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How to Easily Peel a Hard Boiled Egg

Updated on December 1, 2014
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Nightcat enjoys cooking and was once a hot-foods worker in a previous life. She enjoys passing on tips for home chefs of all levels.

Kitchen Witchery

Hard boiled eggs are wonderful to eat, but a pain to peel. How many times have you torn away half the egg along with the shell, or tore it in half and watched the yolk fall on the floor for the cats to eat? Then cursed because the stupid cat played with it instead and you ended up stepping on it and had a gosh awful mess to clean up? But I digress.

I used to massacre eggs badly until my dad showed me a simple trick and it works, but of course I need you to read the thoughtful disclaimer first.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional chef, and although I've seen the pros use this trick on TV my daddy taught me first. With this 'Exactly how stupid are you?' look on his face too after seeing my latest egg massacre and muttering I need to stop watching so many slasher films because even Leatherface could do a better job. This tip works best on cooled eggs, by the way, but will work on hot ones as well. Oh, and eggs that are a week old or older are easiest to peel.

The intro picture is my own. If for some strange reason you feel compelled to copy it just give credit where credit is due and a link back. Thanks!

Tap and Roll Method

  1. Taking the egg in one hand tap it firmly on the counter to break the shell. Not so hard you wedge broken eggshell into the egg, of course. Unless you like to eat eggshells but then you wouldn't be here, would you?
  2. Roll the egg under your hand on the countertop. You will feel the shell start to crack and loosen. Remember were rolling an egg, be firm but gentle. Consider it practice for going all Rico Suave on people. Or Lady Gaga, I don't judge.
  3. Peel egg. Shell should come of easily if you rolled long enough. If it is stuck roll it a little more. Try not to get that crazed look on your face cats get when they knead things. It scares people.

Best Time to Peel Eggs?

Best Time to Peel Eggs?

Use for that peeled egg.

Give the egg a rough chop and put it on toast along with ham salad. Boom, dinner. Am I lazy, or what?

Tiger Eggs! - Yes, tigers lay eggs. Google it.

These take a lot more work, but promises to be dang tasty. Necessity, by the way, was the mother of this invention. Picture it. Easter 2014 was looming and I had the beets, the eggs and not enough vinegar. But I didn't know that as I sliced up an onion so....

You'll need:

Two clean jars with tight fitting lids

Enough white vinegar to fill one jar about halfway

Same amount of apple cider vinegar for the other jar

Two steaming mugs of Bengal Spice tea

Nine peeled eggs

One onion, chopped

Ground cloves


1)Put as much chopped onion, ground nutmeg and black pepper in jars as desired.

2) Add peeled eggs, dividing between jars because were making two types.

3) Add beets, dividing between jars, and split beet juice into jars as well.

4) Add vinegar to bring liquid at least half way up each jar. White in one, apple cider in the other.

5) Top off jars with brewed Bengal Spice tea, adding tea bags as well.

You can add more vinegar if you like or anything else you desire. The jars you see were made just hours ago, but the eggs won't be ready for at least three or more days.

Egg Timers!

Because you can collect AND use them, that's why.

Kikkerland Penguin Kitchen Timer
Kikkerland Penguin Kitchen Timer

Awww. Of course I'd feel wrong using a bird to time eggs.


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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      I don't think I roll my eggs for peeling but sounds like a good tip. I think I sorta tap mine on the counter then peel. Your TIger Eye eggs look good. I like them but have never made them. I got the recipe once and that was about it

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @bossypants: I sure didn't bossypants. Thanks so much for the visit, hugs! :)

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      bossypants 4 years ago

      I think I would inspire the same look your father gave you. Who knew there was an easy foolproof way to peel and egg?

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @geosum: That's an excellent point, geosum. That membrance can kae a gosh awful mess if you don't get through it. Thanks so much for visiting, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for sharing, Susan52! I know I used to tear half the egg away peeling it, lol! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      geosum 4 years ago

      I usually tap the large end and start peeling there. I make sure I go through the membrane. After that, it peels easily.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I actually remember the first time I watched a friend peel a boiled egg the way you describe. Couldn't believe I had never done it that way. So now I tap and roll, too, unless I'm not paying attention and forget the "roll" part, in which case I make a mess very much like the one you describe. Thanks for the reminder!