How to Peel Eggs – Quick and Easy!

The easy way to peel boiled eggs!

I used to keep laying hens, so we always had a lot of eggs. I sold some, gave some away, and cooked some. Of course, we often ate eggs for breakfast, and I used them a lot in baking and other recipes, but I also made pickled eggs. Hubby and his friends loved my pickled eggs, so I had to peel a lot of eggs. As they say, practice makes perfect. I can now peel eggs in a snap!

The first thing you need to understand about eggs is that the shell is not a “solid wall.” It’s actually slightly porous, so moisture can escape. The freshest eggs contain the most moisture, making them fuller, so they’re harder to peel. Keep this in mind when you’re planning on boiling a large number of eggs. Let them sit in the fridge for a week or so before you boil them, and the shells will come off much easier.

Once you’ve boiled the eggs, take them off the stove and immediately place them in the sink, pot and all. Run cold water over the eggs until they’re cool enough for you to handle. Reach in the pot and slightly crack each egg. I do this by banging the eggs against each other. Pour off that water and replace it with more cold water. Add ice if your tap water isn’t very cold. Let the cracked eggs sit for about 15 minutes. Start peeling from the large end of the egg. The shells will usually slip right off, in one or two sections!