How To Cook And Peel Hard Boiled Eggs


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Hello there ladies and gentlemen. Before we talk about hard boiled eggs, I wanted to let you know that my little old blog is going to be going through some changes this spring.

I am feeling a few growing pains and have been concerned for some time about how SLOW my blog loads, making it hard for you dear readers to hop around from recipe to recipe. I’m also interested in making my Recipe tab a bit more user friendly with pictures and the like. In order to make improvements I’m going to be moving from Blogger to Word Press. I’ll be making the change in steps to hopefully minimize any difficulties! Before I actually make the switch to Word Press and have all the recipes moved into that new program I am changing my address, which will happen this weekend.   
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Now let’s talk about hard boiled eggs, shall we? Isn’t Easter coming up or something?!


 Have you ever made your self a nice pot of boiled eggs and then tried to peel them only to have the shell stick to the egg like crazy so that you can’t get the darned thing off and you end up breaking some of the precious egg off with the shell!! and then your eggs are a mess and you start to get mad, like really mad because you wanted pretty boiled eggs not eggs that look like they had a run in with an airplane propeller. 
That has happened to you!
Me too. 
I’ve done a bit of research for you and I, in hopes that we can solve this very important egg peeling dilemma. Let me show you a few tricks.  

1. Place the eggs carefully in the bottom of a heavy pan and cover them with 1-2 inches of cold water.

2. Bring the water to a boil over medium high heat. Once the boil is rapid

turn the heat down to low (so that the water simmers instead of boils), cover the pot immediately with a lid and let it simmer away for 1 minute. 

3. Remove the pot from the heat (do not take the lid off) and let the eggs hang out in the hot water for 10-12 minutes. 

4. To be sure the eggs are cooked after the 12 minutes, remove one egg from the hot pan with a slotted spoon and run it under cold water. 

5. Crack the shell and peel it away from the egg. Cut the egg in half with a sharp knife to be sure the yolks is cooked though. If it’s a bit runny, allow the other eggs to stay in the hot pan with the lid on for several more minutes. 


1. Once you have tested one egg and know for a sure fact that the eggs are cooked through, carefully pour the hot water out of the pan and into your sink.

2. Immediately run cold water over the eggs and let them sit in it for about 2 minutes.

 A special thanks to MyHandsomeHusband for allowing me to take pictures of him pouring water out of this pot. Please note that I do not have hairy arms or knuckles. Thanks for your attention.

3. Pour the cold water out of the pan,

and replace it with water that is quite warm. Not so warm that it’s uncomfortable to touch. Allow the eggs to sit in it for 2 minutes. 

4. Select an egg from the pot of water. Allow warm tap water to run over the egg while you crack the shell and pull it away from the egg. Letting the water run under the membrane of the egg helps it to come off more easily. 

Vwalla. There you have it. The incredible edible egg. What should we make with it…..? Something for Easter Dinner maybe? Come on back tomorrow and we’ll chat about it. Hope to see you then! 🙂


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  1. 1
    March 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I have found one of the easiest ways to peel an egg is to take and crack it slightly after it has cooked and cooled, take a spoon and slide it up under the shell between the egg and shell and just slide the spoon around. You can usually have the entire thing peeled fairly quickly and without a huge mess at all! Thanks for your great blog site. I have enjoyed many of your recipes and look forward to trying many more!

  2. 2
    March 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Good luck and congrats on your blog move! I hope it transitions easily for you.

    Your method of cooling the cooked eggs is similar to Julia Childs. Putting your cooked eggs into an ice water bath stops the cooking process (eliminates the yucky looking green/gray yolks) and shrinks the egg from the shell. Putting them back in boiling water for 10 seconds expands the shells away from the egg, making it easier to peel. The eggs are put back in ice water to cool completely. I've had a 99.8% success rate with this method. Happy Baking!

  3. 3
    March 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I have also heard that if you put a splash of vinegar in the water it helps the shells to not stick! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4
    March 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    If you shake salt in the water with the eggs they will come out easier too. I've had very good results with 2 shakes of salt in water.

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  5. 6
    March 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks, as always for teaching me something new, and giving me a reason to laugh while you're at it!

  6. 7
    March 29, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I've found that I only have difficulty peeling the eggs when the eggs are really fresh. So if I know an event is coming up that I need hard boiled eggs I buy the eggs a few weeks in advance, and then they are a breeze to peel.

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    March 29, 2012 at 2:28 am

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  8. 9
    March 29, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I like Rachel Ray's method. After the cold water bath, she puts the lid on the pot and gives the whole pot a good shake. It cracks all the shells and makes them much easier to handle.

  9. 10
    March 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    You rock, Jaime! I did 18 eggs last night for a dinner and followed all 9 of your steps. A breeze!

  10. 11
    March 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Perfect eggs!

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    Sharon Collins
    April 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I love your blog, Jamie!!
    I bring my eggs to a boil…take them off heat and cover for 12-15 minutes. I run cold water over them and let them sit in cold water a few minutes…I crack the eggs on the counter, the smaller end first…they always peel perfectly.

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    Jeanne Knight
    June 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I am so glad you mentioned that was not you with the hairy hands and arms!!

  13. 14
    Peggy Barnes
    July 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This worked great!! I think peeling in warm water is the key!

  14. 15
    Peggy Barnes
    July 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    This worked really well! Thank you! I think the key is peeling them while they are still warm.

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