Monday, March 16, 2009

Easy-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs



I just hard-boiled a dozen eggs to use to make egg salad for a picnic tomorrow. Other than the fact that I forgot about them and they boiled entirely too long, they seem fine. I really thought they would be a mess when I remembered them, but they look and taste just fine. Whew!

Happily, I have discovered a trick for hard-boiled eggs that peel easily. I tried it once before, and it worked, so I tried it again this time and they peeled sooooooo quickly!! What is the great mystery?? It's plain ol' vegetable oil! When you put the water in to cover the eggs, put in a tablespoon or two of oil. Apparently the shells are slightly porous and the oil gets in between the cooked egg and the shell, helping the shell slide right off. Try it - I'll bet it will cut your peeling time significantly! I know it works for me!!

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15 comments:

Aubrey said...

OMGosh! That is a great tip! I just had the worst time peeling some the other day. This may save my sanity!

Michelle said...

Really? Wow! That's cool!

How are you feeling?

Annie Jones said...

I'm going to try that tip!

Also, eggs that are really fresh are much harder to peel than eggs that are a week or so old.

Monica said...

How did I not know this! Sometimes I think I loose half the egg white as the kids seem to pick the shell piece by piece with their little fingernails. Thanks!

Buffie said...

I will have to try this. I hate it when you have to struggle to get the shell off.

wherelifebecomesart said...

A few other tricks: Use eggs that are atleast two weeks old and they will peel like a DREAM. Also if you tap them on the counter and then roll them around with the palm of your hand on the counter, it loosens that "film" and they peel super easy. Thanks for your tip though...I'll try it next time I forget to buy eggs ahead of time and have to deal with fresh eggs.

Liz@Hoosier Homemade said...

Great tip! Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

Single Income Dual Kids said...

Thanks! Have tried everything else and still end up with scarred deviled eggs. Will try!

happylittlehouse said...

Oh, that is a great tip! I'll give that a try!

Rachel said...

I will definitely try this. I love hard boiled eggs, but hate taking the time to peel them!

Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

Great idea! I have been cut with the shells when trying to peel them in the past!

Jessica said...

Thanks so much for the tip! I love hard boiled eggs but I never make them (not particularly because they are so hard to peel, but more because I just can't seem to make them without them cracking open or solidifying with a strange air bubble inside the shell - argh!) ... but I will definitely plan to try this tip out soon!

Trishamoongirl said...

My husband has another way that works: boil water first, then lower the eggs in the boiling water with a ladle or other utensil, they won't crack and you will be able to peel the shell pretty much in a single piece.

Wolf said...

what a great tip! i always have trouble peeling hard boiled eggs and hope this works!

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