The Trick to Peeling Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs

| 3/28/2016 9:38:00 AM

Tags: eggs, hard boiled eggs, fresh eggs, chickens, Amy Conley,

Amy ConleyUntil recently, I have had such a difficult time peeling hard boiled eggs that were fresh from our chickens. It was almost impossible to peel them without getting half the white with the shell. I have tried every method and was unsuccessful. I read that you could salt the water or put white vinegar in the water. That didn’t work. Then I read a blog post from “A Garden for Your House” by Kevin Lee Jacobs. He is a fellow New Yorker and I love his posts. I have borrowed his method which I would like to share.


Take your fresh eggs out of the refrigerator because they should be cold. I used a straight pin to poke a hole in the wide end of each egg. Fill your pot with water and get it to a rapid boil. I salt the water and add a tablespoon of vinegar. I figure it can’t hurt. Once your water is boiling, gently place your eggs into it. I use a spoon because the first time, I dropped one and it cracked when it hit the pot, oops. Boil your eggs for 13 minutes. I like to move them around gently once in a while. As soon as your timer goes off — yes, I use a timer — crack the eggs and submerge them in an ice bath. Let them sit in the ice water for at least 15 minutes. Now it is time to peel them and you won’t believe how easy they come off. I will never use another method again.


I am sure this is a method that has been around for years but I never heard of it before. Now you can make egg salad, deviled eggs, Easter eggs, whatever your heart desires. I have not tried this with duck eggs but I am going to since we will be dying some for Easter.


4/4/2016 9:42:52 AM

Here is a link to how to steam them. You do not have to have a bamboo steamer, just any normal pot/pan with a lid. Or if you have a steamer, that is even better! -Jason R

4/4/2016 9:40:36 AM

Best method for peeling fresh eggs is to simply steam them. You can take them from the nesting box to the boiling pot and steam them. What I do is steam them for 15-20 minutes, depending on how done you want the yolk, and then take the eggs and put them into an bowl with water and ice. After the ice bath and once they are cooled off, you can peel them in less than 5 seconds with no problems whatsoever! -Jason R

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