Ask Cynthia a Question – March 20, 2013

Cindy 2003 Photo smallDenise (and many others) asked: “What’s the best way to boil eggs so they will easily peel?”

My answer: I don’t have a magic solution for boiling eggs so they will peel more easily. Here are some tips I’ve used over the years.

  1. I purchase my eggs ahead of time so they’ll be in my refrigerator for at least 1 week before they’re boiled. A funny note: When we had our own laying hens, people would often ask me to bring deviled eggs for get-togethers. I guess they thought we had so many eggs that deviled eggs would be the most convenient item for me to bring. Perhaps, too, they thought fresh deviled eggs would be tastier. Keep in mind that fresh eggs are the worst for “letting go of their shell” so (little did everyone know) I always purchased my eggs at the grocery store whenever I made devil eggs.
  2. I boil them for exactly 10 minutes for hard cooked. If eggs are overcooked they will be more inclined to stick to their inside shell.
  3. Here’s an article “How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs” from Simply Recipes that aligns to my method(s) that you might find helpful.
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