How To Peel A Boiled Egg

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 23 October 2014

Boiled egg peeled on kitchen table

Such a simple act in theory - but most of us have been through the carnage of an improperly peeled boiled egg. The yolk goes everywhere, half the delicious white comes off with the’s traumatic!

Different ways to perfectly peel your egg:

Just like the answer to ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg’, egg-sactly how one should peel an egg is equally debated!

So, we’ve included a few different tips and tricks that people swear by on how to peel their boiled eggs, without losing half of them in the process. If one doesn’t work, try the other!

The many methods of how to peel an egg:

After you’ve boiled your eggs to your liking:

  1. Put them in ice water immediately. Let them chill in that water for at least 15 minutes before peeling under cold water

  1. Refrigerate overnight, and then peel under cold, running water (we’ve done this ourselves, and can attest to the fact that refrigerated eggs are far easier to peel!)

  1. Use a spoon: Boil your egg, cool it down, and slice it in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Then slide a teaspoon or tablespoon (depending on the size of your egg) in between the egg's shell and the egg white (making sure to keep the egg's "skin" intact) and gently pop out the egg.

  1. Want to serve your boiled eggs hot? Serve them in the shell.

  1. The fresher the eggs are, the more difficult they can be to peel. For an easier peel, use some of the eggs you may have collected days ago, instead of the ones freshly laid this morning!

So there you have it. If you want eggs that are easy to peel, keep them cool and calm - and they’ll stay collected. Or, just serve them in the shell, and let them cool when served.

Have you tried any of these methods? What are your secrets to the perfectly peeled egg? Why not comment on our Facebook page with your tips, tricks and photos of your flawless boiled eggs! We’re definitely interested in finding out more ways.

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