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Start with boiling water! Starting the eggs in cold water and bringing to a boil makes eggs hard to peel. Instead bring the water to a boil and than gently lower the eggs into it, I use a slotted spoon.
I boil for 13 1/2 minutes and remove to an ice bath. The eggs will be very easy to peel. Just try it once and you will never again start them in cold water. Steaming also works but I prefer this method.
I had stopped making hard boiled eggs because I’d get so frustrated trying to peel them. Try this tip for the easiest peeling ever!
After cooking, then running the eggs in cold water, put 4 or 5 into a hard-sided, lidded container (a glass bowl or even the pan you cooked them in will work perfectly), just make sure the eggs have a little room to roll around. Put the lid on, then shake the container back and forth (not up and down!) for 10 -15 seconds. The eggs should practically fall out of their shells! If not, shake the container for 5 – 10 seconds more. This never fails to work for me!
Perfectly cooked. I forgot them and they sat in the hot water for 20 minutes. Not a problem and no green ring!
Yes the egg was cooked perfectly but because the egg was placed into the water before it was boiling it caused the Shell to stick to the egg making it more difficult to peel, if they were added once it was already boiling there wouldn’t be this issue.
Made it tonight!! Soooo easy!! Never made a batch in about an hour before!! It was great! I normally want to pull my hair out and throw the eggs!! I normally mess up several of them!! I think a huge trick is the older eggs!! Thank you!!
Thank you for helping me. I haven’t made hard boiled eggs in a long time. Your way makes sense.
I have been making deviled eggs for Easter for 35 years – and tried every method out there to boil eggs. The easiest peel method is to insert the eggs in boiling water (using ladle or tongs). I don’t know the technical terms, but the insertion into instant heat seals a thin membrane around the egg -making it easy to peel. Doesn’t matter what temp before or after – I take right from the fridge but room temp is fine too. Doesn’t matter age of eggs – works great all the time. When peeling doesn’t matter if eggs are still a little warm or if cooled down.
Trying now… Will the salt repel the Easter egg dye?
Very simple way to make hard boiled eggs that turned out PERFECT! Adding the salt was a great addition, my sample egg peeled so easily. Thanks so much for sharing!! Quick question though for next time? Is there a certain time length that I should leave the eggs in my big bowl of ice water to cool?
Just until they are cool enough to handle, Kelley. It shouldn’t take more than 5 to 10 minutes for you to be able to handle them–depending on how sensitive your hands are! :)
Kelley. I put mine in a ice/water bowl straight from pot and just peeled them from there.
This method worked perfect.
I see no mention about ‘stirring’ them in the early stages. It helps to center the yolks which makes deviled eggs present much better.
Thank you! This made all the difference – no more lopsided, flimsy halves. :o)
Really?!?! Never heard that before. Mine are always off to the side!
I use to take the timing for granted, thanks!
I need them hard for lunch boxes as they make a great snack
I make my eggs this way and them put them in the fridge to eat when we want–is it the
refrigeration that makes them hard to peel later????????????[usually out of 12 I get maybe 4
or 5 that peel easy]
Hi CW, both the freshness of the eggs and refrigeration can make the eggs harder to peel (the fresher the eggs, the harder they are to peel). I usually steam eggs to get them easy to peel. I’ve also starting peeling the eggs right after I cool them down with cold water. I often put them peeled in a covered container and store them in the fridge that way.
I add a teaspoon of baking soda to make the water Alkaline which makes the shells harder and easier to peel especially if you have to boil fresh eggs.
So many methods out there- this is the best!
It was helpful
Hard boiled eggs and rice have always been a struggle for some reason even though I am a pretty good cook, or so I’m told. This recipe works perfectly on gas or electric stoves and makes for easy, logical adjustment depending on how many you are making. Thanks so much!!!
This worked really well for me! Very easy to peel, no raw yolk, just overall very good! The only thing is that I think I may have overcooked them. I let them boil for a long time because I wasn’t convinced that the water was at a “full, rolling boil”. This resulted in a green color around the yolks and the yolks sliding out of the egg whites very easily.
Hi Dominique, yes if the yolks were green, you may have ended up cooking them too long.
What did I do wrong? Just as it came to the boil the egg exploded!
Hi, Mike! This doesn’t usually happen as long as you are adding the eggs to room temp water and bringing them both to a boil together, but if this is what you did and still had an egg crack on you, then my best guess is that there was weak spot in the shell that caused the egg to crack. I’d give this method another try with another batch of eggs!
Start with cold water and fridge cold eggs. They both come up to temp at the same time this way.