Three Effective Ways to Make Peeling Eggs Easier

Egg Peeling Everyone can peel an egg, right? Quite right, but can you peel it without creating craters on it, so it looks all dimpled and deformed? How about the ease of peeling the egg? Do you struggle with...

Egg Peeling
Egg Peeling

Everyone can peel an egg, right? Quite right, but can you peel it without creating craters on it, so it looks all dimpled and deformed? How about the ease of peeling the egg? Do you struggle with the shell, fighting to separate it from the white without having pieces of shell stuck and defiant?  Turns out that the simple act of peeling an egg may not be that simple after all. Is there a method to this maddening situation?

Thankfully, yes, and here's how to make it easier to peel eggs:

It’s all in the Boiling

How you boil the egg can either help you peel the eggs faster or frustrate you at every turn. For best results, place eggs in the pot and cover them with enough water by an extra inch. Crank up the heat on high and bring it to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, cover pot with a tight-fitting lid and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, run cool water over eggs to stop the cooking process, tap each egg against the counter or the side of the sink until it’s covered with cracks. Start peeling from the large end. It comes off like a song.

Use Ice Water

Don’t fight with the eggs. After boiling the eggs, drain off hot water, roll the eggs around in the pot so shells crack slightly. Transfer them to an ice water bath and let it sit for a while. Go eat lunch, watch a video or play Orange Crush. When you come back, the cold water will have made the shell porous and, therefore, easier to peel. Try it!

Use Baking Soda

Fresh eggs can be defiant, quite like teenagers. They will put out a fight, due in part to the lower pH (more acidic) of fresh eggs, which makes it harder to peel. Increase peel-ability by adding a little baking soda when you boil the eggs to increase the pH level in the egg. Decreasing the acidity will cause the membrane to stick less to the egg. In short, less acid, higher peel-abililty.

Using these tips can make egg-peeling a more pleasant egg-perience. The shell comes off easily and quickly, leaving beautifully peeled eggs. All that’s left to do? Enjoy!

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