Timely Information: How To Hard Boil Eggs So They Peel Easily

This week, with Easter just around the corner, many of us will be hard boiling eggs. Here’s how to do it so that the shells peel off easily. I tried it today for the first time, and was thrilled with the results!

Put a saucepan full of water on the stove to boil.

Next, you want to use a push pin to poke a hole in the fat end of each egg. You don’t want to poke it all the way through the shell, just part way. (If you happen to poke it all the way through, some egg white will leak out as you boil your egg, and your egg will have a flat part on one end instead of being nicely oval.) I cushioned my egg carton by placing a thick kitchen towel between it and my countertop, so that it I felt a little more secure that I wasn’t going to break an egg doing this. Not sure if that helped or not, but it made me feel better.

Carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water.

Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove eggs from water and drain in a colander or seive.

Immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice water. Let sit in ice water for 16 minutes.

Peel eggs, rejoicing that this is so easy!

As an added bonus, when you use this method, you don’t get any strange gray-green color around your egg yolk…just nice yellow and white eggs.

Easy! Delicious!

For the source for how I learned to do this (with more detailed information) click here.


  1. That is new. I had not seen this method before but am so glad you shared it. Farm fresh eggs can be so hard to peel no matter how old they are!

  2. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful lil tid bit. I just started raising chickens and the first time I tried to boil the eggs and peel them I was freaking out and so upset. I can't wait to try this as I am sure it will work like a charm!


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