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How-To: The Easiest Way to Peel Hard Cooked Eggs

One of the most frustrating aspects of hard cooking, i.e., hard boiling eggs is peeling them.  I crack the eggs and then stand by the sink picking off shells and watching the egg whites disappear.  Does this ever happen to you?  If it does then you will love this kitchen hack!  It’s so easy to do and if you’re like me you’ll never go back to any other way.

The first step is cooking the eggs the right way.  I share all the details of steaming eggs in this post so start here.

The secret to hard cooked eggs that practically peel themselves - use a container with a tight fitting lid.
Hard Cooked Eggs That Almost Peel Themselves

Be sure to use a sturdy plastic container with a tight-fitting lid for this kitchen hack.

Now that you have cooked your eggs and given them an ice bath here’s how to get them to practically peel themselves.

Hard Cooked Eggs That Almost Peel Themselves

Drain half of the water off of the eggs.

Hard Cooked Eggs That Almost Peel Themselves

Put a tight-fitting lid on your container and SHAKE! Shake your container about 20 times.  Remove lid and check on the progress being made.  If your eggs aren’t cracked enough put your lid back on and shake approximately another 20 times.

Hard Cooked Eggs That Almost Peel Themselves

I’ve had instances using this method where almost every egg in the container was fully out of its shell.

The simple secret to hard cooked eggs that practically peel themselves.

 

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Malia

Saturday 15th of April 2017

Hi MB, I love this great tip. I struggle with hard boiling eggs correctly and it's super embarrassing. Also, I am loving your new header! It's so modern and fresh. Hope you and all your "men" have a wonderful Easter!

Mary Beth

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

Thank you, Malia!!!! My family and I had a very good Easter. I hope you did as well. xoxo

Roseann Hampton

Friday 14th of April 2017

I wish I had seen this earlier today as I was struggling to peel a dozen eggs!

Diane

Thursday 13th of April 2017

That is so crazy!!! The shells just slip off? I need an ice maker just for that!!!!

Mary Beth

Friday 14th of April 2017

I know, right??? They do slip right off. I've had batches of eggs where I didn't even have to peel one - all the shells were off when I opened the container.