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How do you peal the shell off of a hard boiled egg without destroying the outside of the egg?

SO asked for deviled eggs and I had a heck of a time getting the shell off of the egg! To say the least they are made and taste good but look terrible. What are your tricks for removing the shell??


Asked by marchar2002 at 4:35 PM on Jan. 17, 2011 in Food & Drink

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Answers (17)
  • After they are done cooking, run cold water over them for a few minutes and then peel them while they are still warm. The shell will slide right off.

    Answer by lyndsey1788 at 4:38 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Make sure that they are completely cooled down...crack and roll them on the counter top to break the shell. Then when you start peeling them, just under the shell will be a thin 'skin'. Get ahold of that and use it to peel the shell off.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 4:39 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Use older eggs (like a week or two, but not fresh). Add a tsp of baking soda to the water and eggs when you start it boiling. Let it come to a boil, then turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and run under cold water. (If you have ice, pack them in ice to chill them.) Crack the shell, then peel under running water. You should get perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs with no gray rings.

    Answer by geminilove at 4:50 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • I do it under the running water in the faucet, it makes it easier to peel.

    Answer by older at 4:36 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • If you cook it just a little bit longer, the shell will easily slide off.

    Answer by squish at 4:38 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • put in cold water right after its done cooking

    Answer by Zoeyis at 4:38 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • after cooking put them in a bowl then in the sink under cold running water for 15 minutes.

    Answer by dancer at 4:42 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • like others said, put them in a bowl of cold water when they're done. let them cool for a few minutes. then, take an egg, crack it, and while running it under cold water, begin peeling at the crack. if you can pinch & grab the "skin" under the shell, you can slide your finger right under it and sometimes get it off in one clean movement!

    Answer by tnm786 at 4:44 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • btw thanks for the craving :-)

    Answer by tnm786 at 4:45 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Deshelling eggs is difficult. The trick is to use older eggs like the previous poster said.

    Answer by Aquarius80 at 4:56 PM on Jan. 17, 2011