There are several ways to prepare eggs, and hard boiling them is one of them. It sounds quite simple because all you have to do is boil, peel and everything is set, right? No. There’s nothing easy about making perfect hard boiled eggs. Lots of people struggle every time with shells that won’t come off in peace, taking huge chunks of egg whites with them. Worse, eggs that haven’t really hardened on the inside and are just one big runny mess of whites and yellows.
Good things take time, and that’s exactly what you need to give your hard boiled eggs to make sure they come out of the pot well cooked and easy to peel. With the right steps, you’ll no longer lose most of your egg with the shells, and you can forget about the horror of egg shells lodging underneath your nails. Below, see three hacks that will help you easily peel hard boiled eggs.
Use Baking Soda In Boiling Water
Putting eggs in cold water then bringing them to boil is a practice that most people do when preparing hard boiled eggs. As it happens, this is not the way to go for the best results. To make sure your eggs cook perfectly, let the water boil first then drop the eggs inside. Add a teaspoon of baking soda into the boiling water to help with the peeling. Baking soda helps by lowering the alkaline levels in the water, hence loosening the egg whites from the shells. Lower the heat after a couple of minutes, wait ten minutes then place the eggs in a bowl of cold water for them to cool. Once they’re cool enough to handle, crack the shell and peel it off. It will come off nicely leaving your boiled egg all round and nice.
This method will work well if you cook your eggs the right way. A tip is to choose old eggs over fresh ones, since they’ll be easier to peel. Then boil your eggs in hot water, don’t start them off in cold water. Once you’ve done this, crack the fat end of the egg with a spoon. Peel off a tiny bit of the shell with your fingers, just enough to let a spoon in. Wedge the spoon through the opening, between the shell and the white. Finally, rotate the egg to release it from the shell.
Cold Water Shock
After boiling your eggs, put them in a bowl then rock them together. This results in the formation of tiny cracks on the shells. Immediately before they can start cooling off, add ice cold water in the bowl with the eggs. The sudden change of temperatures while the eggs are slightly cracked causes the egg whites to shrink and separate themselves from the shells. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, you can easily peel off the shells without making a mess.
With any of these hacks, preparing hard boiled eggs will be as fun as eating them. Just don’t rush the process and it’ll all be worth it in the end.