Peeling boiled eggs, the easy way!
I’ve learned lots of cooking tips over the years. I used to keep chickens, and needless to say, we ate a lot of eggs. Hubby liked pickled eggs, and so did his buddies, so I made gallons of pickled eggs. Of course, this meant boiling and peeling boiled eggs, which can be a slow, laborious process. Peeling hard boiled eggs can also result in damaged eggs, and when you’re pickling eggs, you want them to be perfect and completely intact. After many trials and errors, I discovered how to peel eggs quickly, and in a way that wouldn’t “mess up” the egg. Try this!
Add some salt to your water when boiling your eggs. Once your eggs are boiled, place the whole pot immediately in the sink, under cold running water. Dump out the hot water from the pot a couple of times. Once the eggs have cooled, pick up two eggs – one in your right hand, and one in your left hand. Use the “point” of one egg to crack the other egg. Drop the cracked egg back into the cold water. Repeat this process until all the eggs have been cracked. Replace the water in the pot once more with cold water. Let the eggs sit for about 10 minutes.
This is what happens: The cold water causes the eggs to contract a little. Cracking the shells will make the whites pull away from the shell even more. When the cracked eggs have cooled for about 10 minutes, the shell can be removed easily, often in a single strip! Start peeling eggs at the larger end for best results.
The 10-minute wait is not a hard and fast rule. Very fresh eggs will sometimes need more time in the cold water bath.