Here are 7 Ways to Peel those hard boiled eggs
There are many opinions on the best way prepare and peel hard boiled eggs. These 7 are a few I have known to work. My favorite though is the 6th options, needling.
Read to the end of the article for some more important hard boiling tips for your eggs.
Method #1: Blow Out!
Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to pot of water and slow boil eggs for 15 minutes. The baking soda raises the PH and keeps the skin form adhering to the shell. Cool eggs and remove from pot. Crack the top and bottom of each egg. Blow on the large end and watch the egg come out already peeled.
Method #2: Boil and Shake
Boil eggs about 15 minutes. Add cold water to pot. Allow eggs to cool then drain water. Top with a plate, then shake.
Method #3: Mason Jar
Fill a glass cup or a mason jar with about 1/2 inch of water. Then add the egg. If you have a mason jar, screw on the lid.
Turn the cup to the side, pressing one hand over the open end so the water doesn’t pour out.
Start shaking! Don’t let the egg roll around the glass, but rather make sure it’s hitting the sides of the glass. You’ll begin to see the eggshell cracking.
Keep shaking until the shell slips off! Rinse the egg under cold water to remove any small shell shards, then enjoy.
Method #4: Spooning
Boil eggs for 15 minutes. Remove eggs from heat and cool them in cold water. Crack shell all over, insert spoon under shell, then rotate the egg. The shell will fall right off.
Method #5: Submerge
Let the eggs age for two weeks in the refrigerator. Boil water to a soft boil and add eggs. Boil 15 minutes then remove from heat. Pour off the hot water and replace it with cold. Once cool enough to hold, but still warm, crack each egg all over with the rounded surface of a metal spoon and put back into the water. The shells will pull away and peel themselves!
Method #6: Needling
Before you boil your eggs, poke a hole in the large end being careful not to puncture the yolk. More water will be absorbed into the egg making them easier to peel. Gently place them inside your boiling water. Extra water in your eggs helps separate the egg white from the shell membrane.
Method: #7 Fresh Egg Steam
Fill the bottom of a double boiler and heat to boiling. Place a steam basket on top of the boiler. Add your eggs into the upper basket, cover, and steam for 15 minutes. After cooking, immediately put the eggs into ice cold water to cool. The shells will come right off.
Bonus Tips For Preparing Water
Do not add vinegar to boiling eggs. They are already acidic and that causes the membrane to stick to the shells.
Adding baking soda raises the ph and the alkaline keeps the membrane from sticking to the egg.
Piercing with a pin allows more water inside the egg and causes the shell to release from the egg.
Which of these methods have you tried? Do you have a suggestion for another way? Let me know in the comments!
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