Monday, March 24, 2014

How to hard boil a fresh egg...without making a complete and utter mess of it

Fresh eggs don't like to peel.  It's a known, hard-boiled fact.  We are told each year around Easter, when everybody wants to make deviled eggs and potato salad with their colored eggs to use older eggs or BEWARE THE PEELING!

As a chicken owner, I am fully aware of this as I only have fresh eggs.  So, here's the trick you can use for all eggs for easy and awesome peeling.

You need to punch a hole in the larger end of the egg.  Now, there's a trick to the trick.  There's a membrane in the egg, just under the shell that protects the yolk and white. You don't want to pierce this membrane.  So, insert your push pin just far enough that it goes through the shell, but not so far that it pierces the membrane.  It's easy, just be careful.

Bring a pot of water to boil.  Normally you put your eggs in cold water, not in this case.  So, after the water has boiled, gently lower your eggs in and let simmer for about 14 to 15 minutes.  You want to make sure there's enough boiling water to cover the eggs completely.  When time is up, set pot under running cold water and cool those eggs down so they don't continue to cook.  Prepare hard-boiled eggs to your liking and enjoy!

I have a push pin that is my designated shell piercing push pin.  I wash it after each use and keep it in my spice cabinet.

 See how easily the peel is coming off?  This is what I like to see!

If My Oldest was around, these would be gone in half a second.  That girl loves her some hard-boiled eggs.  She's a carnivore.  Doesn't like frosting on cake.  Would eat a steak over a cookie any day of the week.

Happy hard-boiling!



  1. I tried about a bazillion methods just to get ANY egg to peel well. I finally figured it out. I haven't tried it on fresh eggs tho, so if that method doesn't work, I can move onto this one. If my neighbors ever give me any more garage-fresh eggs, that is. =D


  2. Oh that's interesting, I have never really had any trouble with peeling eggs but has you tried the baking soda method apparently it softens the shells while they're boiling.

    I'd pick steak over a cookie too ;)

  3. I don't cook enough of these and I love both soft and hard boiled eggs! It is annoying when the shell is hard to peel off, I'll have to try this as I'm determined to cook more of these! Although they'll have to be store bought (which is a bit of a bummer).

  4. I did not know this trick Heather! Thanks for sharing it. We have been getting fresh eggs from a friend and I'm sure I'll be boiling and peeling some soon!

  5. All the years of having chickens and struggling with trying to peel a fresh egg! This is genius. How come I didn't know this????

  6. My daughter's a big carni. too. And this trick is rocking awesome.

  7. I like the trick to the trick!! we love hardboiled eggs over here, so definitely keeping this handy for futer reference

  8. Heather, wow! Your timing is sis and I have started the 17 day diet which, for me means lots of boiled eggs. Just yesterday I peeled a stubborn egg and thought "I should get online and look for easy boiled egg peeling". Now I know! Thanks:)
    p.s. please don't hold the diet thing against me if you should see a post on my blog that's off-diet!! Ha!

  9. We love hard boiled eggs, but I don't make them as often as I might because I hate to peel the shells. Thanks for the great tip. I'll be trying it very soon.

  10. I didn't know the trick and I'll try it next time! I hope I don't ruin everything with that pushpin... I'm so clumsy!

  11. I love the 'would eat steak on cookies' comment. I had not idea there were actual techniques to hard boiling eggs. There you go again Martha Stewart.

  12. Sounds like a great idea to me. Gonna try it for my granddaughter's Memorial Day Picnic.


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