Using 3 simple steps, learn how to peel hard boiled eggs with this fail-proof method! Removing the boiled egg shell has never been so easy!
Whoever said that it's easy to peel boiled eggs lied to all of us. It can be the most frustrating process to peel the shell off of a hard boiled egg. Sometimes the egg breaks or the thin shell membrane won't budge...and that can ruin a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg.
👩🍳 Issue: The membrane sticking to the shell and white of an egg is the #1 reason eggs tear and fall apart when peeled.
The thin translucent layer between the shell and the egg white is called the membrane. When it sticks to the white part of the egg, it can tear the cooked egg which will make the hard boiled egg hard to stuff or decorate. So what makes it stick to the egg? There are a lot of factors that come into play such as how fresh the eggs are, how they are processed, and how they are boiled and cooled.
👩🍳 Did you know... the fresher the egg is, the harder it is to peel! When a chicken lays an egg, there is a high amount of stored amount of carbon dioxide. Over time, the carbon dioxide is slowly released making it less acidic. The lower the acidity level, the easier it is to peel an egg.
Some eggs will peel easily while others can be extremely hard to peel. I've learned that using the following method helps with successfully peeling hard-boiled eggs! Learn how to peel boiled eggs using these 3 easy steps!
📝 How To Peel Boiled Eggs
Step 1: Boiling Water
Placing eggs into a pot of water that is already boiling is key to ensuring the membrane doesn't stick. Place 7-8 cups of water in a large pot and set it on the stovetop burner. Set the burner to high temperature and bring the water to a boil.
👩🍳 All you need is just enough water to completely cover the eggs in the pot. That typically takes 7-8 cups of water.
For large hard boiled eggs, they need to boil for about 8-10 minutes. Once done, drain the water, but leave the eggs in the pot.
Step 2: Ice Bath
Now it's time for an ice bath. Peeling hard boiled eggs is easy when you give them an ice bath. Add 4 cups of ice to the pot so the eggs are covered. Allow the eggs to sit in the ice and water for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Shake And Roll
Once chilled, drain all the water from the pot and shake and roll the eggs around the pot until the shells start to naturally crack and loosen. Some of the shells will completely fall off during this process.
From there, pick up an egg and remove the shell. It should easily fall off with little effort. Do this for all the eggs and then rinse them under cold water to remove any remaining shell fragments.
It's that simple! Every. Single. Time! And when you slice into the egg, it's perfectly shaped and cooked to perfection!
💭 Expert Tips
- Try adding baking soda while the eggs are boiling so they peel more easily.
- Instead of using baking soda, a splash of lemon juice or white vinegar can be added to the boiling water to help naturally increase the pH level.
- If there is a stubborn piece of shell stuck to the egg after the shaking process, try removing it under a stream of running cold water. Water is a natural lubricant and can easily help loosen any remaining pieces of membrane or shell.
🙋 Frequently Asked Questions
Adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water can raise the pH level while the eggs are boiling. This science behind this is the boiling water and baking soda softens the membrane between the shell and the eggs white, which makes for an easy peel with less breakage.
Technically, either will work. But, adding the eggs after the water has started to boil will make them easier to peel. Slow cooking the eggs in cold or room temperature water actually promotes the egg whites bonding to the membrane, which is what you don't want to happen.
🥚 Hard Boiled Egg Recipes
Hard boiled eggs are excellent for breakfast, as a snack, or in other recipes. Try applying what you've learned for easily peeling hard boiled eggs when making these delicious recipes!
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