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How to Peel a Hard-boiled Egg

Have you ever been disappointed after seeing yet another gadget or method that is supposed to make it easier to peel hard-boiled eggs? After years of making dozens and dozens of deviled eggs for my family, friends, and coworkers, and peeling them all sorts of different difficult ways, I have finally found the perfect method. It works and doesn’t cost a penny.

Just put the cooked eggs in a bag with some cold water or even with a few ice cubes added to the water. Twist the top of the bag to keep the water from coming out and bang it against the side of your sink. I haven’t had a bag break yet, but banging it on the countertop is not recommended. I would not try it with a soft-boiled egg either.

In the sink you can then use your hands to squeeze through the bag to make sure all the shells have come off. This works with just one egg or a lot of them and the bag can be rinsed and drained and used for something else. No mess, dry hands, and no waste! In my photo I show garnishes I am getting ready to add to a lunch plate. They are sauerkraut and fresh leeks which I eat with almost every meal, fermented tomato relish, and the ubiquitous egg.

This is the fastest and best method I know of to peel an egg, but perhaps you know an even better way. Do you like hard-boiled eggs? How do you peel yours?

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Written by Ann Hartley

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