My goodness if you have ever made deviled eggs then I’m sure at one point or another you have run into issues with peeling the shells off the eggs. Lately it seemed like it was an every time occurrence for me to have mangled boiled eggs. I’ve tried a few different methods like the ice cold bath after and the boiling with baking soda only to have neither work fully for me. I have finally learned how to the Best Way to Peel Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs.
We recently got hens this year and now have fresh brown eggs. I was worried because everything my husband read was that boiling fresh eggs was really hard to peel after. So I got online and researched stopping on this hot water method. Even when reading the explanation it just made sense to me and I wondered why I never even tried this before myself!
Here is what I do now to get my boiled eggs to peel easily with no mangling.
- Boil the eggs with medium high heat for 12 minutes – 15 minutes. I like to have them go a little longer closer to 15 personally. I drop my eggs in with a ladle after the water starts to boil.
- When the time is up you remove the pot and will need to chill the eggs by running cold water over them, or add ice to the pot.
- Once cooled you can take the hard boiled eggs and hold it under hot running water (but don’t burn yourself) for just a few moments. I also have put them in cool water then after 3 minutes start to crack and peel them. They are still warm and the shells come off easily. Then I put them back in cool water after to chill longer.
- Then you will want to crack and peel the egg right away.
Just look how beautiful these eggs are! Not mangled eggs here! Even my 9 year old and 6 year old are able to peel these boiled eggs with ease!
So when you are going to peel the eggs you should be quick about it. As the egg cools the inner membrane will stick to the egg again. It makes so much sense that heating it up allows you to be able to peel that shell and membrane away from the boiled egg in stead of sticking to it. You could also put some eggs in a small bowl and fill it with hot water and then let them sit for a minute to make them easy to peel again before the eggs start to cool.
Super thanks and credit goes here for the tips that I will never forget!