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How to Hard-Boil an Egg So It Peels Easily

Have you ever thrown out a perfectly good hard-boiled egg because you got so frustrated trying to peel it? Here’s how to cook the perfectly-peelable egg.


  • Step 1: Put eggs in water Put the eggs in the pot and fill it with cold water until there is about two inches of water above the eggs.
  • Step 2: Boil With the burner on high, bring the water to a boil and let the eggs boil for seven minutes.
  • TIP: For soft-boiled eggs, boil the eggs for four minutes instead of seven.
  • Step 3: Prepare an ice bath About five minutes after the eggs have been cooking at a boil, put a tray of ice cubes into a bowl of cold water.
  • Step 4: Submerge eggs in bath Once the eggs are finished, remove them with a slotted spoon and put them in the ice water.
  • TIP: Don’t overcook the eggs or else you’ll get a green ring around the yolk, which will become chalky, and the whites will have a rubbery consistency.
  • Step 5: Let eggs chill Let the eggs sit in the ice water for five minutes and then drain the remaining ice and water.
  • Step 6: Refill bowl Refill the bowl with room temperature water.
  • Step 7: Crack eggs Crack each egg on a hard surface and submerge it in the fresh water, peeling the shell from the egg underwater.
  • TIP: Another way to remove the shell quickly is to break off the ends of an eggshell and then blow the egg from one end out the other.
  • Step 8: Rinse Rinse each egg under cool, fresh water and serve.
  • FACT: According to the Bible, the chicken came before the egg.

You Will Need

  • A pot to boil water
  • A medium bowl
  • A tray of ice cubes
  • A slotted spoon
  • Eggs

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