Hard-boiled eggs are a wonderful breakfast, great addition to a salad or delicious afternoon snack on their own. Boiling the eggs is easy, but the real tricky part is peeling them properly. If you've ever tried and failed to peel a hard-boiled egg easily, you know that more often than not you're left slowly picking tiny shell pieces away from the egg (and probably some chunks of that egg with it). It's actually very easy to peel a hard-boiled egg, if you know the right trick. This tip will have you peeling hard-boiled eggs like a pro!
Once the eggs are done boiling, drop them into a bowl of ice water until they are cool enough to handle. If you don't need the eggs peeled right away, feel free to leave them in there for a bit. You can even store them in the fridge in the ice water. The ice water makes the eggs easier to peel because the egg shells are porous, so the moisture from the water prevents the membrane from clinging to the egg white.
Once the eggs have cooled for a bit, you're ready to get cracking. The best place to start peeling the egg is at the wider base of it, which is where the air pocket sits, making it easier for you to dig in. Gently tap the base of the egg on the counter and all around the rest of the egg. Roll the egg across the counter to release the suction of the membrane. (Don't press too hard while doing this or you could break the egg!) Then, you can begin to peel, which should be easy. The egg shell should come off like you're easily peeling away at an apple.
Watch the video above to see the trick to peeling hard-boiled eggs! Then, check out the slideshow below to discover how you've been cooking eggs all wrong!
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