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Why are my hard-boiled eggs hard to peel?
I have a problem with boiled eggs. I make deviled eggs and when I boil the eggs I never get the same results. Most times the shell is hard to peel and the egg sticks to the shell making it look terrible on the plate. I have tried many timing methods, fresh eggs, warm eggs, etc., but I have no "tried and true" method that will give me eggs that peel easily every time. HELP!!!! Natalie L. McKenna
We feel your pain, Natalie! Try these step-by-step tips for making perfect hard-boiled eggs:
Step 1: Place eggs and water in a saucepan
- Arrange the eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan so they cook evenly. Do not stack them.
- Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.
Step 2: Bring water to boiling
- Heat saucepan over medium-high heat until the water comes to a rapid boil (water will have large, rapidly breaking bubbles).
- Immediately remove pan from heat.
Step 3: Cover and let stand
- After removing from heat, cover the saucepan and allow it to stand for 15 minutes.
- Drain the eggs, then run cold water over them or place them in a large bowl filled with ice water until the eggs cool.
Step 4: Peel the eggs
- To peel an egg, gently tap it on the counter to crack the shell. Use your fingers to peel off the shell.
- Rinse the peeled egg under cold water to remove any remaining bits of shell.
- If desired, use a thin-bladed sharp knife to chop the eggs.