How to Peel a Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

How many times have you wanted to make a salad or just had a craving for a hard boiled egg? I personally love eggs and could eat egg salad everyday if my body permitted it. The problem I have always had is getting that pesky shell off. More times than not, I take half of the egg with it. On a rare occasion I will get one peeled perfect, I am all excited like a high school girl getting asked to the prom.


It couldn’t be just me right? So I hopped around the web looking for other people who had had the horrible “egg peeling luck” as well. Guess what? We are among friends! Well, other bad egg people at least. This picture from Mother Fitness made me feel absolutely wonderful. Mine have come out something like that in the past!

While on the hunt for how to find a way to waste less egg, I found so many ideas.  I was going nuts trying to find one and I was certainly not going to kill dozens of eggs to see if they actually worked or not. I went for the simplest one and the one that popped up most.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Why? To raise its pH level. Also cook your eggs a little bit longer to allow the whites to set firmly. Some people have reported that doing this can make the eggs taste more sulfuric. I for one didn’t notice it at all. I made a half dozen eggs.

Have you ever tried this method? Did it work for you?

If you don’t wish to use Baking Soda, here are a few other tips I found on how to make better hard boiled eggs.

  • Let your eggs sit to room temperature before cooking them
  • Always start cooking your eggs in cold water
  • Immediately after your eggs are done, put them in ice water. If you don’t have ice available, use the coldest water you have. The ice water forces the membrane surrounding the white and the egg itself to shrink instantly and detach from the shell making it slide right off.
  • I always peel my eggs under cold water before I even read the last one. It helps

If all else fails and you can’t get any of these to work for you…. Invite me over for egg salad sandwiches!

Disclosure: This is a personal post because I just felt like doing one. Not because I was asked to, paid to or given anything. That is still allowed right?

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3 Responses to “How to Peel a Perfect Hard Boiled Egg”

  • Ann B. says:

    When I’m peeling eggs at work, I use the ice home I just use the coldest water …..
    I’ve also found that the fresher the eggs, the harder they are to peel after boiling….so, if you have eggs on hand that are less fresh, boil those first….
    Also, I’ve never heard about the baking soda method, I think I will try that one too!

  • Toni-Lynn says:

    Let me know which work for you!

  • Maryann D. says:

    I will definitely try these suggestions. I have no luck peeling my hard boiled eggs. I have not even made them in a while because I cannot peel them!

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