Saturday, May 8, 2010

How to boil and peel the PERFECT egg

I love me a good hard boiled egg.

Especially in a really good salad.

Sometimes though...peeling those eggs is a frustrating experience.
This is an egg from around Easter time (obviously)...
Here are the rules I use for boiling an egg...

Use a large enough pan for how many eggs you will be boiling.
You just need enough water to cover the eggs fully.
Put the eggs in the water while it is cold...
Add a couple pinches of salt
Bring to a soft rolling boil.
Put the cover on the pan and turn the heat off.
Leave for 12 minutes! Do not remove the cover.
They will be perfect every time!
**Now, to peel the eggs after they are cooled down

--Crack the egg softly on the counter

--Roll the egg along the counter, so as to crack it all of the way around.

--Now use a spoon, and jimmy it under the shell and under that protective clear liner that is under the shell.

--slowly work the spoon around the egg.

--Sometimes I can literally get the shell of in one piece, but usually there are a few pieces.

--Most of the time the shell will come off easily and smoothly.

However, I won't pretend that is all of the time. It isn't fool-proof, sometimes it doesn't come off smoothly, and it takes some of the beautiful white with it. In these times though, I have determined that it would have been even worse if I had just peeled it.

One way or the other, it works better with this trick!

The perfect egg!


  1. A spoon! That's the secret! Thanks for sharing. We're going to have to try that one. My kiddos love hard-boiled eggs.

  2. Love this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing..Found you over at the Link Party Tues.
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  3. Thanks for the great tip! We always have issues getting the shells off the eggs and we never know if it's the way we boil them or the quality of the eggs. We'll have to try this tip. Thanks!

  4. I'm totally going to have to try this! Sometimes it takes longer to PEEL the eggs than it does to cook them! Saw you at House of Hepworths.

  5. I've loved the cold water, salt, boiling etc. trick for years now. But the spoon? That's new, can't wait to try it.

  6. Thanks for the tip! I will give it a try. Visity from HOH link party.

  7. You just saved my sanity. I love hard boiled eggs, but I hate every minute of the process. I will be trying this one out for sure!

    Thanks for linking this up to A Little Creative Therapy with Life in the Pitts.