its side, on your counter to smash the shell up completely.

        3. Start by removing the shell at either end, making sure to get the inner membrane along with the shell itself.

        4. AND now carefully pull the remaining egg shell off easily and completely.

        No more hunt and pick trying to peel and boiled egg anymore. THE SECRET IS COOLING THEM then smashing the shells up completely.

        I learned this trick working in a large truck stop in Iowa. "40 dozen (480) boiled eggs" had to be peeled to make egg salad for the truckers sandwiches.

        Let's say, I had to master the art of peeling a boiled egg EGGACTLY..

        Hope this helps you out too!

        By Paula Jo Carr from Mebane, NC


        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        I add a little salt to the water. Then I like to do things quick. I just take a dull blade knife, (like a butter knife). Then hold the egg in my hand after boiled and run cold water over it to cool. Eye ball about the middle of the egg, and "wap" it with the dull edged, or butter knife. Take it all the way through with one blow, two halves lay in your hand, and I scoop them out of the shell easily with a spoon. the egg is perfect, and in half, and the whole thing takes about 1 second. I love breakfast. (12/14/2006)

        By Glinda

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        If you just leave them in the pan you boiled them in after draining the water, give the pan a good shake to crack all the shells. Then fill the pan with cold water and add ice or ice packs to keep the water cold. After a half hour or so the shells will literally slip off. No need to roll them on the countertops and have bits of shells everywhere to clean up. (12/14/2006)

        By gardencraft

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        The gals are right. Boil them, add a bit of salt to water, remove after 10 minutes or so, run them under cold water to cool and then shake them right in the pan. If you do it for a minute or two, they actually PEEL themselves! (12/16/2006)


        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        "Perfect", because they practically peel themselves! This even works well with farm-fresh eggs. I've used this method for GREAT!!!!!!!!!

        Gently place eggs in pan of cold water. Bring water to a boil, cover with lid, remove pan from fire (leave lid on pan), and let set 20 minutes. Drain water, add very cold water (may add ice cubes), let set for 2 or 3 minutes, then drain. Replace lid. While holding lid securely in place, carefully shake the pan of eggs until eggshells are cracked into very small pieces, and eggs are either out of the shells or easily removed from them. Rinse eggs clean of all shell pieces. Use boiled eggs as desired.

        Note: This is a good way to boil eggs to paint for Easter, minus the shaking of the pan, of course. An added benefit is that the eggs will NOT have that ugly green ring around the outside of the yolk, leaving it much more appetizing, tasteful, and less gaseous.

        Hope this helps,
        Donna (12/16/2006)

        By carnall

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        I also use this technique and it definitely works, however, an addional tip is to not to use real fresh eggs, I buy the eggs a week before I boil them, this thickens the membrane making them easier to peel. (12/22/2006)

        By Teri

        Salt works the best

        My father always used about a tablespoon of salt in the boiling water. My wife never heard of it, but it works best of all.

        By Ed

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        That is a wonderful idea! It helped me a lot with thanksgiving dinner and I always have to make deviled eggs and it has always made me mad because I have never been able to find the secret!

        Thank you soo much!

        Brittany Shelton (11/21/2007)

        By Brittany Shelton

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        Draining the hot water and immediately adding cold water and ice works the best. (11/21/2007)

        By Vicka

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        Draining the hot water and immediately adding cold water and ice works, then peeling them under cold running water works the best. (11/21/2007)

        By Vicka

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        Draining the hot water and immediately adding cold water and ice works, then peeling them under cold running water works the best. (11/21/2007)

        By Vicka

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        P.S. Adding a little vinegar to the water before boiling prevents that white mess that sometimes sticks on the pan around the water line. (11/21/2007)

        By Vicka

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        That does not work. If you have very fresh eggs. (07/06/2008)

        By KP

        RE: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

        I've always heard to run cold water over the eggs, then peel. I guess the trick is to get the eggs really cold first. Another tip for deviled eggs, if you want the yolk right in the middle of the egg, which, of course looks really nice when filling the egg afterward, is to stir the eggs while they boil, this will place the yolk in the middle while it cooks. (08/13/2008)

        By Louise Snyder

        Archive: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        What is the best way to get shells off of hard boiled eggs?

        By Lana from Des Plaines, IL


        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I like to smack them all over (against the countertop) so that the eggshell is cracked all over it. Then I peel under running water.

        BUT, here is the tricky part. The fresher the eggs, the harder they are to peel! Older eggs have started to dry the least little bit, and sort of shrink away from the inside of the shell enough that peeling is a breeze. SO, if you know ahead of time when you will need them, buy your eggs a week or two ahead and leave them in your fridge until you need them--then boil them. If you're just boiling one or two for a meal, use the oldest eggs in your fridge. (02/16/2010)

        By Jilson

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        When cooking the eggs, put then in cold water to start with the cold water Just barely over the eggs, then JUST bring them to boil. After coming to a full boil, quickly put a tight-fitting cover on the pan and take the pan of eggs off of the burner and let sit ONLY 15 to 20 minutes. (NO longer!) After that pour out all hot water and cover eggs with running cold water till all the eggs are cold.

        To easily peel open egg shells, simply bonk only the tip of the egg (I forget if it's the bottom or the top, try both to see what works better) on the counter-top and the rest of the shell will usually come off in one piece.

        * If you have time to cool the eggs in the fridge for several hours they will peel even easier! (02/16/2010)

        By Cyinda

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I boil mine for about 20 minutes, then let set for another 20 minutes in the water to cool. Then drain most of the water and start shaking the eggs in the pan, this will evenly crack the shell. You can either peel them or store covered in water in the frig with the shell on (the membrane won't dry out), and they peel easily as you need them. (02/17/2010)

        By dakota1275

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I use farm fresh eggs and always had this problem. I asked the farmer how he boiled his eggs. I was told to leave any, farm fresh or store-bought, eggs out of the refrigerator the night before boiling them.
        I cannot remember his explanation why this works.

        I have done this for many years without any problems. I take the eggs out of the carton, put them in the pot without a lid and keep on the stove overnight.

        Once I am ready to cook them, I add cold water and a splash of white vinegar. Adding white vinegar to the water prevents the eggs from spreading in case they happen to crack while cooking.

        Bring to a boil without a lid; simmer for about one minute. Cover; remove from burner. Allow to sit undisturbed for 20 minutes. I use large or extra large eggs.

        Once the time is up, drain hot water and quickly add cold water. Dump water out and add more cold water. Let set a few minutes. Drain; shake pan a bit and peel.

        The time the eggs stay in the pot after boiling may vary according to the size of the egg. If an egg has a greenish tinge around the egg yolk, it has been overcooked. Everyone has their own preference on how they their eggs cooked. (02/18/2010)

        By mkymlp

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        Well, as everyone else has stated on here that the older the eggs are the easier they will peel. My shortcut is to add 1cup of regular white vinegar to the water you boil them in. Boil as usual, the vinegar softens the shells and they will almost just slip off! After learning this tip from a tv cooking show~ I never boil my eggs any other way! Hope this helps =o) (02/18/2010)

        By Jessica22682

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I crack the eggshell all over then carefully run a spoon between the shell and the egg. Usually comes off in one big piece. And the others are right. The older the egg, the easier it is to peel. (02/18/2010)

        By catastrofy

        Archive: Peeling Egg Shells

        Tips for removing egg shells from hard boiled eggs. Post your ideas.


        Peeling Egg Shells

        Put salt in the water that you use to boil your eggs and it will make it easier to peel the shells off without ruining the egg.

        By Nicole (07/18/2005)

        By ThriftyFun

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        As soon as the eggs are done put them in cold water with ice to keep the water cold. Crack the egg shells all around as soon as you are able to handle them and put back in the cold water to soak. After they are completely cooled the egg shells will slide off. The "newer" the eggs, the harder to peel, so older eggs work better. Cracking the egg shells early also allows the gas inside to escape faster and stops the yolks from turning green. (07/18/2005)

        By gardencraft

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        After the eggs are cooked, I place the pot in the sink and run cold water in it. I take the eggs out one at a time and peel them under cold running water, placing them in the bowl once finished. Every once in a while I will get hold of one that gives me trouble, but mostly the peel comes right off. (07/18/2005)

        By danig1000

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        I have always been told the fresher the egg, the harder to peel.I try to use eggs from the 1st carton purchased. It seems to work. (07/18/2005)

        By Kathy

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        A friend recently gave me this tip and even though it sounds a little strange at first, it works really well. Use a sharp knife to cut the boiled egg in half and then use a teaspoon to scoop out the egg from the shell. Perfect egg halves every time. (07/19/2005)

        By Starfritz

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        Drain the water from the eggs, leaving the eggs in the saucepan. Then shake the pan violently from side to side for a few seconds and the eggshells will be cracked all over. Let them cool for a minute, then peel as normal. If eggs are still too hot, the shell will stick to the white. (08/18/2005)

        By Cathy

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        I agree with Kathy, the fresher the egg, the more difficult it will be to peel. You end up dumping half of the egg white into the bin! try and hard boil eggs that are at least a few days old and they will peel much easier (09/11/2005)

        By Triona

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        When eggs are cooked ,cool in cold water and use a large spoon to crack shells under the water i find they peel very easy that way . (07/19/2007)

        By Lila-Ann

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        I looked at this site just as I had peeled the first of a dozen eggs for deviled eggs -- with great difficulty. None of the tips appealed to me much, however, I think I might have hit upon something that helps. Try keeping the eggs in water from the time you boil them until you peel them. My husband tells me that eggshells are moisture permeable. So perhaps it's letting them sit dry that makes peeling them more difficult. I ran water into my bowl off eggs, and I swear they got easier (more moisturized?) as I went along. (12/31/2007)

        By Pat

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        Just got done using the method of cutting the egg with a sharp knife, shell in all, in half and using a spoon to remove the egg from the shell after cooling them in cool water. It worked perfectly. Thanx for that tip. I'll never peel another egg again! (04/16/2008)

        By tanesha

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        I have tried salt in the water, and for me it never helped. What helped for me is to let them boil for about 20 minutes. Pour off the hot water, and let cold water run over them until cool enough to handle. Crack each end on the counter and then roll on the counter until cracked all over. Start at the large end and peel. The shells always slip off and leave a perfect egg. Rinse shell fragments from egg, and you are done! (08/13/2008)

        By Bob

        RE: Peeling Egg Shells

        My husband and I like to eat hard boiled eggs, so we boil and refrigerate to eat as desired. So cracking them all at once is not what we need. What we do after boiling is to drain the eggs and set the pan with the eggs in the sink and pour cold water over them to cool them. With the cooling water and eggs still in the pan, pour as much ice in to cool the eggs and let sit until they melt. Refrigerate and peel under water when ready to eat. Works every time. I think that cooling them quickly helps to separate the egg from the shell for easy peeling. (08/14/2008)

        By Debbie

        Archive: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I boiled eggs yesterday and placed them in cold water, then drained them, and placed them in refrigerator. As usual, I rolled them on the counter cracking the sides to peel. It took forever to peel each egg. It didn't slip off. The egg had chips all over it from trying to remove the shell. What did I do wrong? How do I peel the rest of them without pitting the outside of the egg?

        By Shirley from KY


        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        If your eggs are very fresh, it will be hard to peel. If I am planning on making egg salad or deviled eggs, I buy eggs and let them sit in my fridge at least a week. (07/17/2010)

        By Ginnywest

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        After 50 years of cooking for my husband and my family, I learned how to boil eggs so the shells will come off easily. Learned this from my daughter-in-law. She makes beautiful delicious deviled eggs.

        Cover eggs with water. Add a little salt to water. Do not put a cover on the pot. Bring water to a boil, cut heat down to medium and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour off water and add cold water and let eggs cool some. Peel under water while still a little warm.

        I have put boiled eggs in the refrigerator and peeled them later and they were still easy to peel. I don't know if it's how they are cooked or peeling them under water that makes the shells come off easily. (07/20/2010)

        By Hate Litter

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        The older the eggs the easier they are to peel. I usually have an extra carton on hand that I wait to boil at or soon after the sell by date. (07/20/2010)

        By Deeli

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I read this somewhere a few years ago and it really works. After boiling eggs, drain them and let them cool enough to handle. Put several back in the pot at a time and shake the pot back and forth vigorously. The shells will crack and then begin to come off on their own. At this point you can easily remove the shells. (07/20/2010)

        By Bebe52

        RE: Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

        I leave the eggs in cool water. Then after 20 minutes or so, I crack the eggs while still in the cool water and the shells peel right off. (07/20/2010)

        By dimemist

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