Achieving perfectly peeled hard boiled egg for snacking or creating deviled eggs can be a challenge. Some bits of shell seem to slide off easily, while others come away with bits and pieces of egg. This can leave behind a bumpy, pockmarked egg that bears little resemblance to the perfect ovals of protein you were hoping for. Obtaining a beautiful hard boiled egg seems to depend on factors including the age of the egg, the cooking process, and the peeling technique. Here are some techniques that may be helpful when planning to peel your hard-boiled beauties.
8. Roll Them
Following cooking and cooling your egg, place it on the kitchen counter and gently roll it about between your palm and the countertop. This helps to break up the shell on the entire surface of the egg. Then, begin peeling away the little broken fragments of shell. Some cooks swear by baking a large batch of eggs in the oven instead of boiling them. Allrecipes has a Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven recipe that calls for baking eggs in a muffin tin in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
7. Use a Spoon
The spoon method entails cracking your hard boiled egg on the counter and then sliding a spoon between the shell and the surface of the egg. Next, rotate the egg so that the spoon circles the egg while separating it from the shell. Did you know that you can cook up a batch of hard boiled eggs in the microwave? Delish has instructions for making hard boiled eggs in the microwave. Simply place an egg in a bowl of water along with a ½ tablespoon of salt. Then, microwave on high for six to eight minutes.
6. Shake Them Up
Giving your hard boiled eggs a good shaking can help break up the shells. Place your cooked and cooled eggs in a glass or jar of water and give the container a shake. As the eggs bump up against each other, the shells will break up and loosen. The water helps to further loosen and remove them from the eggs. Once you’ve removed the shells, you can use the eggs to make Ree Drummond’s recipe for Deviled Eggs. Up the cuteness factor at your Easter table by making these sweet Easter Chick Deviled Eggs from Allrecipes.
5. Swirl Them in the Pot
Skip the jar of water and simply place your hard boiled eggs back into the pot after cooling them. Then, add cold water and swirl the pan to knock the eggs against each other and remove the shells. Delish has a recipe for Best-Ever Egg Salad. This recipe utilizes hard boiled eggs, mayo, mustard, lemon juice, celery, chives, and paprika. This egg salad is scrumptious in a sandwich or enjoyed on a bed of lettuce.
4. Start with Hot Water
Many cooks begin the process of making hard boiled eggs by placing eggs in a pot of cool water and then bringing the water to a boil. However, others find that boiling the water first and then carefully adding the eggs to the hot water will result in eggs that are easier to peel. In a test by Epicurious, the hot water eggs were easier to peel than those that started the cooking process in cold water. According to the Egg Nutrition Center, one egg contains 70 calories, 13 vitamins and minerals, and 6 grams of protein.
3. Steam Them
Steaming your eggs can provide you with easy-to-peel eggs that look and taste just like their hard boiled counterparts. To steam your eggs, place an inch or two of water in the bottom of a pot and place a steamer basket over the top. Bring the water to boiling, then add a layer of eggs to the steamer basket. Cover the pot and continue boiling the water for about 12 minutes, allowing the steam to cook the eggs. Then, plunge the eggs in ice water to stop the cooking process.
2. Use Older Eggs
If you have a choice, choose eggs closer to their expiration date for making hard boiled eggs. According to The Incredible Egg, refrigerated raw whole eggs in their shells can last four to five weeks beyond the packing date listed on the carton. Slightly beaten raw whole eggs can last in your refrigerator for up to two days. Meanwhile, raw egg whites are good for up to four days in the fridge. Hard boiled eggs in their shells are good for up to one week in the refrigerator while peeled hard boiled eggs are at their best the same day they are cooked.
1. Try Vinegar in the Water
Wholesome Yum recommends adding vinegar to the water in order to make peeling your eggs easier. The acidity of the vinegar helps to soften up the shells so they slide off more easily. Hard-boiled eggs make a great addition to potato salad. Spicy Southern Kitchen has a recipe for Southern Potato Salad. This recipe utilizes russet potatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, apple cider vinegar, sweet onion, celery, and pickle relish. Martha Stewart has a recipe for Mashed Avocado and Egg Toast that calls for avocado, a hard boiled egg, chives, and toasted whole grain bread.