This post has been rewritten due to new information! The Secret to Easy Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs has fallen under the saying of my old boss Virginia Thombs, “When you know better, you do better” and that is why you will find new information about the REAL secret to easy peeling hard boiled eggs.
Have you EVER tried to peel a hard boiled egg only to have all of the white stick to the shell and the egg to fall completely apart? Yeah me too! Mostly when I’m scheduled to bring deviled eggs to a gathering. Today I’ll share THE SECRET TO EASY PEELING HARD BOILED EGGS
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PEEL A HARD BOILED EGG?
What is the best way to peel a hard boiled egg – is likely your question. The answer to that question follows, but the first thing you need to know is how to best cook the egg so that it peels easily. The secret to easy peeling hard boiled eggs lies in the cooking of the egg.
HOW DO YOU BOIL EGGS SO THAT THEY PEEL EASILY?
In figuring out the best way to easily peel an egg, you first have to know the best way to cook the egg AND the best way to stop the egg from cooking. You’ll definitely want a perfect bright even yellow in the egg you cook, so you’ll want to know the best way to cook a hard boiled egg.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A PERFECT BOILED EGG?
The way to make a perfect boiled egg is to cook it for the EXACT amount of time listed in the recipe below. You certainly want a fully cooked yolk with no green rim around the outside. That is the easy part. The hard part is peeling the egg so that the white doesn’t stick to the shell.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SECRET TO EASY PEELING HARD BOILED EGGS
The most important thing you need to know is some egg anatomy. Inside the egg, before you break it – the yolk is suspended mid egg by those two little white strings that you sometimes see when you crack the egg. The strings are called the Chalaza (no test later, just an interesting fact).
There is also an airspace (usually at the large end of the egg) that allows the contents some cushion. The airspace is located on the OUTSIDE of the membrane that you find just inside the shell.
As an egg ages, the airspace becomes larger and the membrane starts to breakdown slightly.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE AIRSPACE AND MEMBRANE?
A fresh egg has a strong inner membrane that adheres strongly to the shell and the white of the egg. As the membrane weakens with egg, it becomes MUCH easier to separate from the shell. Thus, peeling the egg becomes much easier!
When you are ready to peel the egg, you will want to crack it on the large end where the airspace is. That is, if there is any airspace at all.
You can see a great diagram of that at SCIENCE OF COOKING
HOW DO I KNOW HOW OLD AN EGG IS?
There is a precise way that you can determine how old your store eggs are. There is an excellent article found at FRESH EGGS DAILY
Don’t let that weird you out. You are probably under the false assumption that eggs go bad quickly, when in fact, they do not.
I have raised chickens for years and I can tell you from experience that fresh from the barn eggs stay good even when they are unrefrigerated for a long long time. Store bought eggs will stay good for a long time, but refrigerate because they have been washed with substances that wash off the natural protection.
SIMPLE STEPS FOR THE SECRET TO EASY PEELING HARD BOILED EGGS
This process works regardless of the age of the egg…
- Boil water over high heat on the stovetop
- Add the eggs to the boiling water directly from the refrigerator
- Boil for 11 minutes in a medium boil
- Remove immediately to an ice bath
- Keep in ice bath until eggs are cooled – 5-10 minutes
- Rap the egg on the large end on a hard surface and remove the shell
KITCHEN TOOLS I USE FOR THIS RECIPE FOR THE SECRET TO EASY PEELING HARD BOILED EGGS
This is my kitchen spider. I use it for all kinds of things but it is especially wonderful for dipping eggs into and out of boiling water! (Affiliate link). You can click the photo to go directly through to Amazon to see the price/shipping/etc. I am an affiliate of Amazon and earn a percentage of sales made this way.
TIPS AND TRICKS for THE SECRET TO EASY PEELING HARD BOILED EGGS
- Add the eggs directly from the refrigerator to the boiling water. You may notice that a few crack, but not many.
- This is the way that restaurants peel large numbers of eggs for use.
- Dunk the eggs DIRECTLY from the boiling water into the ice bath.
- For the ice bath, you are going to want 2-3 cups of ice in 5-6 cups of water.
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RECIPE FOR THE SECRET TO EASY PEELING HARD BOILED EGGS
- Eggs to be boiled
- Enough water to cover the eggs by 2 inches
Fill saucepan with enough cool water to cover the eggsby 2 inches
Heat the water on high until boiling rapidly.
Using a slotted spoon or kitchen spider to gently lower cold eggs into the boiling water.
Return the water to boiling and start a timer for 11 minutes when the eggs are again boiling. Keep at a moderate boil. A hard boil will jostle the eggs too much.
While the eggs are boiling, prepare a medium size bowl with ice water
After 11 minutes, using the slotted spoon or kitchen spider, remove the eggs from the boiling water and place them gently into the ice water.
Allow the eggs to rest in the ice water until cooled (about 5-10 minutes)
To peel the eggs, rap the large end of the egg on a hard surface and then peel.
Simple solution for boiling eggs so that the peel comes right off
A VERSE TO SHARE
What is Satan to you? Is there a Satan? Some people say there isn’t. Is there only bad acting people? I guess that is something for all of us to decide on our own. I do know this. Jesus says that there is a Satan and that he is a liar. That’s good enough for me.
So, when I learn something that is touted as true – but I am certain it isn’t – then I know where that came from.
John 8: 42-47
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you?
Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.
When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?
If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.