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Apr 18, 2014 09:35 AM

Peeling a hard boiled egg

what's the quickest way to peel a hard boiled egg. There has to be something quicker than waiting for it to cool and cracking it with a spoon and peeling it off with my fingers.

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  1. Yes. Shake the pan you boiled the egg(s) in around once you've drained the water, making the eggs bang against the sides, which starts cracking the shells already.

    Take the egg out and hold under cold running water. Peel.


    1. Crack the egg by rolling on the counter.

      1. A couple ways to deal with this:

        1) They'll peel more easily under water.

        2) If you're not planning on making deviled eggs, you can just slice it in half with a sharp knife, shell and all, and then just scoop the egg half out of the shell with a teaspoon.

          1. re: greygarious

            Some of those threads contained pure gold. And I'm speaking as someone who considered herself pretty knowledgeable (and experienced) in making hard-cooked eggs.

            In one, I learned about steaming eggs to hard-cooked perfection. Yes, I've tried that already. And they seem easier to peel, too.

            In others, I found these marvelous videos, the first of which details the method I outlined above.

            The last one looks cool, but I don't recommend it, never having tried it; the second one gives a good result, but takes some practice.

            Sloppy, but effective:



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