Hacks to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Jul 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm |

The bane of any cook’s existence is peeling pesky hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes those shell suckers just don’t want to come off and you end up losing lots of egg whites and making your eggs look like monsters. This is definitely aggravating if you are trying to make pretty deviled eggs and the presentation isn’t what you were hoping for. Don’t fret, there’s lot of tricks and tips to get the picture perfect boiled egg.

1. Vinegar and salt

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Adding a tablespoon of white vinegar and a couple pinches salt to your cooking water. People also claim this results in perfectly cooked eggs, but really that depends on your cooking time. Getting those stinky green rings? You cooked it too long and/or didn’t ice it down long enough.

2. “Old” eggs

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If your eggs are too fresh, they are more difficult to peel. Using eggs that have been in your fridge a week or two will peel like a dream.

3. Hot start

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I know this probably goes against what you know about making hard-boiled eggs, but dropping them in when the water is simmering or boiling will help you peel them later on. Yes, this may result in cracked eggs, so you may want to temper your eggs for an hour — if you have time.

4. The pin prick trick

Some swear by this old trick of pricking a tiny hole in your eggshell before cooking.

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