Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pretty Hard-Boiled Eggs

I've never been able to find the perfect balance between a just-right-cooked hard-boiled egg and one that is easy to peel. Today, it happened. Katie's chickens are in productive mode. They're young and their eggs are small, but perfect. I went downstairs and asked if I could have a few, and took six. I wanted to do these eggs justice, and decided that hard-boiling would be a great way to enjoy them.

Here's the way to get eggs worthy of a buffet platter of fancy deviled eggs, or just pretty enough to appreciate as a simple snack for yourself. The appreciation really kicks in as the shell glides off the egg!

Follow these steps to easy-peeling hard-boiled eggs:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil (no eggs yet!)
2. When the water boils, using a spoon, gently lower eggs, one at a time, into the pot.
3. Boil for 15 minutes.
4. At 15 minutes, take off heat and, using a slotted spoon, remove eggs and gently submerge into a bowl of ice water.
5. Once the eggs are chilled, crack shells all the way around by tapping on table. Start at a crack, and gently lift shell off egg. The rest of the shell will slide off with a little coaxing.
6. Rinse with cold water to remove any remnant shell.

The big chill..
makes for easy-peeling eggs!


  1. I'll have to tr this. I had some that were really had to peel last week!!

  2. I will have to try yours too. I put mine in cold water, bring them to a boil, turn off heat and let them sit covered for 15 min. Mine are easy to peel also. Same premise I guess. Lynnie E.

  3. Had read in an article (sorry no reference remembered) that it has a lot to do with the age of the egg. I know I have boiled a half dozen before and had some easy to peel and some hard that pulled all the white off !

  4. Worth a shot, my hard boiled eggs always look like they went through a war...

  5. Hard boiled eggs can be frustrating at times. Have to try this!

  6. This sounds like a great idea ! Hardboiled eggs always give me a hard time !!!! CKJ

  7. OK...getting my 2 cents in as well. I put the eggs in the pan, cover them with cold water and a little salt. I bring the water to a boil and then turn the heat off, let the eggs sit for 10 minutes and then pour off the hot water and fill the pan with cold water. I find that if I crack the egg on the fatter bottom egg, I have better luck peeling them than trying to start randomly on the side. Life is too short to let ugly hard boiled eggs bother us, but it appears to be a universal problem LOL.