The Best Way to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

2014-01-30-howtopeelanegg130.jpgCook your eggs however you like -- slightly older eggs will help your peeling efforts, but using them is not necessary -- and cool them down. Fill up a separate, clean bowl with room temperature water.
01/30/2014 08:02 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: How to peel your eggs perfectly, every time.

The best kitchen tips are passed along from friends, or parents, or -- if you work in an office with an always-bustling test kitchen -- from colleagues. 

And such is the case with eggs. We all learned to cook them from someone, somewhere; they're personal, universally-loved. But make no mistakes -- they can be finicky, and, when hard-boiled, a real trip to peel. 

Recently, one of our developers, Beatrice, saved us all in the kitchen with her trick for peeling boiled eggs, gleaned from the kitchen of Blue Hill where she was but a young stage. We felt wiser. Enlightened. Our deviled eggs were already getting better.

Here's the best way to peel a boiled egg, no blowing required.

The Trick

Cook your eggs however you like -- slightly older eggs will help your peeling efforts, but using them is not necessary -- and cool them down. Fill up a separate, clean bowl with room temperature water. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, submerge them, one at a time, and use the edge of the bowl to crack them. 

Once cracked, the water helps to gently separate both the membrane and the shell from the white, making your job easier, and the world a better place.

Now: continue to peel like a champ underneath the water. Make the most perfect-looking eggs; impress your friends. Just don't forget to pass this tip on. 

We want to know how you peel an egg! Tell us in the comments. 

Photos by James Ransom

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: The Best Way to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

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